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Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 31, AD2015 0 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 41 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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I Could Never Take My Children To Adoration – Or So I Thought!

March 16, AD2015 4 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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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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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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Perinatal Hospice

February 17, AD2015 4 Comments
Perinatal Hospice

I first read about “Perinatal Hospice” in a newspaper article in about 2003; it was a new model of care that had been developed for families who were faced with life threatening diagnosis for their unborn babies and only a small handful of programs existed. It was first proposed by a (then) Army OB Physician […]

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Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

February 15, AD2015 5 Comments
Trying to Understand Pro-Abortion Politicians

“O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek to be understood as to understand.” As I walked down Constitution Avenue with hundreds of thousands of joyous, eclectic, fervent, solemn, loud, costumed, bundled, dancing, leaping, and loving pro-life marchers on the Thursday of the March for Life, I thought that this must be […]

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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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“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

February 3, AD2015 8 Comments
“I Am Woman” — Ironic Ode to the Embryo‏

My husband is the early riser in the family, and on most weekend mornings I stumble downstairs, bleary-eyed, as the kitchen radio screams out the hits of the 1970s. This can be torture or it can be wonderful, depending on my mood and the song. One morning, my positive energy surged I when I recognized […]

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Being Like Rabbits and Testing God

January 27, AD2015 9 Comments
Being Like Rabbits and Testing God

On the return flight from his recent trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis offered a wide-ranging press interview. His remarks about large families and responsible parenthood have caused a great deal of confusion and hand wringing. The National Catholic Reporter and USA Today ran headlines claiming the Pope said Catholics had a moral responsibility to […]

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Homeschooling and the American Spirit

January 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Homeschooling and the American Spirit

I hear a lot about homeschooling from the blogs I read and, although it is a controversial topic, I am sure it has many advantages. Homeschooling is not an option for me, but I do think it is a wonderful choice among several schooling options. Homeschooling is unheard of in Portugal, where I live, and […]

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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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Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

December 20, AD2014 5 Comments
Do You Get Cheated if Your Birthday is Christmas Day?

Christmas has always been my favorite day of the year, so hearing we were due to have a baby on Christmas Day thrilled me beyond measure. But being due to have a baby on Christmas day and actually having a baby on Christmas are two different things, and I couldn’t help but think, “Really, who […]

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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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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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