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The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

January 26, AD2015 18 Comments
The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

Love him or hate him, Matt Walsh has a way of purposefully stating the obvious with a take no prisoners approach. I haven’t read many of his posts but Yes, I am Prolife Even in Cases of Rape and Incest. Here’s Why had me at the headline. I, too, share this sentiment and, as my […]

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The Necessary Virtue of Hope

January 24, AD2015 2 Comments
The Necessary Virtue of Hope

During any phase of transition, one hears quite a bit about the importance of the theological virtues of faith and love. One is counseled to have faith in God that He will bring the best result out of the situation, while being reminded to either love those also going through the transition along the way, […]

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The ELCA and Abortion

January 21, AD2015 3 Comments
The ELCA and Abortion

A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, “My real disaffection with the ELCA didn’t start with sex. It began in […]

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Lovers of Law and the Law of Love

January 16, AD2015 7 Comments
Lovers of Law and the Law of Love

There is no death on earth so severe as the death of the heart. There’s also nothing as beautiful on earth as living life to the fullest, embracing equally both joys and sorrows.  We see this so often in the lives of little children, whose little hearts are open and alive — and often far […]

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The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

January 5, AD2015 5 Comments
The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

My days were frantic preparing for a two-week trip to Turkey; before I left I had to have my home, kids, dog, and get everything at work prepared for my absence. I laid out extensive back-up plans at work since I am the only Perinatal Bereavement Nurse in my region. I thought I was ready […]

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Stealing God’s Job

January 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Stealing God’s Job

If you asked a typical Catholic, “Are you stealing God’s job?”, they would laugh out loud at such a ridiculous question and emphatically deny it.  I know I did.  Granted, the wording of this question is designed to shock. Yet the question is also meant to provoke self- examination.  After someone asked me this question, I […]

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It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

December 19, AD2014 8 Comments
It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

Christmas shopping, menu planning, cookie exchanges, gift swaps, new TVs, new cars, new clothes … bells, carols, gold and glitter … snowflakes, tinsel and trees … these are all wonderful, happy things. We are still a country abundantly blessed, even in our hard economy. So, what’s been on my mind this Advent season are those […]

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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 12, AD2014 53 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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Being One, Holy and Catholic

October 31, AD2014 13 Comments
Being One, Holy and Catholic

Holy People in Daily Life Several rolling, rural counties of Northeastern Ohio are home to the largest Amish community in the world. Ohioans are very accustomed to passing by buggies, bicyclists, plain white houses with black and purple laundry on the line, and horses — hundreds of horses, who do the work in this idyllic […]

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The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

October 28, AD2014 8 Comments
The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

Where Senses Fail Without love, life would be miserable. Thankfully, we always have the love of God — every minute that we are alive, and whether it is tangible to us or not. The paths of life can sometimes be so dark that no light seems to permeate the blackness of sorrow, sickness, or despair. […]

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Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

October 24, AD2014 17 Comments
Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

Each day is a rush from beginning to end for many people. Scarf down breakfast, run to catch a bus, work all day, pick up the children from school, clean the house, mow the lawn, edit homework late into the night – most of us can barely fit everything that needs to be done into […]

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Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

September 26, AD2014 275 Comments
Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14) Dark green mountainsides, weary of standing sentinel throughout summer, are slowly changing hue while September pours herself out upon […]

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The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

September 25, AD2014 10 Comments
The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

The Rev. Walter Baer of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans has penned a letter that could be an epilogue from the C.S. Lewis classic. Screwtape would be proud of this one. The words practically slither off the screen. Rev. Baer is pleased to welcome the new Planned Parenthood clinic to his […]

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Signs From Heaven

September 20, AD2014 5 Comments
Signs From Heaven

I used to have a strange, very naive idea that I would be closely united with my father after his death. I know that we are united with the communion of saints, and that death no longer separates us (Romans 8:38-39). I believe we can pray to the saints, and even pray to and pray […]

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Save the Storks in Delaware

September 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Save the Storks in Delaware

Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute […]

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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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