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Author Archive: Cynthia Millen

Cindy and her husband Jim were blessed to have five kids in four years (2 sets of twins), and are looking forward to grandchild number 3. Her love for reading and writing grew into the publication of several children's books (under the name C. M. Millen), poems, short stories, and a short book about the Natural Law. She enjoys growing things in her garden, knitting, the teaching (and learning) from the students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio, and attending Mass there with marvelous parishioners and priests. She also writes for Catholic Mom.

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Ministering to Jesus

May 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Ministering to Jesus

“There were many women there, looking on from a distance, who had followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering to Him.” (Matt. 27:55) We all know the joy of reading a great book for a second or third time. Perhaps when we first read it, we were young and didn’t pick up on some of the nuances […]

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Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

April 2, AD2018 7 Comments
Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” –St. Teresa of Calcutta It has by now been well documented that the legalization of abortion and the promotion of hormonal contraceptives did not lead to the intended results. The argument […]

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Celibate Love and the Cycle of Tenderness

February 28, AD2018 2 Comments
Celibate Love and the Cycle of Tenderness

“The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one’s word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest’s inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity.” —Pope St. John Paul II “There is no force in the world better able to alter anything from its course than […]

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Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

January 22, AD2018 12 Comments
Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

Truth, by which the world is held together, has sprung from the earth, in order to be carried in a woman’s arms. — St. Augustine Blessed Pope Paul VI, the author of Humanae Vitae, is finally being hailed as somewhat of a prophet. Subject to intense criticism over fifty years ago, Pope Paul argued that support […]

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The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

December 23, AD2017 0 Comments
The Wait: A True Advent Story of Hope

My strawberry-blond, freckled-faced, non-stop mother, Jeannine, was the youngest of four and as such was hopelessly spoiled. Nicknamed “Peaches,” she was a very welcome addition to my grandparents after the loss of two babies beforehand. She was also quite a bit younger than her oldest brother, Dick, who graduated high school the year Mom received […]

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Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

November 30, AD2017 0 Comments
Seeing the Sign: A Reversion Story

The woman walked into the sign shop. She needed to order a banner for her daughter’s swim team and knew the owners of this shop well. No one was at the counter when she arrived. It was common for them to be in the back, working. She went to ring the bell and saw a […]

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The Catholic Attitude Towards Abortion: Go and Sin No More

October 23, AD2017 1 Comment
The Catholic Attitude Towards Abortion: Go and Sin No More

Simply believing in the existence of God is not exactly what I would call a commitment. After all, even the devil believes that God exists. Believing has to change the way we live. —Mother Angelica The Church advocates for the protection of all human life, from conception to natural death, and many of us feel […]

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Virtue Signaling and Social Media Pharisees

September 20, AD2017 0 Comments
Virtue Signaling and Social Media Pharisees

It is amazing how much the words of Jesus apply to our modern era and cut right to the hypocrisy of our worldly ways. Then and Now While He was carrying His cross to Calvary, a group of sobbing women met him along the way. According to Luke 23:28-29, He said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do […]

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

August 21, AD2017 10 Comments
From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

Diana (pronounce Dee-ahna) sat in the passenger seat as I was driving. Her three kids were in the back seat looking out the windows quietly. Diana was equally quiet as we had only met the day before, and it was only by chance that I was asked to give her and her family a ride […]

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Seeing Others with the Light of Christ

July 19, AD2017 0 Comments
Seeing Others with the Light of Christ

While staying in a remote rural hermitage in western Ireland, there happened to be one day and night that was totally clear — a rare event in Ireland. There had not been a cloud in the sky for 24 hours. Looking out of my window, after the sun had set, I was startled to see […]

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Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

June 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Iftar Buffets, Apple Orchards, and Mutual Respect

We are blessed to live in Toledo, Ohio, where we have one of the most diverse populations in the U.S., and an amazing choice of ethnic restaurants. Most notably, the corridor from Toledo to Detroit is home to one of the oldest and largest Arab-American populations in our country (God bless Danny Thomas and Jamie […]

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One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

May 20, AD2017 33 Comments
One Catholic to Another: Don’t Stoop, Stephen Colbert

For many years, I enjoyed Stephen Colbert’s The Colbert Report. Colbert was funny in a positive way, never was vulgar, and was always respectful of his guests. Stephen Colbert Before and After Colbert made fun of himself, most of all, and that attribute of self-deprecating humor supported his open and frequent discussion of his own […]

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Because God Said So: Limiting Yourself by What You Understand

April 29, AD2017 16 Comments
Because God Said So: Limiting Yourself by What You Understand

“Because I said so.” Most parents have, at one time or another, said this to their children. This statement of finality is, at times, a matter of expediency (after much childish whining), but often it is due to the inability of children of certain ages to understand the reasoning behind a command or prohibition. No […]

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Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

March 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Call Me Interruptible: Finding Grace in the Unexpected

There is a wonderful song written by Sammy Cahn and made famous by Frank Sinatra titled “Call Me Irresponsible.”  The singer plaintively begins with “Call me irresponsible. Call me unreliable. Throw in undependable, too.” But the ending melodically makes clear that “it’s undeniably true, that I’m irresponsibly mad for you.” A Visit from the Savior […]

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To Enter the Dance with Jesus

February 21, AD2017 0 Comments
To Enter the Dance with Jesus

One of the various middle school responsibilities for teachers includes chaperoning a middle school dance at which no one ever dances. After weeks of exciting gossip in the hall, texting among friends, decision-making about clothes and who’s going with whom, the event itself never measures up to its anticipation. Oh, there may be one or […]

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Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

January 25, AD2017 24 Comments
Why Do We Give Up on Teen Sex?

I recently came across several articles which were based upon a large amount of excellent data that the Center for Disease Control collects annually. Thousands of students in grades 9-12 across the nation self-report the frequency of sexual activity, usage of tobacco, alcohol, drugs, and weapons, and the amount of physical activity they undertake. This […]

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Finding God in the Lake Effect Snow

December 26, AD2016 4 Comments
Finding God in the Lake Effect Snow

It came earlier than usual this year. Typically the “lake effect” snow doesn’t hit until January and then comes regularly through April. It takes the cold clippers from Canada to come down and blow over the relatively warm Great Lakes (which typically remain unfrozen throughout the winter) for there to be the sudden and blinding […]

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The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

November 20, AD2016 3 Comments
The Voting Amish: The Power of Pro-Life

  An article that appeared a few days ago via the fake site abcnews.co.com, claiming that the “Amish American Brotherhood” had endorsed Donald Trump and that millions of Amish would be voting for him, piqued my interest. It surprised me because, first, there are not “millions” of Amish in the United States, and, second, while they […]

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Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

October 20, AD2016 3 Comments
Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

The principle of subsidiarity, one of the basic tenets of Catholic social doctrine, promotes governance at its smallest level based on the natural law tenet that “[God] entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. … The way God acts in governing the world, […]

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Seeing God in Every Deplorable Person

September 20, AD2016 6 Comments
Seeing God in Every Deplorable Person

“Basket of deplorables” is an excellent and very public example of what happens when we see people not as individuals with unique histories, gifts, abilities, and viewpoints, but rather as mere substantive adjectives. We do it all the time, in describing others, and sometimes, in describing ourselves. What are We Saying? The poor, the homeless, […]

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Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

August 20, AD2016 10 Comments
Transgenderism and Girl Stereotypes

One of the more memorable scenes from To Kill A Mockingbird was the fist fight started by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch against Walter Cunningham on the playground. Facing the consequences with her father, Atticus Finch, Scout is not told that she should be ladylike or that girls should not fight. Instead, he tells her that […]

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God and the Space Between

July 19, AD2016 0 Comments
God and the Space Between

The Dave Matthews Band’s wonderful song “The Space Between” describes where he will be waiting for his love — in the “space between” the laughter, the tears, the joy, and the heartache.  The lyrics make several points on many levels, but, as with all great art, it touches upon something eternal and Godlike in nature. […]

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The Small World of the Narcissist

June 17, AD2016 18 Comments
The Small World of the Narcissist

My Language Arts students are currently finishing up their respective research papers. One of the instructions which I give them is that they are not permitted to use “I,” “me,” or “my” in the text of the paper. At first, this requirement seems daunting to them: “But what about ‘in my paper’?” “What if I […]

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