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Trump is the Better Moral Choice

October 26, AD2016 19 Comments
Trump is the Better Moral Choice

By the time you read my next article, either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump will be elected to the office of President of the United States. That is a fact. Barring a major catastrophe, one of those two candidates will hold the highest office in the land, hold our temporal futures in their hand, and […]

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How the Religious Right Destroyed Itself

October 21, AD2016 33 Comments
How the Religious Right Destroyed Itself

The year 2016 will go into the history books as the year the Religious Right destroyed itself. Instead of trusting in the Lord, the Religious Right, fearful of the future and unwilling to accept an honorable defeat, bowed down in worship not so much to a golden calf as to a copper-toned ass. The Failure […]

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Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

October 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

For many of us, the national election continues to be problematic. While reservations concerning Trump remain, Hillary will be the demise of any hope we have for maintaining a semblance of ethical integrity. The recent changes in Trump are striking, not in the words he speaks, but in the allies he has cultivated. Fr. Richard Heilman […]

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Take Chesterton’s “Way of Wonder” to Jesus

August 29, AD2016 8 Comments
Take Chesterton’s “Way of Wonder” to Jesus

A great writer changes my life. G.K. Chesterton converted me (through Grace) to the Catholic Faith. Dale Ahlquist’s new book Way of Wonder: Wisdom from G.K. Chesterton is a masterful collection of rare quotes and excerpts from this titan of English literature. The chapter titles of his new book are not subjects we encounter much […]

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Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

August 9, AD2016 4 Comments
Euthanasia: When It’s Cruel to Be Kind

Death is as common as birth, obviously, but old age homes and palliative care facilities efficiently remove the dying from the public eye. Consequently, most modern folks are ignorant about the process of death and dying and would rather ignore the entire subject. No wonder euthanasia is gaining acceptance. No need to worry about the […]

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Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

August 4, AD2016 18 Comments
Bad Moral Theologians (BMTs)

There are evil things that some people really, really want to do. There are some people who not only want to do evil things but also want to be justified in doing them. They want others to say their evil deeds would be good. So, what to do if you are one of them? What if you […]

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Life Well Ended: Part II

July 23, AD2016 2 Comments
Life Well Ended: Part II

Suffering is a Reality… When Perceived as Such Since its premiere a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of discussion of the film Me Before You, an adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes.  For those who do not know, the plot revolves around a man named Will Traynor who was left a […]

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Life Well Ended: Part 1

July 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Life Well Ended: Part 1

Perversion Inherent in Me Before You Since its premiere a few weeks ago, there has been a lot of discussion of the film Me Before You, an adaptation of the novel by Jojo Moyes.  For those who do not know, the plot revolves around a man named Will Traynor who was left a quadriplegic by […]

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“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

July 5, AD2016 4 Comments
“Keeping Our Eyes Fixed On Jesus”

“Let us…persevere in running the race that lies before us while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus…” (Hebrews 12:2) Sometimes, it may seem as though I’m running a race, as I hustle from one floor to another, doing aide work in our assisted living-type facility. St. Anne’s Guest Home (where I work) is home to […]

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Planned Parenthood Videos Haunted Me–Still Do

July 3, AD2016 8 Comments
Planned Parenthood Videos Haunted Me–Still Do

When I first saw The Center for Medical Progress‘ Planned Parenthood videos one year ago this week, I was nauseated. I turned away again and again, saying, “Oh my God!” I didn’t want to see any more, but I forced myself to watch. There are some things a man just has to do, such as […]

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Serving the World through Our Children

May 22, AD2016 0 Comments
Serving the World through Our Children

Relaxation takes many forms. From exercising, to reading a good book, to sitting on the beach watching a beautiful sunset. There are wonderful ways to unwind in our lives. Since the birth of the newest addition to our family, I have now found a new one – giving a bottle. There is something rewarding about […]

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Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

May 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Pregnant With Cancer: A Miracle

My experience of being pregnant with cancer is that being pro-life is not a death sentence for a pregnant woman with cancer or her unborn child. Many cite “life of the mother” as a reason for abortion. Many of the times “life of the mother” is cited, abortion is not in the woman’s best interest. Research has shown […]

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How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

April 26, AD2016 12 Comments
How Often Does Rape Actually Result in Pregnancy?

“I wonder how many cases of rape actually result in a pregnancy?” Most women these days take the Pill anyhow.” This question was asked after a Facebook posting which stated that American Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, ‘absolutely’ wants the Republican Party Platform to include rape, incest, and life of the mother exceptions. This line of […]

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Anne de Gaulle

April 21, AD2016 1 Comment
Anne de Gaulle

Charles de Gaulle could be a very frustrating man.  Churchill, in reference to de Gaulle, said that the heaviest cross he had to bear during the war was the Cross of Lorraine, the symbol of the Free French forces. Arrogant, autocratic, often completely unreasonable, de Gaulle was all of these. However, there is no denying that he was also […]

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How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

April 18, AD2016 6 Comments
How Theology of the Body Impacted My Life

Although I have not really studied Theology of the Body written by Pope John Paul II in 1984, one single paragraph, quoted in our Catholic paper decades ago, shaped my entire life.   My husband and I read a life-changing article thirty-two years ago when we were on a rare date night for our sixth wedding anniversary. Parents of […]

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Defying Abortion Logic: A Prolife Teen Experience

April 8, AD2016 12 Comments
Defying Abortion Logic: A Prolife Teen Experience

Relying “on the well-worn argument of pro-abortion activists that women need abortion and contraception to succeed in life” Wendy Davis spoke to students at Catholic (?) University of Notre Dame. Entitled “Rising Up: From Single Mother to Harvard Law, How Every Woman Stands to Make a Difference,” Davis’s talk promoted the well-worn argument that women need […]

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Body-Positive Catholicism

March 15, AD2016 12 Comments
Body-Positive Catholicism

I was a nerd, not a jock, a little flabby but not obese, interested in the brain more than the body, catching my breath after a few flights of stairs, thinking this was the way to live Catholicism. I saw the problem with society’s ideal model: a self-starvation woman with liposuction, plastic surgery, a facelift, make up […]

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Being Pro-Life When it Isn’t Easy

March 6, AD2016 22 Comments
Being Pro-Life When it Isn’t Easy

I held the pregnancy testing stick in my hand, praying not to see the second line but I didn’t have to look down to know it would be there. I’d been here before in other surprise pregnancies; my body and heart already told me what my mind could not grasp. We’d already had our “last” child. […]

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Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 19 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

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The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

January 27, AD2016
The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

Tens of thousands of pro-life supporters marched once again marched through the streets of Washington D.C. in the 43rd annual March for Life. An impending blizzard kept the numbers down from the usual hundreds of thousands, but it was still an impressive force. Some may look with dismay at the fact that the March for […]

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A March for Life, A March of Hope

January 15, AD2016 1 Comment
A March for Life, A March of Hope

January 22 marks the 43rd anniversary of the tragic legalization of abortion on demand in our country via two Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton. For the forty-third year, hundreds of thousands will be gathering in our nation’s capital to urge our elected officials to end the senseless killing of unborn […]

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Three Kings and a Baby

December 31, AD2015 2 Comments
Three Kings and a Baby

Behind the humble majesty of Christmas, we find three powerful reminders of the sacredness of love, and life, in the core of our faith. We have just celebrated the feasts of the Holy Family and the Holy Innocents, and we are headed for the feast of the Epiphany, wherein we commemorate the journey and adoration […]

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The Year of Mercy and the Gospel of Life

December 19, AD2015 3 Comments
The Year of Mercy and the Gospel of Life

On April 11, 2015, Pope Francis declared a Jubilee Year of Mercy in Misericordiae vultus. When one thinks of mercy, particularly in the context of our Catholic faith, forgiveness and the Sacrament of Confession come to mind. Something deeper, however, is going on. At its core, this Jubilee Year of Mercy focuses us on restoring our […]

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Robert Lewis Dear Isn’t Pro-Life (Pro-Life = Pro-ALL-Life)

December 4, AD2015 1 Comment
Robert Lewis Dear Isn’t Pro-Life (Pro-Life = Pro-ALL-Life)

Last Saturday, Robert Lewis Dear went into a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs and committed an anti-life crime. He killed 3 people and injured 9 more with his gun. His actions were the very antithesis of everything the name “pro-life” stands for: he was killing people intentionally, violently and without justification, at least according […]

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