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Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

June 29, AD2015 2 Comments
Love Is Our Mission: Who Is The Church?

This column is the ninth 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 first essay on the first chapter is here. The […]

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A Good Man’s Happy Death

June 13, AD2015 17 Comments
A Good Man’s Happy Death

Just over 2 months ago, my father, Donald Leroy Evans, journeyed into eternity. I wrote elsewhere recently about my own experience with him, bridging chasms we once had, due in large part to my SSA (same sex attraction) struggles and the closeness we later shared in the last number of years since my return to […]

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Remembering Paul Coakley

June 12, AD2015 3 Comments
Remembering Paul Coakley

A friend of mine from college named Paul Coakley recently passed away. His death has had a tremendous impact on my life and in the lives of countless others. I would like to write a tribute to the man and the legacy that he leaves behind. The first notable encounter I had with Paul Coakley […]

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How to Bury Your Baby After a Miscarriage

June 10, AD2015 12 Comments
How to Bury Your Baby After a Miscarriage

The loss of a child is a nightmare for every parent. In the first few hours and days of grief and shock, it’s hard to know what to do. It’s especially hard when the loss occurs in early pregnancy, since our culture isn’t accustomed to treating unborn babies as human beings — and this happens […]

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A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

June 1, AD2015 8 Comments
A Home for the Wounded Heart: Chapter 8 of “Love is Our Mission”

This column is the eighth 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. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay which introduces the second […]

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Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

May 27, AD2015 4 Comments
Strap on Your Bib, It’s Time for Humble Pie

Never say never. That’s what they have always said. And how true it is – both in this world and regarding Eternal Life! If you’re beyond a certain age and have children, you may already have experienced the phenomenon of becoming your parents. As a child, you resented their constraints and swore never to replicate […]

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Beware, These Aren’t Your Parents’ Scouts!

May 21, AD2015 123 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 21 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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Whole Food and Sex: Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

May 15, AD2015 6 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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Little Man You’re Crying: Some Thoughts on Baltimore

May 5, AD2015 7 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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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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