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To Complete the Suffering of Christ

March 4, AD2015 0 Comments
To Complete the Suffering of Christ

“Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ’s afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church, of which I became a minister according to the divine office which was given to me for you, to make the word of God […]

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The Fifth Commandment: Standing Firm on Capital Punishment

March 2, AD2015 21 Comments
The Fifth Commandment: Standing Firm on Capital Punishment

From “Zola Levitt Ministries” “A sign of hope is the increasing recognition that the dignity of human life must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil. Modern society has the means of protecting itself, without definitively denying criminals the chance to reform. I renew the appeal I […]

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Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

March 2, AD2015 7 Comments
Facing Lent While Recovering From Anorexia

The fact that National Eating Disorders Awareness Week landed on the first week of Lent is rather ironic. During a Church season when people are giving up sweets or even meals, millions of people around the world are struggling with either overeating or restricting food. This time of the year, although a wonderful spiritual experience, […]

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Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

February 16, AD2015 14 Comments
Fifty Shades of Madness: No Gray Area Here

I can’t say it any better than the Dowager Countess of Grantham: Have we all stepped through the looking glass? Yes, I’m afraid that collectively, as a culture, we have indeed. We no longer seem to recognize the plainly absurd as absurd. Up is down; out is in; wrong is right; insane is normal. I […]

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50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

February 13, AD2015 2 Comments
50 Shades of Chastity and Saint Valentine

When I was a young adult, someone told me a somewhat off color joke. An elderly couple was peacefully sitting on their porch swing one evening. Lost in the serene spectacle of the setting sun, the husband was stunned when his wife smacked him harshly across the face. “Why did you do that?’ he burst […]

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St. Valentine and 50 Shades of Grey

February 11, AD2015 3 Comments
St. Valentine and <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>

What do St. Valentine, love and 50 Shades of Grey have in common? The fact that the movie is premiering on Valentine’s Day (or Sts. Cyril and Methodius day) and that many people will see it while on a date shows there is a little confusion about these concepts. For those in the Church, it […]

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The Rape Exception: Getting to the Roots of Abortion

January 26, AD2015 60 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 3 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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