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Author Archive: Cynthia Millen

After marrying her husband, Jim Roberts, in 1980, Cynthia Millen graduated from law school, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and practiced in Ohio for a short while. Excited about having a large family, Jim and Cindy were blessed more quickly than expected with the birth of five children in four years (two set of twins), and she enjoyed being a stay-at-home mother. 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 while earning her M.Litt. from Trinity College, Dublin. (Thank you dear Professor William Binchy) Now she relishes the teaching (and learning) from the students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio, attending Mass there with marvelous parishioners and priests, visiting Ireland whenever possible, and staying close to her two wonderful grandchildren in Vermont.

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From Strangers to Neighbors: Working with Refugees

August 21, AD2017 5 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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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 5)

May 20, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 5)

Author’s Note:  This article is the last in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time.  The Rosary as Our “App” for Christian Living During His […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 4)

April 22, AD2016 1 Comment
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 4)

Author’s Note:  This article is the fourth in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. The Glorious Mysteries The word “glory” comes from the […]

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The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 3)

March 25, AD2016 0 Comments
The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 3)

Author’s Note:  This article is the third in a five-part series examining the beauty and medication of the Most Holy Rosary. This series is dedicated to the memory of Fr. Patrick Peyton, C.S.C., whose love and dedication to the Rosary inspired its widespread use and understanding in our time. The Sorrowful Mysteries The Sorrowful Mysteries do much […]

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You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem

February 27, AD2016 30 Comments
You Lied to Us, Gloria Steinem

Growing up in the 1950’s through 1970’s in Toledo, Ohio, my peers and I boasted of Danny Thomas, our world renowned Art Museum and Zoo, the Mudhens, Jeep, Tony Packo’s; and, as we entered the era of Woodstock, Gloria Steinem. She was our own internationally known “women’s libber” who proclaimed that women need to break […]

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