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Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

September 4, AD2015 0 Comments
Saint Giles: A Saint For Today

Of all the gifts Holy Mother Church has bestowed on us, one of the greatest is the saints. These ordinary men and women, who lived extraordinary lives of heroic virtue while on earth, continue to demonstrate the timeless true beauty and greatness our Church has to offer. As a Catholic high school teacher, I try […]

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Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

August 27, AD2015 6 Comments
Why Do We Still Expect Marital Fidelity?

  The fallout from the Ashley Madison “data dump” has only begun. Much of the media attention has focused on B-list celebrity Josh Duggar, from his parents’ broken hearts to the inevitable amateur long-distance psychoanalysis and condemnations of the purity movement. However, sidebars do go into the hundreds of federal employees who have accessed the […]

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Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

August 26, AD2015 0 Comments
Combatting Planned Parenthood: How To Serve and Protect Life

I met my husband because of the pro-life movement — I interviewed him for a radio story as I was covering a 40 Days for Life campaign. Since then I’ve attended countless 40 Days for Life rallies, prayer events, pro-life talks and parties — and all as a participant instead of as a reporter. Unfortunately, […]

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One Child More

August 24, AD2015 30 Comments
One Child More

China has its evil and harmful “one child” policy. I propose for American Catholics a “one child more” policy. I think we should encourage all American, Catholic, married couples to ask themselves, “Could we have one child more?” Who Benefits from “One Child More?” The child who is the “one more.” He is blessed to have life, […]

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Same-Sex Marriage: Every Cake You Bake

August 19, AD2015 5 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage: Every Cake You Bake

We read, see, and hear a growing accumulation of stories in the news of small businesses being persecuted for not providing services to celebrate a same-sex marriage. Photographers, restaurants, inns, and bakeries are the initial targets; some law suits have had great success. It is an eerie echo of the Police song: Every move they […]

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Ashley Madison Proves People Aren’t Doing Marriage Right

August 17, AD2015 2 Comments
Ashley Madison Proves People Aren’t Doing Marriage Right

Perhaps you’ve noticed Ashley Madison trending on the Internet lately. The story here is one of the saddest I’ve heard or read about in a long time. Ashley Madison, if you aren’t aware, is a dating site for married people. Keep in mind, this is not a dating site for persons interested in developing neat […]

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Embracing the Divorced and Remarried With a Mother’s Heart

August 11, AD2015 16 Comments
Embracing the Divorced and Remarried With a Mother’s Heart

In his August 5, 2015 General Audience, Pope Francis broached the controversial topic of civilly divorced Catholics who have remarried. The secular media lit up with pronouncements that Pope Francis was pushing for communion for the divorced and remarried. Those who advocate for a change to Church doctrine and those who are caught up in […]

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Same-Sex “Marriage”: The Victims. The Children.

July 28, AD2015 40 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 […]

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Chapter 10 of Love is Our Mission: “Choosing Life”

July 27, AD2015 2 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 […]

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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 […]

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Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

July 16, AD2015 17 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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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