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Why Bother Attending Mass?

September 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Why Bother Attending Mass?

I hate the Sunday mornings when I am in such a bad mood as we leave the house until it has me questioning why we are even going to church in the first place. Our morning starts off good enough, but then Leo gets into the cereal, spreading it all over the kitchen, while another one won’t […]

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The Catholic Church is Right on Infant Baptism

August 30, AD2015 15 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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Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

August 28, AD2015 3 Comments
Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

I have recently taken the plunge of quitting my job and officially becoming a full-time mother. This might sound cliché on these circles of Catholic blogs, but for me, especially living in Portugal, it is outrageous. While about 29% of mothers stay at home in the USA, only 6.3% do so in Europe. Plus, Portugal […]

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Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

August 27, AD2015 6 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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One Child More

August 24, AD2015 30 Comments
One Child More

China has its evil and harmful “one child” policy. I propose for American Catholics a “one child more” policy. I think we should encourage all American, Catholic, married couples to ask themselves, “Could we have one child more?” Who Benefits from “One Child More?” The child who is the “one more.” He is blessed to have life, […]

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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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Ashley Madison Proves People Aren’t Doing Marriage Right

August 17, AD2015 2 Comments
Ashley Madison Proves People Aren’t Doing Marriage Right

Perhaps you’ve noticed Ashley Madison trending on the Internet lately. The story here is one of the saddest I’ve heard or read about in a long time. Ashley Madison, if you aren’t aware, is a dating site for married people. Keep in mind, this is not a dating site for persons interested in developing neat […]

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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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Where’s the Welcome Mat for Young Families?

August 13, AD2015 7 Comments
Where’s the Welcome Mat for Young Families?

  One Sunday a while back, a family of five filled a pew at church near where I was sitting during Mass. That family grabbed my attention. The pew was much larger than needed to accommodate a regular group of five. But this family, in addition to the two parents, included three young children. Three […]

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Embracing the Divorced and Remarried With a Mother’s Heart

August 11, AD2015 16 Comments
Embracing the Divorced and Remarried With a Mother’s Heart

In his August 5, 2015 General Audience, Pope Francis broached the controversial topic of civilly divorced Catholics who have remarried. The secular media lit up with pronouncements that Pope Francis was pushing for communion for the divorced and remarried. Those who advocate for a change to Church doctrine and those who are caught up in […]

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Same-Sex Attraction and the “Courage” to Live

August 8, AD2015 29 Comments
Same-Sex Attraction and the “Courage” to Live

Have you heard of Courage International? It is the official Catholic apostolate for men, women, and their loved ones who struggle with SSA (same-sex attraction). I have a very dear young friend by the name of Andrés Castañeda Treviño, who is a beautiful Latino man, and who was born and raised in Mexico, where he […]

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

July 28, AD2015 40 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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Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

July 27, AD2015 2 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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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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Understanding “Social Justice”

July 21, AD2015 6 Comments
Understanding “Social Justice”

I was a Catholic Worker in Nebraska from 1976 til around 1980. What I can say is that working with the poor and living among the homeless, fills you with a sense that you are among the only ones who are “really doing something.” My young friends and I even slept outside with the street […]

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