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Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

May 21, AD2015 32 Comments
Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

This isn’t your parent’s scouting! As if it’s not bad enough that the Girl Scouts of America are in cahoots with abortion giant Planned Parenthood, enter the push within the Boy Scouts of America for openly homosexual leaders. As it is, they already accept openly gay scouts into the fold. But now we have more, deeply troubling developments […]

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The Burden of Modesty

May 19, AD2015 15 Comments
The Burden of Modesty

As the end of the school year approaches, prom season is in full swing. Delone Catholic High School, in McSherrystown, Pennsylvania, is stirring up a national controversy by requiring girls to submit pictures of their prom dresses for approval. It is reported on both the Huffington Post and Seventeen Magazine web sites; both are portraying […]

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It’s a Family Thing

May 17, AD2015 30 Comments
It’s a Family Thing

“Why all the *things?*” This comment took me a little by surprise. I’ve heard it more than once by someone who has left the faith, in part because of a stated desire to get rid of all the ‘things’ in Catholicism that supposedly stood between them and an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. It’s a […]

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Whole Food and Sex: Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

May 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Whole Food and Sex:  Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

Recently I attended a workshop on food addiction as part of the continuing education requirement of my license to practice psychology. I learned some fascinating facts that got me thinking about something not usually associated with food addiction—contraception. Let me explain. What I learned was this: Researchers tell us that there is a close similarity […]

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Sacrificial Love is Sanctifying Love

May 6, AD2015 4 Comments
Sacrificial Love is Sanctifying Love

I recently read a blog post that caught my eye. The line that stood out to me the most made a point about the difference between carrying our crosses as opposed to loving them, and how that plays out in our relationships. It said, “If we give because we are expecting something in return we […]

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Little Man You’re Crying: Some Thoughts on Baltimore

May 5, AD2015 6 Comments
Little Man You’re Crying: Some Thoughts on Baltimore

When I was a little boy, my dad sometimes sang this song to me at bedtime, especially if I’d had a bad day. Little man, you’re crying, I know why you’re blue Someone took your kiddy car away Better go to sleep now, little man, you’ve had a busy day Johnny won your marbles, tell […]

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Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

May 4, AD2015 3 Comments
Young Pro-Life Leaders Gather at Camp Joshua, Nevada

“So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat…” (Joshua 6:20 NRSVCE) The theme is Christian and the biblical wall of Jericho is the metaphor referring to:  “Building a culture of life and bringing down the […]

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The Family: A Light in a Dark World

May 4, AD2015 1 Comment
The Family:  A Light in a Dark World

This column is the seventh 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 that 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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Of God and Godparents

April 28, AD2015 1 Comment
Of God and Godparents

Everyone loves seing the babies baptized early Sunday morning. Some squeal with delight while others cry their eyes out as the cold Holy Water runs across their heads. I’m always curious though about who the parents chose as godparents for their child. If physical similarities matter, many seem to have chosen a sibiling or two […]

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Missed Conceptions

April 27, AD2015 18 Comments
Missed Conceptions

The culture of birth control is a strong one. It is an accepted practice by most Christians and unfortunately, most religions today. An article from 2012 states that 82% of Catholics accept birth control although the Church is against it. Why is this? Simply put: money. Of course, money is important. We all need a roof […]

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The Pro-choice Mantra is “Every Child, a Wanted Child.”

April 25, AD2015 40 Comments
The Pro-choice Mantra is “Every Child, a Wanted Child.”

Man, that implies so much. That those who survive the Rubicon of the womb, they were desired,while those who did not, were not. Except it isn’t true. If you look at this world, there are plenty of children who suffer from neglect, from abuse, from the long tentacles of pain of parents who for whatever […]

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Walking Our Own Journey to God

April 14, AD2015 2 Comments
Walking Our Own Journey to God

In November 2013, I wrote a column [link here] about my son leaving the Church, and going off on a journey, that was far away from what most of us imagine for our kids who been raised well in the Church. He had changed his name to “Fig” and moved to a Feminist Anarchist commune and […]

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Thoughts from a New Daddy

April 9, AD2015 1 Comment
Thoughts from a New Daddy

My Christmas present to my wife this last year was a glider, which provides all the comfort of a recliner with the smooth rhythmic motion of a rocking chair. Since we were expecting our first-born child in a few months, it seemed a fitting gift, useful and comfortable and perfect for quiet mornings. Now I’m […]

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The Home is Symbolic

April 9, AD2015 2 Comments
The Home is Symbolic

What is the difference between a home and a hotel? Or a dormitory? If you were to come home to a clean house (cleaned by a maid) and had food to eat (store-bought), would it really make any difference who did those things? What if it wasn’t your home, but an actual hotel or if […]

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“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

April 7, AD2015 168 Comments
“Gay” is the New Anti-Freedom: What I’ve Learned From Indiana’s RFRA

Here’s what I’ve learned from the massive kerfluffle over Indiana’s RFRA: 1. Indiana is simply an intolerable (pun intended) place to do business, so mayors and governors from other states have declared Hoosier country off-limits. Bakers, florists, photographers, and restaurateurs in Indiana have apparently had super-secret meetings in which they have solemnly vowed they will […]

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Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

April 6, AD2015 0 Comments
Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

This column is the fifth 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 that 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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Holy Week Through New Eyes

April 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Holy Week Through New Eyes

Holy week is always a very busy week in our household. Both my husband and myself are involved in ministries that work hard this week – he sings in the schola, I work with the RCIA. Between our ministries being in high gear and trying to make sure the last-minute Easter plans are in place […]

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