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Author Archive: Diane McKelva

Recognized as the former Editor in Chief, Diane McKelva is now the Editor Emeritus of Catholic Stand. You can learn more about Diane and her work here.

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EDITORIAL: The Father Pavone Controversy

December 2, AD2016
EDITORIAL: The Father Pavone Controversy

We have deleted an article previous published on Catholic Stand regarding the actions of Fr. Frank Pavone, national director for Priests for Life.  It is not appropriate for Catholic Stand to offer an opinion on a matter while an investigation is underway within a diocese. It is not our place to take a side on an issue […]

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The Wounded Healer

May 11, AD2016 2 Comments
The Wounded Healer

In last week’s column, I shared a most painful and debilitating event in my family’s life. I waited two-and-a-half years to publish our story; not for publicity or tabloid sensationalism, but to serve as a testament to how God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Spirit uses our wounds for a greater purpose. […]

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Reclaiming My Faith

May 4, AD2016 103 Comments
Reclaiming My Faith

Two-and-a-half years ago, I was prepared to walk away from the Catholic Church, along with my family. The reasons are personal, yet quite universal. Although our experience is deeply painful and private, and our recovery ongoing, sharing it now is quite cathartic, and will hopefully help others who feel disenfranchised. After the Boston Globe exposed sex abuse in the Catholic Church, and […]

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A Christmas Message From Catholic Stand

December 24, AD2015 7 Comments
A Christmas Message From Catholic Stand

The aroma of fresh baked cookies. A warm crackling fire. The smell of a fresh cut fir or spruce, decorated with ornaments that hold special memories. The peace of attending midnight Mass, singing ancient yuletide carols. And the joy of celebrating a birthday – the birthday – that changed mankind’s fate, offering redemption and salvation […]

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Fear Not: Angels We Have Heard On High

December 14, AD2015 21 Comments
Fear Not:  Angels We Have Heard On High

[Editor’s Note: This article was first published on Catholic Stand, December 13, 2013. We are republishing here for your holiday enjoyment. Click here to listen to this essay read by the author. Whenever I hear the carol, “Angels We Have Heard On High”, I am reminded that we never travel alone in this journey called […]

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Editor’s Note: Prayers for Discernment

November 15, AD2015 1 Comment
Editor’s Note: Prayers for Discernment

The recent terrorist attacks in Paris this past weekend have heightened the awareness of all Christians to the fact that we are living at a pivotal time in history. Many are recalling other events in history that thrust humanity in an ordained direction. Some are recalling November 27, 1095 when Pope Urban II began the Crusades […]

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OpEd: “There’s No Cursing In Evangelizing!”

April 6, AD2015 17 Comments
OpEd: “There’s No Cursing In Evangelizing!”

Recently, I have witnessed a rather disturbing trend on social media, and in comboxes at the end of articles, that suggest Christians really do not understand their purpose at all. Profanity. Condemnation. Humiliation. Arrogance. Pride. The whole matter is quite troubling. And I am only referring here to the Catholic Christians! New Evangelization Run Amuck In […]

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The Death of Shame

February 16, AD2015 25 Comments
The Death of Shame

After selling over 100-million copies of the book, the overhyped-movie version of E.L. James’ 50 Shades of Grey was released on St. Valentine’s Day.  Variety reports that for its first weekend, the movie grossed $81.67M with a projected four-day total of $90.658M, placing it as the best Presidents Day weekend opening record of all time; […]

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May It Be Evident to Everyone

July 19, AD2014 15 Comments
May It Be Evident to Everyone

St. Paul reminds us in his Pastoral Epistle to live out our faith so that it “may be evident to everyone.”  [1 Timothy 4:14-16] How is that working for you? For example, while waiting for Mass to begin, do you analyze the people around you? Critique their choice of clothing? Hairstyle? Makeup? How they worship? […]

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Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

January 28, AD2014 7 Comments
Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

We live in a world of conundrums. The pro-life movement is a perfect example. During the news coverage of the March for Life rally in Washington DC, I was struck by the term that many pro-life advocates continue to use when speaking about a child in the womb: unborn. Of all the prefixes that we […]

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Forgiveness: Love’s Companion

January 25, AD2014 11 Comments
Forgiveness:  Love’s Companion

How many times have you heard someone say to you, “God tells us that we are to just forgive and forget.  Why don’t you?” For most of my life, I heard that phrase quoted back to me as justification for hurtful behavior. Forgiving and forgetting was presented as the simplest remedy for miraculously mending otherwise irreconcilable […]

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Waltzing With Satan

January 17, AD2014 19 Comments
Waltzing With Satan

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” The Usual Suspects. Dir. Bryan Singer. Polygram, 1995. Film. We live under the delusion that Satan was defeated at Calvary. If you think that assessment is unrealistic take a look around. How often do you hear Satan referenced in a homily? […]

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Courage In The Face of Life’s Atrocities

December 9, AD2013 9 Comments
Courage In The Face of Life’s Atrocities

Do you ever contemplate how different your life might have been if you had been born in a different time, place and circumstances? Perhaps it is the curse of a creative mind; the writer’s relentless pursuit to share stories that compel the reader toward introspection or action.  I often place myself in “what if” scenarios […]

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Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

November 11, AD2013 48 Comments
Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

As a member of the Homo sapiens species, I have always found it blatantly paradoxical that the very people who purport the stringent ground rules for the legitimacy of life, whether in or outside the womb, healthy or infirmed, are themselves blessed, if not merely lucky, to have survived birth to live without someone condemning them to death […]

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Adoption: More Than Just an Option

November 7, AD2013 9 Comments
Adoption:  More Than Just an Option

 “My birth mother gave me life so my mother could teach me how to live it.”  ~ Jacqueline, an adoptee ~  “The great danger for family life, in the midst of any society whose idols are pleasure, comfort and independence, lies in the fact that people close their hearts and become selfish.” Blessed Pope John […]

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A Chain Worth Breaking

October 10, AD2013 6 Comments
A Chain Worth Breaking

There was a time, as I’m confident many of you can remember, when written messages were only received by postal mail. You opened the mailbox to find bills, magazines, letters, bills, greeting cards, bills, and yes, on occasion the dreaded chain letter. Without a return address, the letter, which was most always produced by a […]

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Our Lady of Kibeho: Is Anyone Still Listening?

October 5, AD2013 42 Comments
Our Lady of Kibeho:  Is Anyone Still Listening?

The attack on the Westgate Mall in Nairbi, Kenya, is a stark reminder of man’s inhumanity towards his fellow man;  senseless retribution against the innocents for perceived injustices, political gain or religious domination.  Somalia’s al-Qaeda-linked rebel group, al-Shabab, targeted and killed non-Muslims in a popular shopping mall as retribution for the Kenyan military presence in Somalia, where […]

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Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

September 7, AD2013 9 Comments
Our Lady of Peace, Please Pray for Us

Lately, I feel like I’m living in Middle Earth; J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythical world where death and destruction abound. For anyone who has read Tolkien’s trilogy (The Hobbit, The Twin Towers, and The Return of the King), or at the very least watched Peter Jackson’s film adaptations, you can appreciate this reference. Our world today appears […]

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We Are All Saints . . . In Progress

July 13, AD2013 7 Comments
We Are All Saints . . . In Progress

We are called to be saints. Granted, it is a rather lofty directive. Few people ever really feel up to the challenge. We struggle with our earthly duties and challenges while viewing sainthood as a celestial attainment reserved for “the chosen.” However, Scripture clearly tells us that we must “strive for that holiness, without which […]

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Tenderhearted

June 17, AD2013 4 Comments
Tenderhearted

How often do we see life through a child’s eyes? When we are young and come directly from God, we enter this world without any preconceived expectations or formulated opinions. We embrace life fearlessly and lovingly. We see those around us through compassionate eyes. We love unconditionally, not expecting anything except the same love and […]

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