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The Modern Family and the Holy Family

January 19, AD2015 1 Comment
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 4 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 7 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 2 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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Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

December 20, AD2014 5 Comments
Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

Christmas has always been my favorite day of the year, so hearing we were due to have a baby on Christmas Day thrilled me beyond measure. But being due to have a baby on Christmas day and actually having a baby on Christmas are two different things, and I couldn’t help but think, “Really, who […]

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What is a Holy Family?

December 19, AD2014 5 Comments
What is a Holy Family?

Not even ten minutes pass after Mass, and you find yourself sitting in the parish hall breaking up an argument between the kids who are fighting over a donut. So much for that peace we offered one another during Mass. Ah, peace. We want peace in our homes; we want to be holy families. But […]

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How Salvation is Like Marriage

December 16, AD2014 2 Comments
How Salvation is Like Marriage

Salvation is like a perfect marriage. Ask yourself: “Is a perfect marriage a fifty-fifty proposition?” I would say the answer is positively not. Why should each in the relationship give only fifty percent of themselves? No, the only way to make a marriage work is for each involved in the covenant bond to give 100% […]

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The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

December 15, AD2014 3 Comments
The Synod’s Shocking Omissions

The Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived preliminary Relatio Synodi, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts, and that divorced and remarried […]

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Mission of the Family: LOVE

December 15, AD2014 3 Comments
Mission of the Family:  LOVE

This article is the second 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. This […]

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Friendship for Husbands and Wives

December 10, AD2014 2 Comments
Friendship for Husbands and Wives

I recently read an article over at RealClearReligion, in which author Mark Judge asserted that husbands and wives ought not expect to be, or function as, best friends.  Judge’s views are attributed to Edward Sellner’s work on the subject, based upon the old Jungian concept of “the double”.  Sellner includes this quote in a recent book he […]

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The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

December 5, AD2014 9 Comments
The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after? Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all […]

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Edelweiss

December 3, AD2014 2 Comments
Edelweiss

Edelweiss, a show tune written for the musical Sound of Music, refers to the sturdy mountain flower, which in the 19th century became a symbol for the people of the Alps.  In 1907, it became a symbol of the elite Alpine troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.  The song is a good reflection of the quiet Austrian patriotism […]

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Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

December 2, AD2014 5 Comments
Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

I asked Abigail Reimel if I could write a follow up to her article about being a planner (found here). I am about 30 years older than her, and those years have taught me a few things. I hope someone older than me will follow up my article. Abigail brought up some helpful points. Our […]

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NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

November 26, AD2014 161 Comments
NFP: Birth Liberation Not Birth Control

“Birth Control is a name given to a succession of different expedients by which it is possible to filch the pleasure belonging to a natural process while violently and unnaturally thwarting the process itself.”                                           […]

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The Family: Created For Joy

November 24, AD2014 4 Comments
The Family: Created For Joy

Next September 22-27, 2015 will be the eighth World Meeting of Families and it will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have created a preparatory catechesis for this great event in the life of the Church. The document is called “Love is Our Mission: The […]

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