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The Theology of Jane Austen- Part II

November 19, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of Jane Austen- Part II

In Part I of this discussion, the point was made that a fuller and deeper understanding of and appreciation of the works of Jane Austen (“Jane”) is possible if one learns about her Anglican religion and its effects on all of the society during her lifetime (1775 A.D. to 1817 A.D.). In addition to the […]

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The Theology of Jane Austen-Part I

November 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Theology of Jane Austen-Part I

Of course, there is no such theology. No such thing if the title above means to cite a book or treatise written by Jane Austen herself entitled something like, “My Theology, By A Lady.” There were other working, tentative titles, not chosen, for this discussion – including “Jane’s Faith,” “J. Austen’s Creed,”  “A Lady’s Gospel,” […]

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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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God Will Not Be Outdone in Generosity

November 15, AD2017 2 Comments
God Will Not Be Outdone in Generosity

My mother-in-law didn’t care for me. I knew that long before our engagement was announced. I wasn’t even surprised when she tried to convince my husband not to marry me. Early on, we were polite to each other, but I knew she was saying unkind things about me. I should admit that she wasn’t alone […]

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Eat, Drink And Be Merry

November 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Eat, Drink And Be Merry

Eat Drink And Be Merry Eat drink and be merry for tomorrow we die. There are several places in holy Scripture where this sentiment is expressed. The one that has been bouncing around my mind since I heard it at Sunday Mass a few weeks ago pertains to the parable of the rich man who […]

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Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

November 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Imitate John the Baptist – Friend of the Bridegroom

When John the Baptist’s disciples are disturbed that Jesus’ disciples are baptizing people and Christ is increasing in importance, they come to their master to complain. John then reveals his role in salvation history. “He who has the bride is the bridegroom. The friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly at […]

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We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

October 25, AD2017 1 Comment
We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

It is difficult to be a woman today, especially a Christian woman. It’s no wonder Catholics are confused about who they are. The Church boldly declares feminine traits are part of a woman’s core identity, deeply rooted in their souls, not just apparent in their physical appearance. Saint John Paul II, in his letter On […]

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Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

October 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Striving to Live Worthy of His Call

In today’s culture getting married young may not be frowned upon, but it certainly isn’t very common. Recently, my fiancé and I, both in our early 20s, went on our engagement weekend, which was part of our marriage prep through the Church. There must have been 20-30 couples there, and I am almost positive we […]

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St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

October 4, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

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The Catholic Church in Detroit is Unleashing the Gospel

September 19, AD2017 10 Comments
The Catholic Church in Detroit is Unleashing the Gospel

The Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit is getting “turbocharged.” At least that is what George Weigel says. In a recent article at First Things entitled “Motown and the Turbocharged Church”, Weigel had nothing but good things to say about Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s plan to “Unleash the Gospel” in the archdiocese. “Motown may no […]

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How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

September 16, AD2017 3 Comments
How One Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as […]

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Secrets to A Grace Filled Marriage: Humility and a Sense of Humour

August 28, AD2017 18 Comments
Secrets to A Grace Filled Marriage:  Humility and a Sense of Humour

My husband, Michael, and I will have been married for 39 years on Sept. 1, 2017. After a difficult life, we are happy and still in love. Surprisingly, we have become one in reality, deeply in tune with each other’s spirits even though we are still opposites in personality. Our tangible joy is inexplicable through secular eyes […]

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The Heron Life: The Virtue of Stability

August 16, AD2017 0 Comments
The Heron Life: The Virtue of Stability

In a culture that values what is new over what is old, excitement over routine, style over substance, it is not surprising that instability plagues many lives, and that those who are constantly seeking their peace in different experiences, jobs, places and people, never seem to find it.  This wanderlust-of-heart, ever restless until we rest […]

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Turning Points

August 8, AD2017 0 Comments
Turning Points

The first turning point came when our car initially broke down in Hawaii. I was 6,000 miles away in Delaware, caring for my 90 year-old-parents. Well, really, just my Dad. Mom had a few falls but still made mashed potatoes from scratch and watched over Dad to make sure he ate. She has done this […]

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The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

August 3, AD2017 26 Comments
The Magisterium and the Dilemma of Dissent

There used to be a time when many of the world’s Catholic Christians submitted to the Church’s vision of faith and morals. The teaching authority of the Church was respected and trusted by Catholics the world over. However, the 21st century is a different time. There are more baptized Catholics now than ever before. Sadly, […]

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Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

August 3, AD2017 3 Comments
Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

The Church recently celebrated Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. The lessons, reflections, and prayers can serve married couples and change the culture. It’s not just a “Catholic thing”. The family is the heart of parish life and parents are guardians of life. But parental “superhero” powers are helpful–at 2 a.m. in the morning when darting from room […]

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A Father Remembered

August 2, AD2017 3 Comments
A Father Remembered

I was in shock standing in the front pew of the church at my father’s service (a traditional funeral was not held). Monsignor was at the podium saying kind words about the departed. But he knew my family’s situation for almost a decade before this day. The turmoil and chaos in my household was something […]

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The Message of Fatima for Mothers

August 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Message of Fatima for Mothers

One hundred years ago an angel, then Our Lady, appeared to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Much was recorded by Sister Lucia, one of the children, who was asked to write about this event by the Bishop of Leiria, now the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima, and by priests, journalists and historians since then. Although […]

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Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

July 26, AD2017 8 Comments
Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as an observer. Most of my nine children were able to verbalize their womb and birth experiences if my husband and I posed questions before they were three and a half or […]

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The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

June 24, AD2017 2 Comments
The Lost Virtue of Christian Hospitality

Summer is a time we invite family and friends over for dinner often. The sun sets later and evenings are warm. It is an ideal season to entertain guests, to sit down with family and friends and share a meal together. Hospitality is a Christian virtue. Pope Francis has mentioned that it runs the risk […]

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Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

June 17, AD2017 4 Comments
Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

I have been thinking a lot about fatherhood lately. Having put in quite a few years as a dad with three beautiful children, you would think that by now I would be an expert on the subject. Sadly, such is not the case. I find myself still questioning why I am not the “perfect” father […]

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Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

June 12, AD2017 1 Comment
Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

My husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage in May. This decade has brought with it many things including three children and my conversion to the Catholic Church. We had a Catholic wedding since my husband was brought up in the Church. I, however, was as far from Catholicism as I ever was going to […]

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The Problem With Instant Gratification

June 8, AD2017 1 Comment
The Problem With Instant Gratification

If you’ve found yourself in debt from credit cards, new vehicles, and student loans, chances are you’ve fallen into instant gratification debt. However, fear not. The good news (or not so good news depending on how you look at it) is, you’re definitely not alone. We live in a culture that thrives on instant gratification. Amazon.com […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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