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Author Archive: Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at  joy of nine9 and mother of nine9 . Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood

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Surprised By Three Miracles

January 19, AD2017 8 Comments
Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for […]

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Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

January 5, AD2017 3 Comments
Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries are still those who humbly carry Christ to others like a donkey.  When Catholics actually carry Christ, they are filled with the love and joy of the Lord which is infectious.  These ordinary folk spread the […]

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During Christmas, Find Christ’s Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

December 23, AD2016 4 Comments
During Christmas, Find Christ’s Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine. Most people assume they will automatically feel cheerful during Christmas.  Not only does the Church celebrate the birth of our Saviour with joy, secular society also promotes the idea that everybody is happy during this season, bombarding us with images in the media […]

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Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

December 13, AD2016 10 Comments
Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

By the time I was pregnant with my sixth child, I was desperate to find a supportive family doctor and obstetrician. Four of my five children had been delivered by Dr. Leslie E.,  a brilliant, strong feminist.  As a mother of a growing family, I was an enigma to her as she was to me. […]

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Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

November 29, AD2016 5 Comments
Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new brother or sister this Advent?” Five hands went up. “Oh my, isn’t this wonderful”, the priest exclaimed, without really identifying each face, “So many of you are waiting for the […]

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

November 18, AD2016 4 Comments
Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change Lives Marie Constantin, the photographer and author of Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer, understands images have power, more power than words alone to impact lives. It was an image in a documentary film that turned Constantin’s life completely around in the early 1990’s. She was a young journalist, completely focused […]

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Are You Saved ?

November 1, AD2016 7 Comments
Are You Saved ?

Forty years ago, when I was still a Protestant, I looked at Catholics with suspicion. Catholicism seemed like a cult that worshiped Mary and idolized statues.  I pictured Catholics rattling off memorized prayers as clouds of eerie incense billowed around them, bells rang, and candles illuminated their pagan rituals.  Ironically, I now endure similar misconceptions […]

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Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

October 13, AD2016 4 Comments
Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

I  recently spoke on the phone with Tara. M. Owens, CSD, MTS, the author of At Play In God’s Creation- an illuminating coloring book. This book is not a fluffy bit of New Age nonsense but based on Tara’s profound grasp of both traditional, Catholic spirituality and human nature. She has learned exactly how to help people be in the […]

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Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

September 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

When God’s creatures are blessed and surrounded by the love of God, they absorb and reflect His love back in seemingly miraculous ways. My husband and I stumbled on this truth during the twenty years we raised nine kids and an odd assortment of farm animals and pets on a small family farm in eastern […]

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Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance

August 30, AD2016 5 Comments
Join the Angels and Children in The Cosmic Dance

Is joy at the heart of your life in Christ? Many Catholics feel beleaguered as they struggle to stand up for the truth in an increasingly hostile environment. Of course, it is easy to become so busy addressing serious moral and religious issues that our spirituality is relegated to Sunday Mass and a few Hail […]

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Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

August 19, AD2016 0 Comments
Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

  After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy for the Church. Bill lives out the core values of the gospel without pretention, probably because he is married with four children and is submerged in” the beautiful mess” of family life. One […]

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Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

August 9, AD2016 4 Comments
Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

Death is as common as birth, obviously, but old age homes and palliative care facilities efficiently remove the dying from the public eye. Consequently, most modern folks are ignorant about the process of death and dying and would rather ignore the entire subject. No wonder euthanasia is gaining acceptance. No need to worry about the […]

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Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

July 27, AD2016 6 Comments
Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

  As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an obscure saint, with little to do, who could fill in as my patron saint of missing socks. Little did I know, God was using the dilemma […]

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Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

July 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Yes, God Can Commune With Infants

Theoretically, we all readily concede that the Mercy of God is available to everyone, from the richest to the poorest, from the most educated to the illiterate, from adults to small children. Since God is omnipresent, this means everyone on the entire planet is free to commune with Him at the same time because He […]

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Caught Not Simply Taught, Then Swept Into The Heart of The Church

July 6, AD2016 2 Comments
Caught Not Simply Taught, Then Swept Into The Heart of The Church

Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy. Pope Benedict XVI When Catholics venture beyond the walls of their parish church into the marketplace to evangelize, it is important that they remember the spiritual life […]

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Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified Joy

June 16, AD2016 6 Comments
Pope Francis and Holy, Undignified Joy

A Christian is one who is invited… to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to a party!  Pope Francis  The Saints Were Not Miserable Even though some old Catholic icons […]

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Me, Myself, and, I

June 5, AD2016 4 Comments
Me, Myself, and, I

If we are brutally honest, most Catholics must concede we view the world as if we stood at the centre of the universe with everyone and everything else revolving around us. This egocentric stance affects how we think, feel, act, and pray. Even though many committed disciples have renounced a ruthless pursuit of power and […]

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Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

May 20, AD2016 56 Comments
Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

  Although most respectable members of our parishes try to look healthy and content in public, mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles. I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life; when people tackle deep inner issues […]

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You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

May 12, AD2016 4 Comments
You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

My defeat and subsequent surrender were key to my salvation, delivering me from an egotistical life which focused on my own strength and effort, not on grace. I finally realized my only options were either insanity or to stop functioning like I was the god of my little kingdom and to allow Christ to do His […]

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Stand Inside the Fire

April 29, AD2016 4 Comments
Stand Inside the Fire

Pope Francis rattles many conservatives with his inclusive attitude towards other religions. On May 18, 2013, the pope reiterated this theme, “Every man and every woman must be free in his or her profession of religion, whatever it may be. Why? Because that man and that woman are children of God.” The entire universe is the Almighty’s […]

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