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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 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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“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 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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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 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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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 Idol of Safety

October 31, AD2014 16 Comments
The Idol of Safety

Those calls a mother dreads. I have received a number of them in the past few weeks. “Mom, I was hit by a car while riding my bike;” “My financial aid package may not go through;” “Tonight I might be arrested.” Sometimes I think my fears feel magnified being a soul-surviving parent. The days of […]

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When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

October 7, AD2014 57 Comments
When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

When our children are young, their doctors are our partners. They guide and aid us in ensuring our children are as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, about the time our children hit adolescence and start to look at us with a jaded eye, their medical providers are doing the same thing. All too often, we are […]

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15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones

September 18, AD2014 3 Comments
15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones

I have been sitting in mass with small children since I became Catholic in 1994. There were times when it was more difficult and times when it was less difficult, but it is always an exhausting experience. Rewarding at times, but still a workout. Many times people have come up to me and told me […]

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Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children

September 16, AD2014 26 Comments
Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children

Long ago, I wrote a blog post explaining how to raise eight children without even trying. Today, I’m going to tell you why I never should have had eight children in the first place. Had I listened to the devil and modern conventional wisdom, that is. When I was a happy mother of four, seriously considering […]

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The Red Sword of ISIS

September 11, AD2014 4 Comments
The Red Sword of ISIS

They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]

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