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14 Ways to Help Your Child Maintain Catholic Faith in College

August 30, AD2015 2 Comments
14 Ways to Help Your Child Maintain Catholic Faith in College

No doubt college is an exciting and dangerous time, a time of independence mixed with heavy doses of temptation, but that doesn’t mean it can’t also be a time of spiritual growth as well. As we send our children off to college, it is important to remember the influence we still have over them and to encourage them […]

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The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

August 30, AD2015 13 Comments
The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

On a recent episode of the Catholic Answers Live radio call in show, a Protestant caller vehemently objected to the Catholic practice of infant baptism. After quoting Romans 10:9, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, you shall be saved,” he […]

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Culture Wars: To Whom Shall We Go?

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Culture Wars: To Whom Shall We Go?

“There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there.” -G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man It is tempting to cut and run when things get hard. As I am sure we have all experienced, what is best is not always what is easiest; what is right is not always what […]

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Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

August 28, AD2015 4 Comments
Conspiracies and Catholicism: Lucifer

Lucifer, the Morning Star, Satan, The Devil, ruler of hell, fallen angel . . . There are a lot of different ways to talk about the theological bad guy, and a whole lot of incorrect “common knowledge” references that are more dramatically useful than theologically sound.  Being dramatically useful and theologically incorrect doesn’t make them evil or irrelevant, […]

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Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

August 27, AD2015 5 Comments
Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

  The fallout from the Ashley Madison “data dump” has only begun. Much of the media attention has focused on B-list celebrity Josh Duggar, from his parents’ broken hearts to the inevitable amateur long-distance psychoanalysis and condemnations of the purity movement. However, sidebars do go into the hundreds of federal employees who have accessed the […]

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Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

August 26, AD2015 0 Comments
Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

I met my husband because of the pro-life movement — I interviewed him for a radio story as I was covering a 40 Days for Life campaign. Since then I’ve attended countless 40 Days for Life rallies, prayer events, pro-life talks and parties — and all as a participant instead of as a reporter. Unfortunately, […]

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Edith Stein On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

August 26, AD2015 5 Comments
Edith Stein On Becoming the Best Version of Yourself

Is the idea of destiny just a useful fiction, a dramatic device to move a story along or is it something more than that? Consider the classic movie When Harry Met Sally, where the man and woman cross paths over the course of years, destined to be together, but always miss the mark. Why are […]

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Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

August 24, AD2015 5 Comments
Planned Parenthood Protest: Educating One Heart At A Time

*On Saturday, August 22, 2015, the Respect Life Committee of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church (my own parish!) hosted one of hundreds of nationwide protests against Planned Parenthood, calling for an end to its federal funding. When my friends and I arrived at Planned Parenthood’s Arizona headquarters in Phoenix, there were already plenty of […]

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The Catholic Side of Disney

August 20, AD2015 34 Comments
The Catholic Side of Disney

Growing up, I loved Disney movies as many children do. One of my dreams was to go to Disney World, but my family never had the money or time. Still, we enjoyed snuggling together with some popcorn to watch Beauty and the Beast or the newest Pixar show. However, my parents also expressed concern about several […]

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This Is Precisely Why Islam Hates Us

August 20, AD2015 42 Comments
This Is Precisely Why Islam Hates Us

“We sit by and watch the Barbarian, we tolerate him; in the long stretches of peace we are not afraid. We are tickled by his irreverence, his comic inversion of our old certitudes and our fixed creeds refreshes us; we laugh. But as we laugh, we are watched by large and awful faces from beyond: […]

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Claude, Death Row and the Miraculous Medal

August 19, AD2015 15 Comments
Claude, Death Row and the Miraculous Medal

There are many miracles that have taken place in the lives of people who are exposed to Mary’s Miraculous Medal.  Stories of conversion, salvation, healings, etc., are very common to those who wear and promote this blessed sacramental.  One of the greatest of these stories is the story of Claude Newman, a black man from […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Every Cake You Bake

August 19, AD2015 5 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage: Every Cake You Bake

We read, see, and hear a growing accumulation of stories in the news of small businesses being persecuted for not providing services to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Photographers, restaurants, inns, and bakeries are the initial targets; some law suits have had great success. It is an eerie echo of the Police song: Every move they […]

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

August 18, AD2015 35 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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What Is Wrong With Latin?

August 18, AD2015 4 Comments
What Is Wrong With Latin?

“You know that your grandfather always loved the language of his heritage?” My mother gave me this suggestion as I was wondering out loud which foreign language I should take of those offered in my high school program. Am I most interested in French, Spanish, or Latin? I was told that Latin would be useful if […]

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Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

August 17, AD2015 4 Comments
Reflecting on “Living Like Paul”

It is hard to believe but it has been nearly seven months since my friend Paul Coakley went to receive his eternal reward. His wife, Ann, has asked people to write about how they have since been “living like Paul.” It is difficult to explain how I have been doing this without going into the background. […]

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Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

August 17, AD2015 0 Comments
Do You Not Yet Have Faith?

For me, the word yet jumps out most in this article’s title. When will we finally cast fears aside? Is it by choosing to focus on faith and ignoring the negative? The title of this article comes from a question Jesus asks His apostles in Mark 4:40 (“The Calming of The Sea”). Notice the contrast between […]

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Stand Still? I’m Wired to Fight or Run

August 14, AD2015 39 Comments
Stand Still?  I’m Wired to Fight  or Run

The  secret to authentic interior freedom goes against every fiber of  our being. The answer to every crisis, every threat we will face in our lives on earth, is to stand still and trust. Easier said than done. As sinful humans, we are wired to fight  or run from any threat to ourselves or those we […]

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