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Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time; Facing Depression

January 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Back to (Extra)Ordinary Time; Facing Depression

I left Hawaii’s extraordinary climate just before the New Year to be with my 90-year-old parents on the wintry east coast near Philadelphia. I arrived the day after my father was admitted to what my mother refers to as “the mental hospital.” Committed It’s my father’s first time in such a facility. He was committed […]

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Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

December 1, AD2016 1 Comment
Christmas Eve in the Psychiatric Unit

In the Hospital I was not just in the hospital but in the “Psychiatric Unit” of the hospital. This is what happened to me on Christmas Eve, 2003. I was granted a pass to go home either Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. It wasn’t much of a choice but I chose the second option. This […]

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I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

October 30, AD2016 24 Comments
I Have Cancer But Please, Don’t Kill My Baby to Save Me

Contrary to popular reporting, Breast Cancer does not necessarily mean a death sentence for baby or mother. The truth of the matter is that both can safely live. If you are not aware of this aspect of oncological medicine, it might surprise you to know that this scientific fact is not news at all. Mothers […]

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Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

September 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Have You Had A Mercy Checkup?

The Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy officially ends soon (November 20, 2016). Considering that fact, together with Saint Teresa of Calcutta’s canonization, perhaps it is time for a quick mercy checkup. While we still have some time left, let’s see how we’re doing in our individual application of the works of mercy. Under prayerful consideration, what […]

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Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

September 5, AD2016 0 Comments
Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

  Americans today have become health conscious.  We are been conditioned by society – and perhaps for good reason – to start ‘working out,’ or at the very least to ‘stay active.’  Daily exercise should be at the very top of our list of priorities! It seems that no matter what website we visit these days […]

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The Devil Wants You Isolated

September 3, AD2016 13 Comments
The Devil Wants You Isolated

  I write this article thinking about a friend. This friend is Catholic and recently got into a situation which is obviously not very good for her, involving renting a room and a single, older man. Instinctively, I am sure she knows deep down this was a bad decision, although she tried to play it […]

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The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

August 26, AD2016 2 Comments
The TV Dinner and the Sexual Revolution

There was something about the 1960s and ’70s. Making life easy and devising all kinds of shortcuts marked these decades. Nothing epitomizes this like the TV dinner. As a child of this era, I clearly remember my mother in the kitchen chopping, dicing, stewing, and roasting to have dinner on the table at 5:00 p.m. […]

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Mustard Seed Faith

August 25, AD2016 1 Comment
Mustard Seed Faith

Back in high school, my shop teacher had us recite the abbreviated version Reinhold Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, the first sentence of the prayer popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve-step programs. At the time, I had no idea why we recited it at the beginning of each class. God grant me the serenity to accept the things […]

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Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

June 24, AD2016 0 Comments
Salt of the Earth – Light of the World

These are difficult times that we live in. The media bombards us daily with accounts of inappropriate, illegal and immoral actions allegedly committed by the miscreants running for national political offices. For that matter, there are a variety of accusations made against just about every political candidate in every race during any election cycle, and […]

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Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

May 21, AD2016 4 Comments
Scrupulosity: What It Is and How to Overcome It

  Scrupulosity, in the Catholic sense, is the tendency to focus on our sins too much, forgetting Our Redeemer and His mercy in the process. It is the tendency to remember the law while forgetting the Law Giver. A person with “a case of the scruples” has likely forgotten that the law was made for […]

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Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

May 20, AD2016 56 Comments
Why Even Faithful Catholics Suffer From Mental Illness

  Although most respectable members of our parishes try to look healthy and content in public, mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles. I would wager that mental health issues are especially prevalent among the devout who are serious about their inner life; when people tackle deep inner issues […]

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Spring Cleaning My Soul

May 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Spring Cleaning My Soul

Spring is in the air! The birds are rising earlier with the sun and the weather is warmer.  Here in the Midwest, it is never a safe bet to expect warm sunny weather this early, although it is May.  A hard freeze can suddenly put a damper on garage sale or clean up day.  One day […]

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Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

May 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

My experience of being pregnant with cancer is that being pro-life is not a death sentence for a pregnant woman with cancer or her unborn child. Many cite “life of the mother” as a reason for abortion. Many of the times “life of the mother” is cited, abortion is not in the woman’s best interest. Research has shown […]

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Where are You, God?

May 6, AD2016 7 Comments
Where are You, God?

“Where are you, God?” many ask these days. He’s certainly hard to see in the utter chaos of today’s world. He’s hard to detect in the murders and butchery and blasphemy of those who kill Christians and innocents around the world. It’s difficult to discern His presence in the reality of almost 4,000 unborn babies […]

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How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

May 5, AD2016 1 Comment
How Jesus Draws out Our True Identity

It was Our Lord who asked Peter three times, in rather unusual fashion: “Do you love me?” Peter answered three times, “yes – yes – yes.” And with each “yes”, Our Lord gave a command: Feed my lambs, Peter. Take care of my sheep. Feed my sheep. If Peter really did love the Lord, then why did […]

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Body-Positive Catholicism

March 15, AD2016 12 Comments
Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of stairs, thinking this was the way to live Catholicism. I saw the problem with society’s ideal model: a self-starvation woman with liposuction, plastic surgery, a facelift, make up […]

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A Year of Living Like Paul

February 6, AD2016 4 Comments
A Year of Living Like Paul

This past January 20 marked the one year anniversary of the death of my friend, Paul Coakley. Last year I wrote two articles about my thoughts on his life, death and subsequent impact upon me. Now that a year has passed, I would like to offer another reflection upon said impact. I wrote at the end […]

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Living My Faith

November 18, AD2015 3 Comments
Living My Faith

In The Beginning I am a convert to Catholicism. In 2004, I was welcomed into the church. I was raised by Protestant parents; both were loving, but inconsistent with my faith formation. We attended an Assembies of God church. We had church basement meals and also had service Wednesday nights. I enjoyed this time, but […]

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