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Shaping the Image of God: Thoughts about Fatherhood

June 17, AD2017 2 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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Living in the Paschal Mystery

May 7, AD2017 2 Comments
Living in the Paschal Mystery

Paschal Dad is still a bull of a man at 90 years of age. Manual labor and a strong work ethic have molded him into someone who could physically live another ten years. But he has a broken heart from years of disappointment, depression, and now, to cap it all off, dementia. He has regrets […]

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What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

May 3, AD2017 0 Comments
What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

For a moment, imagine the Blessed Virgin Mary tidying her home and preparing meals. Or picture her tenderly bathing the Son of God, gently placing a kiss on his forehead before putting him into bed. Although Mary was supremely graced by God, she was not free from the duties of her vocation. As a young […]

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The Catholic Church CAN Help Single Parents

April 29, AD2017 10 Comments
The Catholic Church CAN Help Single Parents

Mother’s Day is right around the corner, but for many faithful Catholics the picture perfect, Hallmark version of Mother’s Day will never happen. For many single moms, Mother’s Day is another day of housework, quibbling children, stress, and exhaustion exacerbated by misplaced hopes that this Mother’s Day will be special. For faithful, abandoned single dads, Mother’s Day is […]

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The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

April 22, AD2017 27 Comments
The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

As people continue to be confused over what Pope Francis thinks here or there, especially regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried, one thing seems to come up over and over again: what does Pope Francis, this bishop, or that bishops’ conference mean by these words? Obviously, we need to draw meaning from the text […]

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My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
My Grandmother’s Cross Has Become Our Cross

My grandmother, Opal, never raised her voice. She found joy in the simplest things: reading a book, playing scrabble, or completing her crossword puzzles. Her house was spotless all the time; not one thing was ever out of place. Her curio cabinet with filled with shiny, colored dishes and trinkets. Some trinkets she bought at […]

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Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

April 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Marriage and Contemplative Prayer

Marriage tests us in ways we never thought possible. This vocation challenges us to die to ourselves and at the same time inspires and encourages us to rise to a new life united to another. This is a journey that finds its ultimate reality in God. St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the […]

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Chastity of Time

April 11, AD2017 0 Comments
Chastity of Time

Overwhelmed In their book, “Overwhelmed:  How to Quiet the Chaos and Restore Your Sanity,” authors Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory, evangelical Christians, offer readers a plan for reordering their lives away from a constant state of feeling overwhelmed.  I have not read the book but spent a half hour of “mom time” (waiting in a […]

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The Stories of a Snack, Capris, a Mint, and a House

April 4, AD2017 1 Comment
The Stories of a Snack, Capris, a Mint, and a House

I recently heard for a second time the story of why a friend feels called to be a stay-at-home mom. I had heard it before, but I hadn’t paid much attention to it. When I heard it the second time I realized: Wow, this is really the story behind why she made this enormous, self-sacrificial, […]

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Our Lady Healer of Families Heal My Broken Family

March 29, AD2017 10 Comments
Our Lady Healer of Families Heal My Broken Family

I work in RCIA and Adult Faith Formation ministry in my local parish. This role enables me to welcome people into the church, and to help people delve deeper into their relationship with our Lord. Because of this role, I listen to many stories of suffering from people who come into our door. We truly […]

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Jane Austen’s Morality Of Marriage

March 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Jane Austen’s Morality Of Marriage

In our time, according to one of several divergent moralities, an act is a heinous hell-damning sin, while another morality will validate that same act as a heaven-winning act of virtue. This was not so in Jane Austen’s world. There was a generally accepted familial, communal and societal code of conduct – a morality – […]

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Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

March 13, AD2017 6 Comments
Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth.  However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citizens. Society seems to dismiss and even ridicule women’s most sacred, natural role […]

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A Reflection on La La Land

March 2, AD2017 6 Comments
A Reflection on La La Land

(Spoiler Alert: This reflection contains information about the movie’s ending.) The recently released movie La La Land from director Damien Chazelle, featuring actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is stunning. The singing and dancing explode on the screen and the human body is portrayed through dance in its full beauty. Ryan Gosling plays a charming, […]

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Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

February 27, AD2017 49 Comments
Reading Amoris Laetitia in Light of Trent

In the debate over Amoris Laetitia, many people have made reference back to Familiaris Consortio 84 where John Paul II commands that for Communion, the divorced and civilly remarried “take on themselves the duty to live in complete continence, that is, by abstinence from the acts proper to married couples.” It is important to review […]

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The Battle for the Homefront

February 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Battle for the Homefront

During World War II, all of the men, women, and children who were not enlisted in the military knew that they were still an integral part of the fight.  By running factories, living frugally, and keeping morale up, the folks left behind bravely fought the battle on the homefront.  Though we are not living in […]

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The PostPersons: Part II

February 9, AD2017 0 Comments
The PostPersons: Part II

This is Part II of the PostPersons story. In Part I a future was described in which the Supreme Legislature of the United States, once known as the Supreme Court, expanded the right to abortion, so children with the caring assistance of the government, would have a right to terminate their parents. The PostPersons II […]

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If You Love, You Change

February 4, AD2017 0 Comments
If You Love, You Change

We have just gotten over some minor illnesses here at home, colds and pink eye. Even though we are just a family of four, it seems like what we catch already goes around. I’ve heard that in large families, illnesses travel through each family successively, whether they are four or fourteen. I guess that’s family: […]

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