Subscribe via RSS Feed

Family

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

Understanding “Social Justice”

July 21, AD2015 4 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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »

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, […]

Continue Reading »

Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

July 15, AD2015 11 Comments
Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

The recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision declared that legal marriage must be extended to same-sex couples. This is a monumental legal decision but this case has no effect on the Catholic doctrine of matrimony. Catholic marriage is now and always will be a unique union between one man and one woman, joined before […]

Continue Reading »

Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

July 12, AD2015 47 Comments
Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

It was Thanksgiving, 2008. The family had gathered for an amazing meal and increasingly rare time of just enjoying each other. I was admittedly taken aback when not one but two of my loved ones, who had attended my confirmation at age 50 just 2 years earlier, used that same family gathering as an occasion […]

Continue Reading »

That Despicable New Minion Movie

July 10, AD2015 31 Comments
That Despicable New Minion Movie

As is our habit for July birthdays, my adult daughter and I go to a movie to celebrate. This is a decades long tradition for us and often the only movie we see at a theater all year. Now that she has children, they inevitably tag along for a fun family outing. We make a […]

Continue Reading »

How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

July 9, AD2015 27 Comments
How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

I was curious about the logistics. How did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have kids? In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, they explained. “It involved two embryos, one for each of them—and a surrogate who Burtka said was ‘more like the oven.’ The couple knew the surrogate, but the egg donor—who they found through […]

Continue Reading »

Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

July 7, AD2015 29 Comments
Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

The decision of the Supreme Court extending marriage to homosexual pairs is a contradiction, not only of revelation by God, but of human nature and of the nature of mammalian biological reproduction. Setting these contradictions aside, the decision is self-inconsistent in its basis of individual liberty and of equality before the law. The decision presents liberty as […]

Continue Reading »

Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

July 6, AD2015 77 Comments
Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

“Attending Mass is an act of humility…” I woke up this morning with those words running through my mind. I don’t know what I was dreaming, or even if I was dreaming. The thought was just there, scrolling like a marquee across my burgeoning consciousness as I rolled half-asleep from the bed and launched into […]

Continue Reading »

Birthday Cakes and Faith

July 2, AD2015 1 Comment
Birthday Cakes and Faith

For her birthday today, I decided to bake my daughter’s favorite – Chess Cake. It’s an old recipe, from a great-aunt who died 30 years ago – in her late 90’s. As with the German recipes left by my mother, God rest her soul, this one is simple. So simple, in fact, that it consists […]

Continue Reading »

Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

July 1, AD2015 30 Comments
Gay “Marriage”: Autonomy, Yes! God, No!

First, a little background. When we look back to our country’s founding, we take pride in the reasons for its formation; a “bad king” and his parliament that exercised their power improperly within the American Colonies. Because of these acts of omission and commission from the isolation of 3,000 miles away from London, anger began to develop. […]

Continue Reading »

Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

July 1, AD2015 4 Comments
Dreams and Nightmares, Marriage and Me

There have been two times in my life when I considered myself at least moderately “popular” in the classically American societal sense. The first was during the 12 years when I was an fairly successful Assemblies of God minister, with a pretty wife and, at least within charismatic Christian circles, for the most part well-liked […]

Continue Reading »

Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

This column is the ninth 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 first essay on the first chapter is here. The […]

Continue Reading »