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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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Unpink Cancer Support: A Decade of Gratitude

October 11, AD2015 4 Comments
Unpink Cancer Support: A Decade of Gratitude

  Cancer is always a devastating diagnosis; a genetic makeup showing a propensity for the BRCA 1 defect brings an outlook even more overwhelming. Ten years ago my cancer diagnosis featured this arguably most dreaded form. BRCA 1, triple negative breast cancer grows and spreads quickly, all the while being statistically high in recurrence. Seeing […]

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5 Reasons Abortion Remains Legal

September 9, AD2015 9 Comments
5 Reasons Abortion Remains Legal

Here we are, forty-two years later, and the ill-conceived legal right to abortion still targets the most innocent members of our society. Despite prayer, educational efforts, transformative heart softening pleas, and myriad legal attempts, the beast abortion lives on. Still some things to be noted in our quest for human dignity for all come at […]

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Dr. Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

August 18, AD2015 45 Comments
Dr. Ben Carson: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

With the crowded Republican field, one would assume that someone will surely stand out as the pro-life candidate. After all, most if not all of them have spoken out against abortion. Yet, what appears to be pro-life on the surface doesn’t necessarily make the cut once the details come to light. Dr. Ben Carson: The Good One […]

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Selling Baby Body Parts: What a Difference a Video Makes

August 7, AD2015 7 Comments
Selling Baby Body Parts: What a Difference a Video Makes

For the past few days the Center for Medical Progress has released a total of five videos, spotlighting the horrific happenings at Planned Parenthood (PP). The documented fact that unborn babies have been experimented on, their parts used for everything from vaccines to taste-testing soda and cosmetics, comes as no surprise to those deep in the trenches […]

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That Despicable New Minion Movie

July 10, AD2015 31 Comments
That Despicable New Minion Movie

As is our habit for July birthdays, my adult daughter and I go to a movie to celebrate. This is a decades long tradition for us and often the only movie we see at a theater all year. Now that she has children, they inevitably tag along for a fun family outing. We make a […]

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Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

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Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

June 15, AD2015 2 Comments
Keep Calm and Rely on Sound Doctrine

The times, they are a-changin’. It can arguably be said that we are in a moral crisis mode unequalled in history. Certainly, there have been depraved and godless societies before us – even to the extent of the sexual perversion and idolatry of riches (and power) rampant today. But what we haven’t seen in times […]

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Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

May 27, AD2015 4 Comments
Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate […]

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Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

May 21, AD2015 123 Comments
Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

This isn’t your parent’s scouting! As if it’s not bad enough that the Girl Scouts of America are in cahoots with abortion giant Planned Parenthood, enter the push within the Boy Scouts of America for openly homosexual leaders. As it is, they already accept openly gay scouts into the fold. But now we have more, deeply troubling developments […]

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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

April 2, AD2015 36 Comments
Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

In sharing what seemed like a simple, informative item about Seder, I was met with much confusion and a charge of Anti-Semitism. It all began when I posted this audio on Facebook last night. With it, I quoted a priest friend: “The ONLY ‘Seder” that celebrates the divinity of Christ is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the New Covenant Seder […]

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Who Is Deserving of Life and Love?

March 26, AD2015 4 Comments
Who Is Deserving of Life and Love?

If I were to tell you that I only love my blue-eyed children, what would you think? There would surely be well deserved outrage! What if God only loved those of us who were saints or we were obligated to only love those with whom we agree? How would the family fare if children only […]

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Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

March 12, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

The idea of contraception isn’t new; Egyptian scrolls, dating back as far as 1900 BC, refer to birth control of varying types. It seems, mankind has been trying to circumvent the procreational aspect of human intimacy all through history. Yet, some of the earliest instruction put forth by the Bible also condemns such acts. As […]

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7 Things Not to Do For Lent

February 26, AD2015 5 Comments
7 Things Not to Do For Lent

Lent is a time of spiritual self-discovery, renewal, and an invitation to find God’s will for us. Through sacrifice, prayer, and alms-giving we are looking to join Jesus in the desert – finding a purer form of ourselves. There are as many opportunities for Lenten self-improvement as there are individual souls. As we enter the […]

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50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

February 13, AD2015 2 Comments
50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

  When I was a young adult, someone told me a somewhat off color joke. An elderly couple was peacefully sitting on their porch swing one evening. Lost in the serene spectacle of the setting sun, the husband was stunned when his wife smacked him harshly across the face. “Why did you do that?’ he […]

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The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

January 26, AD2015 60 Comments
The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

Love him or hate him, Matt Walsh has a way of purposefully stating the obvious with a take no prisoners approach. I haven’t read many of his posts but Yes, I am Prolife Even in Cases of Rape and Incest. Here’s Why had me at the headline. I, too, share this sentiment and, as my […]

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Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

January 10, AD2015 9 Comments
Why Smells and Bells Matter in Liturgy

We humans are complex creations. It cannot be denied that we are “fearfully and wonderfully” made by our God. The earthly bodies He gave us are composed of miraculous functions and capabilities. Among them, our senses not only aid our survival, they collaborate to bring richness to our lives. We’ve all experienced the mental lift of […]

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Remaining Tethered to God

November 14, AD2014 10 Comments
Remaining Tethered to God

Recently, I had the privilege of caring for the newest member of our family. Jacob Alexander is two months old, and his mother was returning to work. Since he is the first addition to our extended family in the past 5 years, there are some adjustments being made. We have slowly become accustomed to more […]

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Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

October 17, AD2014 16 Comments
Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

I’ve traversed the murky waters of the reportage going on concerning the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for the past week or so. There have not been many breaths of fresh air in the smog of blogdom, as far as I can see. On the other hand, the vitriol is plentiful. What finally threw me […]

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Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

October 8, AD2014 38 Comments
Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

Every year, as October comes around, many breast cancer victims like me find themselves inwardly groaning. How can efforts purportedly for our benefit be so tragically off the mark, and even immoral? Yet every year, it seems that the public is somehow transported into a fake pink world of good intentions. Instead of telling you […]

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12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

September 19, AD2014 21 Comments
12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

As Holy Mother Church plans the World Meeting of Families, my husband and I are approaching our 40th wedding anniversary. As a child bride of 17 marrying her high school sweetheart, I felt the invincibility of our union with the passion of youth. Now, some four decades later, I’d like to reflect on what we’ve […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 13 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 12 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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5 Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Win – A Victory for All Religions

June 30, AD2014 89 Comments
5 Thoughts on the Hobby Lobby Win – A Victory for All Religions

In a historic 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States sided with the contention that the HHS Mandate is unconstitutional. Although it’s disappointing that the decision was so close, we are again reminded that when man stands for what is right, God is honored – no matter the outcome. Hobby Lobby spent countless […]

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Facebook: 5 Ways It Can Bless Your Life

June 27, AD2014 9 Comments
Facebook: 5 Ways It Can Bless Your Life

Facebook is a vastly overused, much maligned facet of social media. Of that there can be no denial. We’ve all read stories of mothers neglecting their children to play some inane game. Dinners burn or go uncooked and families fall apart because a virtual ‘relationship’ got in the way. Other, smaller, proofs of the downside of […]

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