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The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

January 26, AD2015 0 Comments
The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

Love him or hate him, Matt Walsh has a way of purposefully stating the obvious with a take no prisoners approach. I haven’t read many of his posts but Yes, I am Prolife Even in Cases of Rape and Incest. Here’s Why had me at the headline. I, too, share this sentiment and, as my […]

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The Necessary Virtue of Hope

January 24, AD2015 2 Comments
The Necessary Virtue of Hope

During any phase of transition, one hears quite a bit about the importance of the theological virtues of faith and love. One is counseled to have faith in God that He will bring the best result out of the situation, while being reminded to either love those also going through the transition along the way, […]

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Traffic Sucks! Or Does It Really?

January 21, AD2015 4 Comments
Traffic Sucks! Or Does It Really?

Earlier this evening, I decided to drive north on Colorado Boulevard during rush hour. I had to run a few errands along that route and didn’t think twice about the time. Soon enough I was crawling up the street, brake lights illuminated, stoplights changing before enough cars could make it through. I have things to […]

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The ELCA and Abortion

January 21, AD2015 3 Comments
The ELCA and Abortion

A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, “My real disaffection with the ELCA didn’t start with sex. It began in […]

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Lovers of Law and the Law of Love

January 16, AD2015 7 Comments
Lovers of Law and the Law of Love

There is no death on earth so severe as the death of the heart. There’s also nothing as beautiful on earth as living life to the fullest, embracing equally both joys and sorrows.  We see this so often in the lives of little children, whose little hearts are open and alive — and often far […]

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Balancing Culture and Christianity

January 9, AD2015 10 Comments
Balancing Culture and Christianity

Culture is a word with a depth of meaning – a mixture of pain, joy, pride, love, restriction, and tradition. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definitions include “the beliefs, customs, arts, etc., of a particular society, group, place, or time” and “a particular society that has its own beliefs, ways of life, art, etc.” […]

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The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

January 5, AD2015 5 Comments
The Forgotten Corporal Work of Mercy

My days were frantic preparing for a two-week trip to Turkey; before I left I had to have my home, kids, dog, and get everything at work prepared for my absence. I laid out extensive back-up plans at work since I am the only Perinatal Bereavement Nurse in my region. I thought I was ready […]

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How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

January 5, AD2015 2 Comments
How To Legally Beat Up A Little Sister

Remember when you saw a group gathered together on the school playground that surrounded a kid. You rushed over to them because it looked like something exciting was happening. You were not scared, because you were not the center of attention. You could be anomyous, except for the friends that might have been there. The […]

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Stealing God’s Job

January 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Stealing God’s Job

If you asked a typical Catholic, “Are you stealing God’s job?”, they would laugh out loud at such a ridiculous question and emphatically deny it.  I know I did.  Granted, the wording of this question is designed to shock. Yet the question is also meant to provoke self- examination.  After someone asked me this question, I […]

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It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

December 19, AD2014 8 Comments
It’s Not Yours! Christmas and Covetousness

Christmas shopping, menu planning, cookie exchanges, gift swaps, new TVs, new cars, new clothes … bells, carols, gold and glitter … snowflakes, tinsel and trees … these are all wonderful, happy things. We are still a country abundantly blessed, even in our hard economy. So, what’s been on my mind this Advent season are those […]

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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 12, AD2014 53 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward […]

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Love and Judgment

December 4, AD2014 21 Comments
Love and Judgment

Anyone with a Facebook account has probably seen the following quote at some point, most likely in meme form, along with a tagline from the poster that reads, “YES!”, or “Exactly!”, or “Why can’t Christians get this?”: Buddha wasn’t a Buddhist. Jesus wasn’t a Christian. Mohammad wasn’t a Muslim. They were teachers who taught love. […]

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Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

November 21, AD2014 4 Comments
Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

There is a popular story about a woman who had confessed the sin of gossip. For her penance she was told to go to the top of a nearby hill, pillow in hand, and cut it open. Shaking all the feathers into the wind, she had to go collect every last feather from the wilderness […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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Being One, Holy and Catholic

October 31, AD2014 13 Comments
Being One, Holy and Catholic

Holy People in Daily Life Several rolling, rural counties of Northeastern Ohio are home to the largest Amish community in the world. Ohioans are very accustomed to passing by buggies, bicyclists, plain white houses with black and purple laundry on the line, and horses — hundreds of horses, who do the work in this idyllic […]

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Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

October 29, AD2014 2 Comments
Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

It is not enough to be busy: so are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about? – Henry David Thoreau I recently took a couple of daylong drives into the mountains of Colorado. On the first excursion, I visited Estes Park, traveled down the Peak-to-Peak Highway, hiked at Brainard Lake and took […]

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The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

October 28, AD2014 8 Comments
The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

Where Senses Fail Without love, life would be miserable. Thankfully, we always have the love of God — every minute that we are alive, and whether it is tangible to us or not. The paths of life can sometimes be so dark that no light seems to permeate the blackness of sorrow, sickness, or despair. […]

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