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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 1 Comment
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 153 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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The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

April 1, AD2015 5 Comments
The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

I’m a Catholic working mother. I’ve worked full-time outside the home since 2003, which coincidentally was the same year as my conversion to Catholicism. My first child was born in 2005, followed by four more in the last 10 years (plus two saints in heaven). I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, but circumstances […]

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Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 31, AD2015 51 Comments
Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

[This article is Part 2 in a series. You can read Part 1 here.] In order to justify denying state government the right to decide who can marry, the court itself has to use the definition of marriage used by that state, or substitute some other definition within it’s power. Any current case regarding laws […]

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Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 30, AD2015 89 Comments
Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

Instead of a bended knee, will the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) present a stiff middle finger to Our Father who art in Heaven this June, just as the same institution did in 1973 with Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legitimized the greatest human holocaust in American history? In February 2015, the court refused […]

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The Prayer of the Elderly

March 24, AD2015 1 Comment
The Prayer of the Elderly

As I write this, I am eagerly awaiting the imminent arrival of my third grandchild. I have been privileged to share many happy times with my granddaughter and grandson; and I look forward to making more memories that include their baby sister. Like my own grandparents, I want to share my life with them; and […]

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I Could Never Take My Children To Adoration – Or So I Thought!

March 16, AD2015 5 Comments
I Could Never Take My Children To Adoration – Or So I Thought!

I’m a cradle Catholic. I went to Catholic church every Sunday. I attended CCD classes every Wednesday. I even said bedtime prayers – most of the time – and, as an adult, I was proud of teaching my boys to pray before every dinner. I loved that they even quietly bow their heads and make […]

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The Fifth Commandment: The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

March 16, AD2015 1 Comment
The Fifth Commandment:  The Slippery Slope of Euthanasia

“On the morning of February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the law against assisted suicide was unconstitutional. Canada now joins a small, elite group of madly progressive countries in abandoning the most fundamental principle in all of nature.” Joe Bissonette, “Physician-assisted suicide and spiritual suicide” (Crisis Magazine) “He hath set fire […]

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You Can’t Have Jesus Without the Church

March 13, AD2015 41 Comments
You Can’t Have Jesus Without the Church

Of all the many movements within Protestantism, among the most disturbing is the notion that one can have Jesus but does not need the Church. In order for this to be true, one must separate the bridegroom from the bride. This is impossible: Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself […]

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Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

March 12, AD2015 2 Comments
Evangelium Vitae: 20th Anniversary Novena

The idea of contraception isn’t new; Egyptian scrolls, dating back as far as 1900 BC, refer to birth control of varying types. It seems, mankind has been trying to circumvent the procreational aspect of human intimacy all through history. Yet, some of the earliest instruction put forth by the Bible also condemns such acts. As […]

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Infertility and the Church

March 11, AD2015 3 Comments
Infertility and the Church

Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects more than 6 million women in the U.S., and more than 176 million women worldwide… And I may be one of those women. It’s hard to tell, because endometriosis can only be officially diagnosed by having a laparoscopy — a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia, and […]

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Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

March 9, AD2015 18 Comments
Chapel Veils and the Evangelization of Men

Among the many things the secular media and liberal Catholic media missed from Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke’s recent interview with the New Emangelization Project was His Eminence’s call to return a more reverent awe in the Mass.  Here is a summary of His Eminence’s key points: The Mass has become de-sacralized. There have been and continue […]

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The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

March 9, AD2015 1 Comment
The Future Depends Upon Parental Love

This 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 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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Divorce: The Child Never Forgets

March 3, AD2015 4 Comments
Divorce: The Child Never Forgets

All of us experience suffering and pain in our lives. Life is full of those unexpected curveballs for which we are completely unprepared. Death and divorce are examples. Although not the same, they are both life-altering and (for a child) equally painful. There have been a multitude of studies on divorce. Most of them focus […]

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