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Walking Behind My Dad

February 18, AD2015 0 Comments
Walking Behind My Dad

My dad has Alzheimer’s or so we are told. It came on suddenly — sudden onset. Is that Alzheimer’s? I don’t know, but they, the medical powers that be, say so. I am visiting Dad at his home this week in Virginia. Over the past year on the phone, his decline has been quite apparent. […]

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Perinatal Hospice

February 17, AD2015 3 Comments
Perinatal Hospice

I first read about “Perinatal Hospice” in a newspaper article in about 2003; it was a new model of care that had been developed for families who were faced with life threatening diagnosis for their unborn babies and only a small handful of programs existed. It was first proposed by a (then) Army OB Physician […]

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Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

February 16, AD2015 12 Comments
Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

I can’t say it any better than the Dowager Countess of Grantham: Have we all stepped through the looking glass? Yes, I’m afraid that collectively, as a culture, we have indeed. We no longer seem to recognize the plainly absurd as absurd. Up is down; out is in; wrong is right; insane is normal. I […]

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Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

February 15, AD2015 0 Comments
Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

“O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand.” As I walked down Constitution Avenue with hundreds of thousands of joyous, eclectic, fervent, solemn, loud, costumed, bundled, dancing, leaping, and loving pro-life marchers on the Thursday of the March for Life, I thought that this must be […]

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Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

February 14, AD2015 3 Comments
Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

Who doesn’t want love? After basic physical needs of water, food, and shelter, one of the most basic human needs is love. Each of us wants to know love. Each of us wants to be loved. Each of us wants to love another. The human longing for love is normal and good, but for those who […]

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50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

February 13, AD2015 2 Comments
50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

When I was a young adult, someone told me a somewhat off color joke. An elderly couple was peacefully sitting on their porch swing one evening. Lost in the serene spectacle of the setting sun, the husband was stunned when his wife smacked him harshly across the face. “Why did you do that?’ he burst […]

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The Friendship Which Is Marriage

February 9, AD2015 7 Comments
The Friendship Which Is Marriage

This is the fourth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Holding Me Back

February 5, AD2015 12 Comments
Holding Me Back

I don’t try to hide the fact that I have a larger than average family, but I don’t usually volunteer the information, either. It’s not that I am ashamed. I am just tired of having to either defend my choice or explain personal details of my life to an openly hostile or friendly but overly-curious […]

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“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

February 3, AD2015 8 Comments
“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

My husband is the early riser in the family, and on most weekend mornings I stumble downstairs, bleary-eyed, as the kitchen radio screams out the hits of the 1970s. This can be torture or it can be wonderful, depending on my mood and the song. One morning, my positive energy surged I when I recognized […]

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Being Like Rabbits and Testing God

January 27, AD2015 9 Comments
Being Like Rabbits and Testing God

On the return flight from his recent trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis offered a wide-ranging press interview. His remarks about large families and responsible parenthood have caused a great deal of confusion and hand wringing. The National Catholic Reporter and USA Today ran headlines claiming the Pope said Catholics had a moral responsibility to […]

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A Midlife Marriage is an Interesting Thing

January 26, AD2015 7 Comments
A Midlife Marriage is an Interesting Thing

I never imagined myself getting married at 50. I thought my first husband and I would get old together, but his death prevented that. In my new and unexpected singleness, I prayed and was specific with God:  I prefer having no partner over a “bad” one, so if there is no good man for me, […]

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The Modern Family and the Holy Family

January 19, AD2015 2 Comments
The Modern Family and the Holy Family

Only a few short weeks ago, Catholics celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family. We celebrated the quiet strength of Saint Joseph, the head of the family, the faithful devotion of Mary, full of Grace, and the completion of the family in Jesus Christ, the blessed child they raised. The family in the form of husband, […]

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Was Your Marriage “Meant to Be”?

January 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Was Your Marriage “Meant to Be”?

That Matt Walsh is one of the best voices for Catholic values in my generation. He presents truth to the world unabashedly and eloquently. I have often wanted to high-five him for his most controversial posts, and if there was a chance to win an interview and free coffee with him, I would jump at […]

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Homeschooling and the American Spirit

January 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Homeschooling and the American Spirit

I hear a lot about homeschooling from the blogs I read and, although it is a controversial topic, I am sure it has many advantages. Homeschooling is not an option for me, but I do think it is a wonderful choice among several schooling options. Homeschooling is unheard of in Portugal, where I live, and […]

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Rational Animal Sexuality

January 12, AD2015 4 Comments
Rational Animal Sexuality

This is the third in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Brushing Teeth and Stubborn Wills

January 9, AD2015 3 Comments
Brushing Teeth and Stubborn Wills

Yesterday evening at bedtime for the little ones, I was preparing to brush my three year old’s teeth.  He insisted repeatedly that he be able to do it first – as three year olds are so likely to do.  “I will do it myfelf!” is a popular refrain around here these days.  But our rule […]

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Merry Christmas and Thank You!

December 25, AD2014 0 Comments
Merry Christmas and Thank You!

Christmas has always been a time to celebrate with the ones we love. Each year, many anticipate reuniting with family members and friends and look forward to making new, life long memories. We experience the smiles on our children’s faces as they eagerly rip open their gifts to see what’s inside. Yet, amidst the gift […]

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