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The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

August 5, AD2018 0 Comments
The Virgin Mary and the Pro-Life Movement

The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary always reminds me of Pope John Paul II’s visit to World Youth Day in Denver in the summer of 1993. The culmination of the event was an outdoor Mass with 400,000 kids in Cherry Creek State Park. Because of the dry heat that day, it felt like we […]

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Using Man’s Laws to “Serve Others in God’s Love”

August 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Using Man’s Laws to “Serve Others in God’s Love”

And when the last law was down, and the devil turned round on you—where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast–man’s laws, not God’s–and if you cut them down…do you think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? –St. Thomas […]

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“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”
Derek and the Jar Baby

July 10, AD2018 0 Comments
“All God’s Children Go to Heaven”<br>Derek and the Jar Baby

But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God.”  Luke 18:16 A Different Child of God Derek was different.  We called him retarded.  It was before the term “developmentally disabled” even existed. Derek and I played together in […]

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Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

July 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Broken Harp: The Deadly Abortion Deal in Ireland

Ireland has always been known as a place of enchantment, particularly in its poetry, music, and dance. As if to remind us of this, the Emerald Isle itself is even shaped like a harp! But to adopt the metaphor of Don McLean’s classic song, American Pie, May 25 was “the day the music died” in […]

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Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

June 13, AD2018 0 Comments
Could We Add Pro-Life Words to the Pledge?

Right after WWII, there was a widespread movement which involved the Knights of Columbus, many co-sponsors in the Senate, resounding support in the House and the support of Dwight David Eisenhower, urging Congress to add the words “under God” to the Pledge of Allegiance. On Flag Day in 1954, these two simple words were added […]

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Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

June 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Personhood: The Achilles’ Heel of Roe?

On May 8, the New York State Court of Appeals rendered a final decision on a petition brought by a group called the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP). The NhRP first filed for a Writ of Habeas Corpus in 2013 on behalf of clients Kiko and Tommy, two adult chimpanzees.  The NhRP objected to the chimps being […]

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Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

May 2, AD2018 4 Comments
Terri Schiavo and the “Perverse Mercy” of Death by Starvation

[The] administration of water and food, even when provided by artificial means, always represents a natural means of preserving life, not a medical act. Its use, …should be considered …ordinary and proportionate, and as such morally obligatory, …until it is seen to have attained its proper finality, which in the present case consists in providing […]

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Nihilism, Bodies, and Personhood in Black Mirror

April 19, AD2018 1 Comment
Nihilism, Bodies, and Personhood in Black Mirror

Charlie Brooker’s television series, Black Mirror, now residing at Netflix, has earned notoriety for its examination of how people use and rely on spectacular technological advances – and then suffer for it. There has been some discussion among critics as to whether the series has experienced a decline in quality and whether or not this […]

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Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

April 16, AD2018 3 Comments
Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

What is a vocation? I am a single person. Sometimes having a vocation can seem to be a huge, scary thing, not meant for me. Other times, it feels like the thing that will make my life meaningful and I wonder why I don’t have one ‒ or at least why I don’t have the […]

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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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Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

March 8, AD2018 12 Comments
Sex Education: Chipping Away at the Culture of Death

The fierce battle between the Culture of Death and the Culture of Life is heightened now that there is a new administration in charge. In the realm of sex education, the stakes could not be any higher. The prize for the winner is the very souls of our children. God gave them to us for […]

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Life Hidden in Mystery

March 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Life Hidden in Mystery

The Catholic religion is full of mystery — the mystery of God. This mystery is not a human puzzle that a Sherlock Holmes can “solve” by the force of brilliant deductions. Nor is it the type of enigma that can be understood only by an intellectual elite. The ancient world was full of “mystery religions” of […]

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Use Words of Life, Not Death

March 6, AD2018 0 Comments
Use Words of Life, Not Death

“And God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). The Lord said many things throughout Scripture. His words are powerful. We are created in His image and likeness and are filled with His Holy Spirit. Our words are powerful too. Fasting From Words The Scriptures warn us about the evils of […]

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Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

March 4, AD2018 6 Comments
Will the Fight to Save the Eighth Amendment Awaken Catholic Ireland?

And the man of God [St. Patrick] …earnestly prayed that he might be certified of the present and the future state of Hibernia [Ireland], … [Then Patrick] beheld the whole island as it were a flaming fire ascending unto heaven; and he heard the angel …saying…: “Such at this time is Hibernia in the sight […]

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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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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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The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

February 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Insidiousness of the Culture of Death

My mother died on February 26, 2006. She spent most of February in the hospital. When it became clear she was never going home, medical staff suggested we utilize their new inpatient palliative care unit. Mom would be their first patient. We thought she would die more comfortably there, so we agreed. Staff was compassionate. […]

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Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How […]

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Contraceptives Hurt Women and Millennials May Agree

February 3, AD2018 22 Comments
Contraceptives Hurt Women and Millennials May Agree

[A] man who grows accustomed to the use of contraceptive methods may forget the reverence due to a woman, and, disregarding her physical and emotional equilibrium [emphasis added] reduce her to being a mere instrument for the satisfaction of his own desires, no longer considering her as his partner whom he should surround with care […]

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Children, Global Warming, and Signs of Contradiction

January 24, AD2018 28 Comments
Children, Global Warming, and Signs of Contradiction

We Americans are having a bad effect on Canada. Just the other day (January 13), Kristen Pyszczyk of CBC suggested quite nicely that perhaps it would be best if people were rude to couples who, like Chip and Joanna Gaines, have more than two children. “Shame is a powerful tool for changing behaviour: it’s how […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

January 21, AD2018 5 Comments
What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

The March for Life has just passed. The shouts, chantings, and ever-creative handmade signs are still vivid in many minds, images redolent with pro-life enthusiasm. I’ve been to the March several times, and in other years have assisted spiritually from a distance. Every year, I see much that’s beautiful and inspiring—many souls full of dedication, […]

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Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

January 18, AD2018 2 Comments
Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

Victory over evil is a matter for rejoicing when something profound comes out of an otherwise heart-wrenching ordeal. By looking closely at every obstacle, struggle, and eventual victory in their lives, people have the ability to discover hope. Such examinations of their past can be an aid to faith for a fruitful future.  Most who […]

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40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

January 8, AD2018 0 Comments
40 Days for Life: A Transformation Process

During the 40 Days for Life efforts over the years, our Knights of Columbus Council provides 24-hour shifts outside an abortion clinic where we say Rosaries and other prayers for a continuing 24-hour vigil during the 40 days. This year, as is usually the case, I pulled an early morning hour shift (4:00 am). Being […]

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