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Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 40 years. They have four children and nine living grandchildren (all age twelve and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Designs By Birgit and Facebook fan page Designs By Birgit, where she shares the pro-life memes she creates.

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Petulant Children Seeking Patience

September 10, AD2017 1 Comment
Petulant Children Seeking Patience

“The virtue of patience is the one which most assures us of perfection.” -St. Francis de Sales Patience, where have you gone? I’m trying so hard to find you as this dear little one settles down for a nap, but his incessant whimpering for ‘mama’ is difficult to ignore. All of my tried and true […]

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Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

July 14, AD2017 0 Comments
Recognizing Neighbor in Today’s World

In the book of Luke, an expert in the law asks, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus responds with the parable of the Good Samaritan. His examples guide us through several encounters with an injured man – all with diverse responses.  Jesus then turns to the lawyer  and asks: Which of these three, in thy opin […]

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Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

March 4, AD2017 3 Comments
Silence Can Be A Sinful Form of Bullying

Although popular wisdom proclaims silence is golden, in some circumstances silence can also be a form of bullying. As humans, our basic needs go beyond sustenance and shelter for our mortal bodies. God has endowed us with an intrinsic need for love as well. Communication becomes a vehicle for that love. We live our lives yearning […]

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Soldier or Saint – Leave No One Behind

January 13, AD2017 0 Comments
Soldier or Saint – Leave No One Behind

In his book, Church Militant Field Manual, Father Richard Heilman relates the Soldier’s Creed of the United States Army. “I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills.” Military discipline, that which aids these warriors in protecting their country, demands a dogged dedication to developing their strength in […]

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The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

December 31, AD2016 0 Comments
The Gift of Unanswered Prayer

We all have things that regularly appear in our prayer petitions. Some are wants, some needs, and some are desires. As the saying goes, “God has three ways to answer our prayers – yes, no, and not now.” Like any good parent, God the Father indulges us but gives preferential treatment to our needs. Sometimes […]

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We Are the Reason for the Season

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
We Are the Reason for the Season

As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that of our childhood. Seeking the Hidden Objects in Life The possibilities of […]

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Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

November 21, AD2016 6 Comments
Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

The contentious nature of the 2016 political season exposed a division so wide as to have literally split our nation in two. Even the Catholic population has displayed an appalling chasm of difference. That so many Catholics have increasingly found it acceptable to fervently support champions of abortion is heart-rending. The hearty support of candidate […]

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I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

October 30, AD2016 24 Comments
I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

Contrary to popular reporting, Breast Cancer does not necessarily mean a death sentence for baby or mother. The truth of the matter is that both can safely live. If you are not aware of this aspect of oncological medicine, it might surprise you to know that this scientific fact is not news at all. Mothers […]

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The One Essential Thing: Generosity

October 23, AD2016 0 Comments
The One Essential Thing: Generosity

According to The Seven Pillars of Catholic Spirituality, Mass is the third pillar – after Confession and Contemplation. Yet what exactly do we expect to get out of Mass? Are we preoccupied with the ‘cosmetics’ of the Mass – music, priest, parishioners, or other human trappings – or are we there for the nourishment of […]

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Is This Election About Smut or Governing?

October 16, AD2016 24 Comments
Is This Election About Smut or Governing?

As we approach this election we should ask ourselves, “How many presidents have we had? How many of them were unsavory characters? What was the reaction of the people? How did these issues affect their ability to serve? Do we even know of the skeletons in each of their closets? Have we ever been so […]

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Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

October 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

For many of us, the national election continues to be problematic. While reservations concerning Trump remain, Hillary will be the demise of any hope we have for maintaining a semblance of ethical integrity. The recent changes in Trump are striking, not in the words he speaks, but in the allies he has cultivated. Fr. Richard Heilman […]

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7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

September 26, AD2016 7 Comments
7 Reasons I Do Not Wear a Chapel Veil

Because I Am Not More Holy than You Many people these days look at women who choose to practice the devotion of veiling as ‘holier than thou’ – most characteristically in Novus Ordo parishes. Nothing could be further from the truth. In my personal experience, the reasons women veil are numerous. Their motivation includes emulating the Blessed […]

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10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump (or Clinton)

July 28, AD2016 72 Comments
10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump (or Clinton)

The political season is upon us and we would be hard-pressed to recall one that was more acrimonious. Division has been sown in families, churches, and the public square. Unlike the sort of division foretold by Jesus, in reference to who would or would not follow Him, this division is solely of this world. Hillary […]

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The Chastity, Mercy, and Love of Saint Maria Goretti

June 28, AD2016 1 Comment
The Chastity, Mercy, and Love of Saint Maria Goretti

During my sixth grade year of Catholic school, Sister James Alma taught us about Saint Maria Goretti – the young patroness of chastity, rape victims, and merciful forgiveness. Although my knowledge of sexuality was immature, the affinity felt for this young saint of chastity touched a chord deep within my heart. To think that someone […]

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Like a Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

June 2, AD2016 8 Comments
Like a Voice Crying Out in the Wilderness

You have probably heard the old philosophical question, “If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there, does it still make a sound?” Obviously, whether or not anyone saw a tree fall or heard it crash to the ground, a tree, planted in the ground, went from being vertical to being horizontal. It […]

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How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

April 26, AD2016 12 Comments
How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

“I wonder how many cases of rape actually result in a pregnancy?” Most women these days take the Pill anyhow.” This question was asked after a Facebook posting which stated that American Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, ‘absolutely’ wants the Republican Party Platform to include rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions. This line of […]

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Defying Abortion Logic: A Prolife Teen Experience

April 8, AD2016 12 Comments
Defying Abortion Logic: A Prolife Teen Experience

Relying “on the well-worn argument of pro-abortion activists that women need abortion and contraception to succeed in life” Wendy Davis spoke to students at Catholic (?) University of Notre Dame. Entitled “Rising Up: From Single Mother to Harvard Law, How Every Woman Stands to Make a Difference,” Davis’s talk promoted the well-worn argument that women need […]

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Easter Letdown or Easter Joy?

April 1, AD2016 0 Comments
Easter Letdown or Easter Joy?

In our flawed human existence, we often experience a letdown after major holidays (holy days). The buildup leading to the event, in this case, Easter, has been fruit-filled and intense. We may have ramped up one, or all, of the three expressions of faith during the Lenten season – sacrifice, prayer, and almsgiving. Perhaps, this […]

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I Had a Dream … And It Opened My Eyes

March 18, AD2016 0 Comments
I Had a Dream … And It Opened My Eyes

Currently, I am reading two books. One was given to me as a penance to be read slowly, a page or two at time. The other, “Rediscover Jesus: An Invitation”, was given to me by a priest friend. While they are very different, the combination of reading these two books has been revealing. Together with an […]

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Hymns or Heresy?

February 28, AD2016 16 Comments
Hymns or Heresy?

This will be short and sweet. Yours truly is weary of church songs, masquerading as hymns, portraying something other than Church teaching. It’s bad enough that every Tom, Dick, and Harriet wants to see himself (herself) as a composer, leaving us with what amounts to a roller coaster ride up and down the scale. Vapid […]

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Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

February 7, AD2016 6 Comments
Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

  Among the differences between Catholics and Protestants, is the use of the crucifix or cross. This was keenly brought to my attention when a faithful Protestant friend brought her children to the Right to Life office one day. Hanging in a prominent place above the office door, was my Saint Benedict crucifix. When her […]

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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 21, AD2015 57 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 12, 2014. We are republishing here for your holiday consideration, since the message is still quite relevant today.] It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer […]

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Can a Non-Catholic Find Comfort In Mary?

December 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Can a Non-Catholic Find Comfort In Mary?

Recently I received a question from someone who is not Catholic. Although she thought it might be a silly question (it wasn’t) she wanted to know if a Protestant owning an object with the image of the Blessed Mother, Mary, on it was objectionable to Catholics (it isn’t). Apparently, this dear sister in Christ has […]

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Halloween: Don’t Be Spooked, It’s Catholic

October 26, AD2015 9 Comments
Halloween: Don’t Be Spooked, It’s Catholic

Halloween, often feared by Evangelicals, is not the satanic celebration of evil it is sometimes portrayed to be. Catholics know this is a day to celebrate, not to frighten. In that vein, Catholic Christians often choose to dress as saints or other characters we admire, as well as poking a bit of fun at the […]

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