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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 7 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 4 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 3 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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The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

December 5, AD2014 9 Comments
The Spiritual Dynamic of Marriage

Do you find yourself waiting secretly for your knight in shining armour to whisk you off your feet so you can live happily ever after? Or for a wonderful woman to lift off your depression and sense of aimlessness? Although we laugh at such ridiculous fantasies as the stuff of naïve, lovesick teenagers, we all […]

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Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

December 2, AD2014 5 Comments
Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

I asked Abigail Reimel if I could write a follow up to her article about being a planner (found here). I am about 30 years older than her, and those years have taught me a few things. I hope someone older than me will follow up my article. Abigail brought up some helpful points. Our […]

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The Family: Created For Joy

November 24, AD2014 5 Comments
The Family: Created For Joy

Next September 22-27, 2015 will be the eighth World Meeting of Families and it will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have created a preparatory catechesis for this great event in the life of the Church. The document is called “Love is Our Mission: The […]

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Living The Pro-Life Blessing

November 10, AD2014 29 Comments
Living The Pro-Life Blessing

A few years ago when a journalist interviewed me for an article on Mother’s Day for our city’s major paper, she asked me if I ever regretted not using my degree to pursue a career. I simply stared at her in shock for a few moments, my mind blank. “No”, I finally stuttered, “the thought […]

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The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

November 10, AD2014 50 Comments
The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

I know this is old news now, but so is the resurrection of Jesus. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family that ended on October 19, 2014, was extraordinary not only because of it’s session being a necessary preliminary discussion of issues in preparation for the Ordinary Session next year, but for the extraordinary difference in the […]

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Marriage: ‘Bergoglio’ Approves Shacking Up?

September 22, AD2014 94 Comments
Marriage:  ‘Bergoglio’ Approves Shacking Up?

Maybe you heard that on Sunday, September 14, 2014, Pope Francis married twenty couples at St. Peter’s Basilica. I learned about it first from an old friend who doesn’t think there has been a real pope in Rome for about a century. He included a link to an ABC news story with his own comment: […]

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12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

September 19, AD2014 21 Comments
12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

As Holy Mother Church plans the World Meeting of Families, my husband and I are approaching our 40th wedding anniversary. As a child bride of 17 marrying her high school sweetheart, I felt the invincibility of our union with the passion of youth. Now, some four decades later, I’d like to reflect on what we’ve […]

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