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The Pro-choice Mantra is “Every Child, a Wanted Child.”

April 25, AD2015 3 Comments
The Pro-choice Mantra is “Every Child, a Wanted Child.”

Man, that implies so much. That those who survive the Rubicon of the womb, they were desired,while those who did not, were not. Except it isn’t true. If you look at this world, there are plenty of children who suffer from neglect, from abuse, from the long tentacles of pain of parents who for whatever […]

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Catholic Joy?

April 24, AD2015 8 Comments
Catholic Joy?

  Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a special gift given to a select few;  it is simply a by-product of living in God. However, when people think of a Catholic saint, the first image that comes to mind is a sad, pale, thin figure, often tortured and in pain, or looking […]

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The Complementarity of Justice and Mercy

April 21, AD2015 8 Comments
The Complementarity of Justice and Mercy

We have just celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday during the season of Easter, which can rightly be viewed as a season of mercy. Pope Francis has declared that the Church will celebrate a Jubilee Year of Mercy beginning December 8, 2015. Through both the rhythm of the liturgical calendar and the guidance of our Holy Father […]

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A Difficult Lent

April 15, AD2015 1 Comment
A Difficult Lent

“We had the experience but missed the meaning, / And approach to the meaning restores the experience / In a different form, beyond any meaning / We can assign to happiness” – T.S. Eliot For a few days, I watched the sun descend over the Point Loma Cliffs. Each day, roughly 30 minutes before sunset, […]

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A Catechesis on Emotions

April 10, AD2015 3 Comments
A Catechesis on Emotions

Have you ever wondered what emotions are for, and how they fit in with a life of faith and reflection? Emotions are important because they give texture to experience, even though at times we feel as though our emotions confound us or get in the way. Many believe that emotions are nothing more than a […]

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Who Is Deserving of Life and Love?

March 26, AD2015 4 Comments
Who Is Deserving of Life and Love?

If I were to tell you that I only love my blue-eyed children, what would you think? There would surely be well deserved outrage! What if God only loved those of us who were saints or we were obligated to only love those with whom we agree? How would the family fare if children only […]

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Give Praise to the Lord

March 19, AD2015 1 Comment
Give Praise to the Lord

It is Lent and no doubt, we are in the full swing of the things we said we would do or what we would give up during this season. I was thinking recently how praising God could be one of those things. How many times do you hear people say that they are giving up […]

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When You Fall Off The Wagon

March 18, AD2015 2 Comments
When You Fall Off The Wagon

“Yet even now – oracle of the Lord – return to me with your whole heart… For he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love” – Joel 2:12-13 David stood at the white board scribbling enthusiastically what he knew about setting goals. He drew flow charts and diagrams, arrows and measurable numbers. […]

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Is the World Overpopulated?

March 12, AD2015 9 Comments
Is the World Overpopulated?

I was flipping through an English textbook and there was a page about overpopulation in which it described the growing amount of people in the world, the lack of resources and solutions to this problem, namely “family planning”. Then there was a writing prompt for an essay on how to save the planet and limit […]

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To Complete the Suffering of Christ

March 4, AD2015 4 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 29 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 10 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 30 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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