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NFP: The Antidote to Sexism

August 6, AD2018 0 Comments
NFP: The Antidote to Sexism

Lili Loofbourow wishes ‘we lived in a world that encouraged women to attend to their bodies’ pain signals instead of powering through like endurance champs. It would be grand if women (and men) were taught to consider a woman’s pain abnormal,’ But a woman’s pain is normal. The Church is the first to teach us that ‘no […]

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On Materialism and Heroism

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
On Materialism and Heroism

Every time our mailman knocks at the door, I know I can expect an update about his son’s medical school. He has two children and he, like everyone I know, rejoices in his son’s career success. It seems like his job as a father is complete because he got his son into college. I Used […]

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Marriage and Family: The Secret to Joy

July 21, AD2018 0 Comments
Marriage and Family: The Secret to Joy

The secret to happiness: fall in love, get married, have babies – once undisputedly known to be the key to the majority of people’s happiness, is now presented as an oppressive societal expectation that has little to no relation to personal fulfillment. Marriage is No Longer a Worthy Goal Career success, increased disposable income, home […]

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Living with The Blessings of OCD

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Living with The Blessings of OCD

If I must boast , I will boast in the things that show my weakness (2 Corinthians 11: 30) I like to look for the gift attached to every disability and limitation, believing it will be a path to holiness. I’ve never liked professional labels because the reaction is often, “Oh, that explains everything”.  Finding […]

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Dying in the Prime of Life

July 12, AD2018 0 Comments
Dying in the Prime of Life

It has always struck me that the Lord started His life’s work at such a young age and died a mere three years later. There is not much recorded about Jesus’ early and teenage years through His twenties, but the Gospel notes the age at which He began his public ministry shortly after being baptized: […]

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Outcome-based Parenting

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Outcome-based Parenting

The highlight of a recent camping trip was meeting a Hungarian dinosaur-enthusiast. He wasn’t scared of our three small, crazy children. In fact, he and my four-year-old daughter became fast friends, playing tic-tac-toe and pretending to be T-rexes. What I most appreciated about him was his authenticity. He said, “These are the best ages, when […]

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“Better Man” and Our Role As Male and Female

June 17, AD2018 0 Comments
“Better Man” and Our Role As Male and Female

“Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala.” John 19:25 The past couple of weeks I have had a song stuck in my head.  The Song is called Better Man, by Little Big Town.  I found this strange for a couple of reasons, […]

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Patience – I Need It Now!

June 9, AD2018 0 Comments
Patience – I Need It Now!

Patience is not one of my strong suits. Considering that one of my mother’s favorite sayings was, “Dear Lord, give me patience – and I want it right now”, there might be a correlation. After all, my mother influenced my life like no other. When my two younger brothers grew into unruly teens and Mom […]

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Christian Men, Take The Beating

June 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Christian Men, Take The Beating

A few months ago I started reading a book entitled, The Heavenly Man, about a certain Brother Yun, who became “a great fighter and a faithful worker” for Christ under a Communist government that suppressed Christianity. I was deeply moved and inspired by his witness to the Christian faith and the hardships he endured to […]

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It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

May 30, AD2018 0 Comments
It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

With my first child, I rigorously studied infant sleep schedules and development books and felt like I was giving my baby everything she needed. With my second child, our little world was knocked out of control, but I thought I would eventually get it back. Indeed, the more he grew, the less demanding he was […]

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Men and Women and the Authority of God

May 29, AD2018 0 Comments
Men and Women and the Authority of God

The LORD God then took the man and settled him in the garden of Eden, to cultivate and care for it. The LORD God gave the man this order: You are free to eat from any of the trees of the garden, except the tree of knowledge of good and evil. From that tree you […]

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The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

Celebrated Worldwide, Beloved By Millions: Jane Is Everywhere The Jane Austen Circle of Singapore regularly hosts Regency balls and teas at the Old Parliament Arts House. Membership consists largely of octogenarians and nonagenarians— several of them are youngsters, not yet fifty years old You can attend an Austen Festival at the following locations: Bath, England; Canberra […]

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Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

May 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

People, from infants to the elderly, thrive spiritually when they have enough free time to relax, create, and pray. We all need unscheduled time, time to be bored in a positive sense because boredom can the birthplace of authentic spirituality and creativity. Self- obsessed business is often a superficial way of trying to obtain a […]

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Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

April 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

On Easter Sunday my family and I shared a traditional Italian dinner with my wife’s family at the home of her parents, Gerald and Ines Davino. I love spending time with my in-laws. Their brand of food, fellowship, and fun has taught me so much about what it means to be part of an extended […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

April 11, AD2018 15 Comments
Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

This week I attended a Symposium commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the famous papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington DC. The conference featured an all-star list of speakers including Janet Smith, Helen Alvaré, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and other experts. I read Paul VI’s encyclical cover to cover the […]

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Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

April 2, AD2018 7 Comments
Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” –St. Teresa of Calcutta It has by now been well documented that the legalization of abortion and the promotion of hormonal contraceptives did not lead to the intended results. The argument […]

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My Irish Uncle Was a Simple, Just Man Like St. Joseph

March 3, AD2018 1 Comment
My Irish Uncle Was a Simple, Just Man Like St. Joseph

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I’ve heard the Irish use the names of the Holy Family as profanity, not unlike the way many Americans say, “Oh, God.” But on my Uncle Michael’s lips, these words sounded like a prayer of often-experienced wonder at life. Actually, the words were not so much on his lips as in […]

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The Other Side of a Vocation Story

March 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Other Side of a Vocation Story

I have prayed the Prayer for Vocations a couple thousand times and yet it wasn’t until fourteen years ago that it struck a chord. There is something they don’t tell you when you pray this prayer. Over the years, I have heard about the vocation crisis and how the Church needs more priests and religious. […]

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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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Amoris Laetitia : A Modern Pandora’s Box?

February 22, AD2018 5 Comments
Amoris Laetitia : A Modern Pandora’s Box?

“But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 3 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

February 13, AD2018 3 Comments
Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

What are your plans for Valentine’s Ash Wednesday? Sex and Death The combination was bound to happen eventually; it will happen again in 2024 and 2029, then not again until the 22nd century. Most people I know personally or through social media have taken it fairly well. One person did wonder if, since some bishops […]

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Praying for the Families of Divorce

February 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying for the Families of Divorce

Family: The Basic Cell of Society Catholic tradition and teaching firmly upholds the great importance and significance of the family as the “basic unit of society”. The family is where we learn to live and to love. Our Lord is with the family, for it is with the family that the whole of society is […]

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