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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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One Marriage, the State and God

March 3, AD2015 12 Comments
One Marriage, the State and God

There have been perhaps a gazillion or two marriages since God ordained the Sacrament, as well as time and space and everything else He created. However, I could be wrong about the time aspect. According to Penny of The Big Bang Theory when asked if she knew who Stephen Hawking was she responded, “The wheelchair dude who invented time”. But, this […]

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Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

February 14, AD2015 3 Comments
Burned By Love – Divorced Catholics , Valentine’s Day and Agape Love

Who doesn’t want love? After basic physical needs of water, food, and shelter, one of the most basic human needs is love. Each of us wants to know love. Each of us wants to be loved. Each of us wants to love another. The human longing for love is normal and good, but for those who […]

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50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

February 13, AD2015 2 Comments
50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

When I was a young adult, someone told me a somewhat off color joke. An elderly couple was peacefully sitting on their porch swing one evening. Lost in the serene spectacle of the setting sun, the husband was stunned when his wife smacked him harshly across the face. “Why did you do that?’ he burst […]

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The Friendship Which Is Marriage

February 9, AD2015 8 Comments
The Friendship Which Is Marriage

This is the fourth 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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A Midlife Marriage is an Interesting Thing

January 26, AD2015 7 Comments
A Midlife Marriage is an Interesting Thing

I never imagined myself getting married at 50. I thought my first husband and I would get old together, but his death prevented that. In my new and unexpected singleness, I prayed and was specific with God:  I prefer having no partner over a “bad” one, so if there is no good man for me, […]

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The Modern Family and the Holy Family

January 19, AD2015 2 Comments
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 5 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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Rational Animal Sexuality

January 12, AD2015 5 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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How Salvation is Like Marriage

December 16, AD2014 3 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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Mission of the Family: LOVE

December 15, AD2014 4 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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