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Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

July 28, AD2015 12 Comments
Purgatory: Is It a Dead Issue?

So where is purgatory in the Bible anyway?  Glad you asked! Let’s take a look at a few of the Scriptural references to Purgatory.  Let’s begin with Maccabees: “He then took up a collection among all his soldiers, amounting to two thousand silver drachmas, which he sent to Jerusalem to provide for an expiatory sacrifice. […]

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Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

July 28, AD2015 1 Comment
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Winnowing of Catholic Men

Powerful cultural winds have stormed across the world, throwing the historical understanding of human sexuality into a whirlwind of uncertainty. During the past 50 years, violent gusts have divided and confused Catholics about the use and morality of contraception, abortion, sex outside of marriage, divorce, and the homosexual movement. Recently, the United States Supreme Court’s […]

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Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

July 28, AD2015 32 Comments
Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

The Supreme Court ruling on same-sex “marriage” settled the legal question, but the debates go on regarding the social and moral   ramifications. How do supporters of traditional marriage change the hearts and minds of people that support same-sex unions? The argument for tradition doesn’t hold much sway with secularists who place little value on […]

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SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

July 27, AD2015 13 Comments
SCOTUS and Rainbows: How Do We Respond?

A professional woman posted what seemed to many readers (according to the huge number of likes, shares, etc.) to be well-reasoned thoughts about why Christians should now officially stop “trying to impose their religious ideas of sin on what is truly a basic civil rights issue” after the Supreme Court issued their same-sex marriage ruling. […]

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Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

July 27, AD2015 0 Comments
Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

This column is the tenth in a series of introductory essays on “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia September 22-27 with Pope Francis. (Page numbers referenced in parentheses.) The title of this final chapter is “Choosing Life.” The […]

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Four Reasons to Keep the Heat up in Your Business

July 27, AD2015 0 Comments
Four Reasons to Keep the Heat up in Your Business

On a plane ride back from a Las Vegas seminar, I sat next to a 20-something community college student.  I learned he had a golf scholarship. He was returning from a Las Vegas family outing. I noticed his slight speech impediment. As we spoke I realized that he had some similar struggles and mindset issues […]

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Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating?

July 26, AD2015 14 Comments
Contemporary Culture Wars: Is History Repeating?

Lately, there is a lot of talk within Christian circles how to live the Faith in the midst of a morally-decaying (and increasingly hostile) Western culture.[i] I would like to join the fray and add some of my own observations. There is an old saying, “Every analogy limps” and another that says, “History does not […]

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Keeping Faith While Grieving

July 25, AD2015 3 Comments
Keeping Faith While Grieving

I am hoping that writing this article will be therapeutic for me. I could not write at all for a few weeks. My twenty-year-old nephew was killed in an accident in June. He was an only child, and it has shocked and devastated our family. My brother is filled with pain, and I cannot help […]

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Mirroring God’s Creativity

July 25, AD2015 4 Comments
Mirroring God’s Creativity

At Mass last Sunday, the urge to write a poem came to me. My fingers itched to write down the words describing the choir, the church, Christ’s face on the crucifix, etc. Yet, guilt about bringing out a notebook and paper filled me. No one else writes down anything in church. We sit and listen […]

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What Do Fetal Parts and Relics Have in Common?

July 24, AD2015 0 Comments
What Do Fetal Parts and Relics Have in Common?

That Planned Parenthood was selling baby organs (oh excuse me, “tissue” according to the PP public statements, but not according to my biology teacher) didn’t even raise a lick of hair on my eyebrow. I’d researched detailed abortion procedures for my novel, heard Jill Stanek describe partial birth abortions and knew fetal parts were used […]

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Combatting Your Personal Stress

July 23, AD2015 27 Comments
Combatting Your Personal Stress

Recently I conducted a survey of my book and article readers. I wanted to know how this largely Catholic and professional group viewed current stressors in their lives. When asked what they considered to be a personal struggle, the top three answers were: Feeling overwhelmed/out of balance Fighting effects of stress and anxiety Wanting a […]

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A New Stripping of the Altars?

July 23, AD2015 0 Comments
A New Stripping of the Altars?

After the recent discovery by five Supreme Court justices of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, the self-described forces of love, tolerance, and acceptance have taken their victory and turned to punish their perceived enemies. An article on the TIME magazine website by New York Times columnist Mark Oppenheimer has called for the end of tax […]

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What Has Happened to Sacred Catholic Music?

July 20, AD2015 47 Comments
What Has Happened to Sacred Catholic Music?

“…we shall lose a large portion of that wonderful and incomparable, artistic and spiritual reality, Gregorian chant. We indeed have reason for sadness and perhaps even for bewilderment.” (Pope Paul VI, 1969) Since the time, the reasons often given for this loss was the change from Latin to the vernacular in the Mass and the desire […]

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Taking a Stand at the Crossroads

July 20, AD2015 4 Comments
Taking a Stand at the Crossroads

The recent United States Supreme Court decision declaring by man’s authority that two people of the same sex have the right to marry in all 50 states is a landmark moment for Catholics called to take a stand. After Roe v. Wade, there is no more compelling issue in the divine order of things about […]

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The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

July 17, AD2015 2 Comments
The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

Five years ago, I heard about a couple of other women praying to St. Anne for her intercession that they would, “find a man, as fast as we can!” One woman in particular, I had heard, had met her then-fiance (now husband) after praying the St. Anne Novena. It didn’t take me too long to […]

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Thank God For Tradition

July 17, AD2015 2 Comments
Thank God For Tradition

When I became a Catholic at 19, I was overjoyed to discover a wealth of wisdom and teaching on prayer, spirituality and the faith. It was like unlocking a door to a vast library of  hidden information. This discovery was information I could count on, I could trust as authentic, tried and true. This treasure trove […]

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Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

July 16, AD2015 15 Comments
Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

The Supreme Court’s recent rendering on same-sex marriage continues to be met with mixed emotions. Many feel this was the correct decision since those who practice a same-sex lifestyle should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Others feel that the institution of marriage was dealt, yet another, critical blow. Regardless of one’s position, […]

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