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We are united as obedient, authentically faithful Catholics. The views and opinions expressed by one columnist does not necessarily reflect the collective policy or position of Catholic Stand as a whole.

Abigail Reimel

Abigail C. Reimel is a budding Catholic author in love with her faith. Though her more immediate dreams include successfully completing college and securing an editing position, she ultimately hopes to live in a little beach house with her future family while writing books that present "the good, the true, and the beautiful" to the young adult generation in an exciting way. She has been published in the St. Austin Review and hopes to be published many more times in the future. She adores living by the ocean, but traded salty winds for mountain air to attend Christendom College, where she is majoring in English.

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Latest Post: Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

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Anabelle Hazard

Anabelle Hazard is a practicing Catholic, non-practicing attorney, learning homeschooler, penniless novelist (of Catholic novels “Written in the Sand and Stars” & “Fireflies Dance”), and unpredictable blogger at Written By the Finger of God.

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Latest Post: Book Review: Is ‘The Kiss of Jesus’ Right for You?

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Anne DeSantis

Anne has a heart for bringing the love and joy of the Lord to all through uplifting and inspiring writings which she hopes will draw others to experience God's love in a greater way. She is a wife and the mother of two daughters whom she has homeschooled for many years. Her background is in education and in fitness, and she has embarked on a new career in recent years in 50+ modeling and acting. Bringing a smile, a laugh and encouragement to others through her writings, her prayers and her life are among her favorite things. She hopes to inspire her readers to make a difference for God by loving more and reaching out to those in need and having eyes open enough to see how God is working in each and every person. She believes that through prayer and the perseverance of Christ, all can be accomplished through God's will and the Holy Spirit. Anne loves her Catholic faith and the gifts of the Sacraments of the Church which give her strength. She recognizes that the word "catholic" means "universal", and the universal love of God is the gift we offer to all people.

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Latest Post: Three Catholic Men, Their Music and Mercy.

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Annie Deddens

Annie is a Catholic wife and writer. She used to broadcast the news as a TV producer, but now she broadcasts prayers. She works from home on a prayer ministry she and her husband run, Pray More Novenas. They pray one or two novenas together each month with more than 140,000 people around the world. She also writes at Catholic Wife, Catholic Life. She and her husband live in Dayton, Ohio.

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Latest Post: Living Out The Year of Mercy At Home

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Anthony S. Layne

Born in Albuquerque, N. Mex., and raised in Omaha, Nebr., Anthony S. Layne served briefly in the U.S. Marine Corps, and attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha as a sociology major while holding a variety of jobs. Tony was a "C-and-E Catholic" until, while defending the Faith during the scandals of 2002, he discovered the beauty of Catholic orthodoxy. He currently lives in Denton, Texas, works in the home-mortgage industry in Dallas, participates in his parish's Knights of Columbus council, and bowls poorly on Sunday nights. Along with Catholic Stand, he also contributes to New Evangelization Monthly and occasionally writes for his own blogs, Outside the Asylum and The Impractical Catholic.

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Latest Post: How Should We Honor Our Elderly Parents?

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Autumn Jones

Autumn Jones writes often about her lived experiences, the people she meets and the places she finds inspiration. She strives to live out Christ's mission in her every day life. Autumn is a digital content editor for a public university in Colorado. She freelances for the National Catholic Register, American Cowboy magazine and various university publications. She tweets @faithful_writer and blogs at The Faithful Writer regularly.

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Latest Post: To Love Is To Keep Moving Forward

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Birgit Jones

Birgit is a 50-something cradle Catholic who is passionate about the pro-life movement. She has been married to her Catholic convert husband, Rick, for 40 years. They have four children and nine living grandchildren (all age twelve and under). Their frequent visits eliminate any fear of an empty nest! Birgit can also be found on her personal blog Designs By Birgit and Facebook fan page Designs By Birgit, where she shares the pro-life memes she creates.

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Latest Post: Crucifix or Cross? Why the Difference Matters

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Bob Drury

Bob Drury is retired. He has been fascinated with the reasonableness of the Faith since his junior year in high school in the mid-20th century for which the religion text was entitled, "Faith and Reason". That fascination has continued throughout his education in philosophy, math and science. In his essays he hopes to share that fascination with others. Read more at his website, They Have No Wine.

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Latest Post: Are Creatures Created?

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Cecily Lowe

Cecily G. Lowe is a senior majoring in History at a Catholic college she dearly loves. Though completing her first poem around the age of eight, she never thought she would end up a writer… until now! For everything she accomplishes, she is grateful to her supportive friends and to the Holy Trinity. When she isn’t praying, studying, or writing, she can be found criticizing the thinking of the Enlightenment, singing under her breath, and joyfully befuddling those nearest her by spouting off random movie quotes.

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Latest Post: The Reality—or Lack Thereof—of Time Travel

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Charlie Johnson

Charlie hails from the deep green, southern reaches of Birmingham, Alabama. Inspired by Catholic thinkers to re-write his Reformed-Protestant view of the world, he fell head over heels for the Catholic Faith and entered the Church in January of 2015. He is soon to wed a lovely gal from Florida and hopes to populate the earth with as many exuberant, Catholic children as he can. You can find him writing at CatholicJuice.com.

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Latest Post: Refugees: “A Shameful Wound of Our Time”?

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Christina Weber

Christina Weber teaches Catholic Women Entrepreneurs how to confidently do God's will by unpacking messages and patterns that block them from earning more money in less time while embracing their many roles in life. Jumpstart your biz and life success with her complimentary special report, “12 Things You Can Do Today To Earn More in Less Time,” by clicking here.

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Latest Post: Are Your Headed For A Breakthrough Or A Breakdown?

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Cynthia Millen

After marrying her husband, Jim Roberts, in 1980, Cynthia Millen graduated from law school, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and practiced in Ohio for a short while. Excited about having a large family, Jim and Cindy were blessed more quickly than expected with the birth of five children in four years (two set of twins). Her love for reading and writing grew into the publication of several children's books (under the name C. M. Millen), poems and short stories (including a 2014 Tuscany prize winner). Millen earned her Masters in Literature from Trinity College, Dublin, and relishes the teaching (and learning) of reading, writing, and grammar with middle school students at Christ the King School in Toledo, Ohio. Most of all, she treasures attending Mass there with wonderful parishioners and truly marvelous priests.

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Latest Post: The Most Holy Rosary: Our Simple Breviary (Part 1)

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Colleen McCrum

I'm a sophomore majoring in English at Christendom College in the beautiful Front Royal, Virginia. I am on the basketball team, involved in Students for Life, Shield of Roses, the Rambler, and love reading, writing, and having adventures on the side!

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Latest Post: Lourdes: Bittersweet and Beautiful

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Cullen Herout

Cullen is a husband, father, writer, and lover of Truth. He has a Mental Health Practitioner License in the state of Nebraska, and has years of experience working with persons struggling with mental illness and addiction. For the past four years, he has also been involved with Rachel's Vineyard ministry for post-abortive women, serving as the counselor for their weekend retreats. Cullen is a regular contributor at The Blaze, Live Action News, and Catholic Stand. He has a passion for writing about pro-life issues, Marriage, fatherhood, and building a culture of life. He lives in the midwest with his wife and two sons.

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Latest Post: Belief Is Hard, But Nothing Makes Sense Without God

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Dan Byron

Dan and his bride, his gift from God, have been married over 50 years, and they have recently moved to East TN to reduce the distance to family. He is a 4th degree Knight, is active in the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and several other ministries. He has been listed in the "Who's Who Directory of Global Business Leaders".

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Latest Post: Mary Cannot be Divine, Can She?

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David Roney

David converted to Catholicism at the age of nine days, but finally immersed himself into his faith a few decades later. He takes his vocation as a single dad seriously, despite having what he claims is a sense of humor. When he's not parenting and driving his kids 5000 miles per day to & from school/soccer/football/other, he is selling Arizona real estate, volunteering at various Catholic charities, studying his faith, and writing. David is a member of the Order of Malta Auxiliary, and a 3rd Degree Knight of Columbus. He attends Mass almost daily, loves the outdoors, and is a cancer survivor.

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Latest Post: Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

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David Torkington

David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. He was educated at the Franciscan Study Centre, England, and the National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, Hatch End, London where he was later appointed to the post of Dean of Studies. He was extra mural lecturer in Mystical Theology at the Dominican University in Rome (The Angelicum). His personal spirituality is predominantly Franciscan, and his Mystical Theology Carmelite, all welded together with a solid blend of Benedictine moderation. He has sold over 200,000 books in more than twelve different languages. His book ‘Wisdom from the Western Isles’ teaches the reader how to pray, from the very beginning to what St Teresa of Avila calls the Mystical Marriage. His personal conviction is that there is only one way forward for the serious searcher who wishes to be transformed into Christ in this life, and that is, in the words of St Teresa of Avila, “There is only one way to perfection and that is to pray. If anyone points in another direction then they are deceiving you.”

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Latest Post: Prayer – How to get started

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Dawn Carpenter

Dawn Carpenter is a banker with the heart of a teacher and scholar. She is a veteran of Wall Street who studies what Christian theology has to tell us about the nature and value of work and the responsibilities of wealth. Using the experience of her nearly 25 year banking career, Ms. Carpenter serves as a founding Advisory Board member to the School of Business and Economics at Catholic University of America, chairman of the Investment Committee and member of the Finance Committee of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Black and Indian Mission, and as the Co-Chair of the Advisory Board of DC Habitat for Humanity. Ms. Carpenter is currently working toward a doctorate in Liberal Studies at Georgetown University where her research interest is the intersection of philosophy, theology, business and work. She has previously earned a M.A. in systematic theology from the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College, a M.P.M. in public finance from the University of Maryland, and a M.A./B.A. in political science from American University. Ms. Carpenter and her family reside in Washington, DC.

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Latest Post: Answering the Call to Work

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Denise J. Hunnell, MD

Denise's vocation is being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Her occupation has wound its way through being a practicing family physician to studying Catholic health care ethics to writing and teaching about all things Catholic. She is a fellow with Human Life International and regularly contributes to the HLI Truth & Charity Forum. She also writes a monthly column for Zenit.org. She and her husband John have been married for thirty years and have lived all over the United States, courtesy of John's Air Force career. They are now settled in the suburbs of Northern Virginia and blessed with four children and three grandchildren (so far).

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Latest Post: The Evolution of Mercy in the Pro-Life Movement

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Diane McKelva

Diane is an American creative non-fiction writer and essayist, producing stories that compel her readers to challenge their potential in life. She frequently examines issues surrounding moral and ethical dilemmas, injustice, conflicts within humanity, and resilience of the human spirit. Diane has over 30 years of experience writing, editing and producing marketing collateral for major corporations, small businesses and country music artists. She is currently working to complete her first book of historical fiction - to be released in late 2016.  Retired as the Editor in Chief, Diane now serves as the Executive Editor offering mentoring support. Read more about Diane here.

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Latest Post: A Christmas Message From Catholic Stand

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 30 years. Small town lawyer. President of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center. Easily amused as demonstrated by the fact that he blogs for amusement.

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Latest Post: The Almighty Has His Own Purposes

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Felix Whelan

Felix Whelan is both a Catholic convert and a revert, having entered the faith in the '80s, fallen away, and found his way "home to Rome" in 2010. In addition to blogging at Catholic In My Write Mind, he also writes novels, poetry, non-fiction, and even (co-authored with his lovely wife, Carol Ann) vegan and vegetarian cookbooks.

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Latest Post: Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

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Fr. Matthew Schneider, LC

We love Jesus because he loved us first. Fr. Matthew wants to help you experience Jesus and become his apostle. He is a priest with the Legionaries of Christ ordained in 2013, and lives in the Washington DC metro area where he studies at STL and helps out with a few ministries. Fr. Matthew is also one of the top priests on social media with over 35,000 Twitter followers. Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Fr. Matthew has worked throughout North America.

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Latest Post: Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

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Gabriel Garnica

Gabriel Garnica has been an educator for over 30 years and a Catholic and conservative writer for over half that time. He is presently a columnist for RenewAmerica.us and FamilySecurityMatters.org and is proud and honored to bring his contributions to CatholicStand. Although he is both a licensed attorney and has a counseling degree, Gabriel is excited about his new career effort as a life and business coach. He shares his insights and perspectives on faith at Deus Solus and hopes to add a life coaching blog and website in the near future as well. Gabriel has a J.D. from New York University and a M.S. Ed. in counseling from Fordham University.

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Latest Post: Divine Mercy as The Perfect Antidote to The Self-Hate of Sin

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Guy McClung, J.D., Ph.D.

Guy McClung lives with his wife of 42+ years in San Antonio TX where he practices patent law, helping inventors develop and patent their inventions. Guy has a Ph.D. in Philosophy of Law from Rice University and a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School. Following two stints in the seminary with the missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, total 5 years, he came to the realization that God was not calling him to that type of vowed obedience; so he left the seminary and got married. Seven children and eleven grandchildren later, he decided to try to write some words that would convey his thanks to God almighty for blessing after blessing after blessing.

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Latest Post: St Paul: The Original Theology of the Body

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H. L. Duncan

H.L. Duncan is a senior citizen widower in his 8th decade of life (70s) who was married for 36 years to his only wife Jill. He lives on 40 acres of the Great Basin Desert in an owner built solar powered home. He has three children who have left the nest and are now too far away. After an Episcopalian childhood, his teen years brought on the disease of agnosticism with occasional bouts of atheism. He entered the Church in 2010 and says he has felt at home ever since. His working life included Forest Fire Truck Driver, Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa building schools, Motion Picture Cameraman in industrial films and while in the U.S. Army, production assistant to a Producer in Hollywood, Professional Still Photographer, Photo Lab Technician, Postal Service Letter Carrier, Computer Systems Analyst in business and government, Computer Consulting, Owner of an Internet business, Web site creation. His educational background is mostly self directed reading and experiential but does include; A graduate of the London School of Film Technique, London, England, AA degree in Business Data Processing with an additional course in accounting, Seminars and technical classes. He now spends his days in local parish church work and Right to Life groups, Internet conversations with new friends and old enemies of the Church.

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Latest Post: Pray For Me: Understanding Pope Francis

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James Hooper

James Hooper is a lifelong Catholic, and is blessed with a wonderful wife and child. Jim was was graced with a profound reversion experience in 2011, with a strong calling to know God, obey His Church, and spread the Gospel to seeking souls. His evangelical outreach has focused on online apologetics, street evangelization, and communications strategies. Jim is a team leader for Saint Paul Street Evangelization in Downtown St. Louis and Belleville, IL, and the Director of Communications for St. Mary of Victories Church in St. Louis. Jim is a fervent supporter of the Covenant Catholic Radio Network in St. Louis (http://covenantnet.net), and has evangelized on the air several times. Professionally, Jim is the Leader of a Business Architecture team at a large Catholic Health Ministry. He has a Master of Science Degree in Management Information Systems from Saint Louis University, and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

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Latest Post: False Extremes Part 1: The Case of the Missing “Both-And”

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Jamey Brown

Converted in 2007—the greatest day of my life—by the miracle of EWTN. Off the drink and drugs for 17 years—by the grace of God. Bible Study group leader and guitar player 5 years. RCIA assistant leader 2 years. Former atheist and then a crystal-gazing New Ager. Former musician (guitar) raised in Indiana, now I use the big bucks I make writing Catholic blogs to finance my dream of driving a cab in New York City.

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Latest Post: Planned Parenthood Doctor: “I Really Liked Babies, Believe It or Not.”

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JoAnna Wahlund

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, three saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 13 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at www.catholicworkingmother.com and more sporadically at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Latest Post: How Does the Pope “Force” Me to Have Children?

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John C. Connell

Author of the non-fiction titles: Catholics Mean Business & Catholics Have Courage, and the Novella - Eyewitness! A practising Catholic concerned with building bridges, not walls, with people from all walks of life, speaker, business grad from the school of hard knocks and book lover, John uses his outlook and experience to reach, encourage, motivate and "nurture the soul at work."

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Latest Post: The Best Description of God, EVER!

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John McNichol

John McNichol is a Catholic, Husband, Father, Teacher, Writer and Speaker living in the Pacific NorthWest. He is the author of three published novels: Books 1 and 2 in the Young Chesterton Chronicles series ('The Tripods Attack!', and 'The Emperor of North America'), as well 'The King's Gambit', an adventure novel for the 9-12 year old crowd. Email John to have him as a speaker at your parish or event!

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Latest Post: Whatever Else Francis Is, He Is The Pope

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Julie Machado

Julie Machado is a 29-year-old Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal to study theology. She now lives there, along with the rest of her family, her husband and her baby girl. She believes the greatest things in life are small and hidden and that the extraordinary is in the ordinary. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.

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Latest Post: Homeschooling and Over-schooling

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Karen Reep

Karen Reep is a Catholic wife and mother to six children. She lives in a small town in southern Kansas. She teaches catechism to the tenth grade girls of her local parish. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and running.

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Latest Post: Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

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Kari Curran

Kari is a wife, mother and homeschooler who passionately promotes the glorious vocation of being a mother with honesty, humility and hilarity. She completed her B.S. in Education at the Franciscan University of Steubenville, spent a year teaching as a missionary in Nicaragua, completed her M.A. in Educational Leadership along with a Certificate in Special Education. She taught for nine years at the grade school and high school levels in both public and Catholic schools before God blessed her with children. Since then, Kari has used her educational gifts in her home to raise her kids while also homeschooling some of them. Kari is a weekly co-host with Tom on his radio program, Sound Insight, and also speaks with Tom at conferences and retreats on themes of marriage and family life.

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Latest Post: Overwhelmed? You Bet, But I Wouldn’t Miss It for the World

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Kevin Aldrich

Kevin lives with his wife and seven children in Springfield, IL. He is heading an initiative to create a K-8 theology of the body curriculum for Catholic schools through Ruah Woods in Cincinnati. In his free time he writes screenplays, TV pilots, novels, and non-fiction books and articles. His homiletic lectionary-based blog is Doctrinal Homily Outlines. He is also pursing a MA in Theology at Holy Apostles College and Seminary via distance learning.

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Latest Post: The Natural Desire for God

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Kevin Symonds

Kevin Symonds was born and raised in Massachusetts. He attended Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio where he obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Theology with emphasis in the classical languages. He has published Internet and magazine articles and resides in Texas. His first book, "Refractions of Light: 201 Answers on Apparitions, Visions and the Catholic Church" is now available at Amazon.

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Latest Post: A Year of Living Like Paul

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Lilla Marie Lottinger

Lilla Marie is a contemplative, semi-hermit with Missionaries of Our Mother of the Eucharist, a small non-profit Corporation. She studied journalism at LSU, worked in print media and then worked in Hollywood amidst the movie industry for a short time before a reversion to the faith through our Heavenly Mother. She entered the consecrated life in 1990. She founded MOME in 2004 in response to a burning in her heart to draw Catholics to an awareness of the "Goldmine" of graces available to us. Her special emphasis is fostering a deep union of life with our Divine Eucharistic Bridegroom and our Immaculate Mother; thus aiding in living ever-more wholeheartedly our Baptismal Vows which is intimacy of life with our Triune God. Lilla Marie has been formed in Pope St. John Paul II's Theology of the Body and Inner-Healing prayer ministry.

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Marsh Fightlin

Marsh Fightlin is a husband, a father, a father-in-law and a grandfather. These relationships are at the center of his life and he enjoys them immensely. For the rest, his interests are shaped by his academic background: He is a licensed psychologist and has a licentiate in theology. He is a staff psychologist at a mental health clinic and operates a telephone consult service (www.catholicpsychconsult.com). His approach to his work is mostly shaped by Thomistic psychology, a dash of Freud, and a large dose of common sense. His theological interests are "catholic" and he's especially interested in Scripture study, The Summa of Aquinas, and the writings of JPII and BXVI. He is also an incurable film-watcher. With help from Act One of Hollywood, he has written a screenplay and his dream is to have it produced. He enjoys good food, particularly Italian and the Jewish deli kind. Two of his grandchildren are teenage boys. He regularly discusses issues ranging from deep mysteries of the Faith to the back stories to the latest super-hero flicks with them. He says he has a lot to learn.

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Latest Post: Whole Food and Sex: Is Contraception “Processed Sex”?

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Matthew James Christoff

Matthew James Christoff is a Catholic convert. He is the founder of The New Emangelization Project (NewEmangelization.com) which is committed to confront the Catholic "man-crisis" and to develop new ardor, methods and expressions for the re-evangelization of Catholic men. Matthew is also a co-founder of CatholicManNight (CatholicManNight.com), a parish-based men's evangelization effort that has drawn thousands of Catholic men into Eucharistic Adoration, Confession, fellowship and lively discussion. Matthew lives in Minnesota with his beautiful bride (and childhood sweetheart); they have 4 adult children, 3 "in-law" children and two grandchildren.

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Latest Post: Men Must Know Jesus Christ

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Melanie Jean Juneau

Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.

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Latest Post: Purgatory, Unresolved Grief & Freedom in Christ

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Michael Lane

Michael is a Texan living in self-inflicted exile as he finishes his PhD. in the history of early modern Britain. After completing his undergraduate degree at Baylor (Sic 'em!!), he decided his faith life needed re-evaluating and reinvigorating. He quickly realized that spiritual growth is a life long affair and not a quick fix. This created a thirst for a deep knowledge of the faith and a desire to share every nugget with others who may benefit. Michael is addicted to movies and books and enjoys quality time with friends and family.

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Latest Post: Lord, Open My Lips and I Shall Yawn

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Mike Eisenbath

Mike Eisenbath has been married to Donna for 30 years; they have four adult children and two grandsons. He was an award-winning sportswriter for 23 years, including 18 at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with duties that included covering the St. Louis Cardinals and Major League Baseball. Severe depression forced him out of that career. He continues to write, with a monthly column in the St. Louis Review, his www.eisenbath.com website and several Catholic websites featuring reflections on topics such as his faith and mental illness. Mike is a frequent speaker on those subjects and among his three books is “Hence My Eyes Are Turned Toward You: Confronting Depression With Faith and the Prayer of Jehoshaphat.”

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Latest Post: All People Are Walking Tabernacles Of Grace

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Nicholas Senz

Nicholas Senz is a husband and father who tries every day to live Galatians 2:20: "It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me." He is a managing editor at Catholic Stand, a Master Catechist for the Diocese of Sacramento, and the Faith Formation Coordinator for St. Joseph Catholic Church in Rio Vista, CA. A native of Verboort, Oregon, Nicholas holds master's degrees in philosophy and theology from the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA. His work has appeared at Crisis Magazine, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, and his own blog, Two Old Books. Nicholas is a science fiction afficianado, Tolkien devotee, avid Anglophile, and consumer of both police procedurals and popcorn in large quantities, usually together.

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Latest Post: A New Stripping of the Altars?

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Patrick Malone

Patrick Malone has a BA (Honours) in English from Campion College at the University of Regina, where he was involved with various Catholic student groups and contributed to the student newspaper The Carillon. He loves the works of Pope Benedict XVI, Terrence Malick, and Cormac McCarthy.

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Paul Senz

Paul Senz is a graduate student at the University of Portland, in Oregon, earning a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry. He has recently written for Catholic Exchange and the Oregon Encyclopedia. Paul lives in Oregon with his wife and children.

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Latest Post: The Glorious Mysteries of the Holy Rosary

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Pete Socks

Pete Socks is a converted Catholic still learning the faith after 19 years. He continues to learn the riches of our Faith through books. The passion to read has led to his ministry as a book reviewer for leading Catholic publishers. You can find his reviews, author interviews and weekly giveaways at The Catholic Book Blogger (www.catholicbookblogger.com). He hopes to take what he finds between the covers of books and share insightful topics with the audience here at Catholic Stand. When not reading and writing Pete is the happily married father of five working his way through life in rural PA.

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Latest Post: The Incredible Journey of a Satanist to Pro-Life Warrior

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Peter Lyons

Peter Anselm Lyons is a homeschooled high school student with a penchant for Liturgical Theology and Apologetics. He is an enthusiastic chess player, and is studying the Great Books of Western Civilization, Thomistic philosophy, and the writings of Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Peter is looking seriously at seminary formation, and enjoys competitive volleyball in his spare time.

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Latest Post: Discernment through Experience

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Rachel Motte

Rachel Motte is a freelance writer, journalist and editor whose writing has appeared at CNN.com, in Eagle Forum's Education Reporter, at EvangelicalOutpost.com, in Jonah Goldberg’s 2010 anthology, Proud to Be Right, and in numerous other print and internet publications. She is an alumna of Biola University, the Torrey Honors Institute, the Leadership Institute, and the World Journalism Institute. She was received into the Catholic Church in 2014.

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Ray Sullivan

Retired engineer from Texas, because the cowboy thing on the ranch growing up didn't work out. Actually rode the Vomit Comet at NASA in Houston once, being totally weightless for 20 minutes! Married with two kids and Vinnie the Wonder Dog. I love the Church and what it stands for. Without the sacraments, I am nothing.

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Latest Post: Answering the Two Reformation Solas

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Sarah Huntzinger

Sarah is a wife and mother with a passion for dark roast coffee sipped at sunrise in the company of her husband, and the family’s 90-pound English Labrador Retriever (who thinks he is a lap dog). She has a degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado. As a 3rd grader, she dreamed of becoming a lawyer. She declined law school admission to embrace the joys and trials of stay-at-home motherhood. It was then that she rediscovered her Catholic faith, and began her journey as a writer. Her primary writing interests are apologetics, Saint JP II’s Christian anthropology, and married and family life.

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Latest Post: St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

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Scott Eric Alt

Scott Eric Alt is a Catholic convert and blogger. He has an M.A. in English literature (1998) from Southern Illinois University, and in a past life taught introductory college composition and literature. In 2011, after many years of Protestant church-hopping, he was received into the Catholic Church. He is a Third Degree Knight of Columbus and Benedictine oblate of St. Meinrad Archabbey. He currently lives near Cincinnati, Ohio, and blogs mainly about apologetics here.

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Latest Post: Does the Pope Really Think Jesus Sinned?

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Dr. Stacy Trasancos, PhD

Stacy Trasancos has a PhD in Chemistry from Penn State University and a MA in Dogmatic Theology from Holy Apostles College and Seminary, is a chemistry and physics instructor for Kolbe Academy, adjunct professor at Holy Apostles, and author of Science Was Born of Christianity: The Teaching of Fr. Stanley L. Jaki. Most of her time is devoted to raising her youngest five children, and worrying about her two oldest, with her husband in a 100-year old restored mountain lodge in the Adirondack mountains. Interact with her on Facebook or Twitter. Visit her website.

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Latest Post: A Woman Changed by Grace

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Steffani Jacobs

Steffani is a wife, a mother, and a devoted Catholic. She has written for various publications, both print and online. Previously, she was an editor and writer for a military history magazine. She holds a B.A. from DeSales University in English and Communications. Steffani has a deep appreciation and love for good rhetoric. Always searching for a deeper understanding of Truth, she has never backed down from a good debate or discussion.

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Latest Post: How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

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Stephanie H. To

Stephanie To has worked for the Archdiocese of St. Louis's Respect Life Apostolate since 2014. Previously, she was a litigation attorney in a mid-sized law firm in St. Louis for nearly six years. She holds a B.A. in psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, a M.A. in bioethics and health policy from Loyola University in Chicago, and a J.D. with certificates in health law and health care ethics from Saint Louis University. In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys playing the violin and singing in her parish choir.

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Latest Post: Seeking God in Our Disappointment

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Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg

Steven Jonathan Rummelsburg is a Catholic convert, husband, father, Catholic writer and speaker on matters of Faith, culture, and education. He teaches, theology, philosophy and Church history at Holy Spirit Prep in Atlanta. Steven is a member of the Teacher Advisory Board and writer of curriculum at the Sophia Institute for Teachers, a contributor to the Integrated Catholic Life, Crisis Magazine, The Civilized Reader, The Standard Bearers, The Imaginative Conservative and Catholic Exchange.

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Latest Post: Gender Theory and Sexual Confusion

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Strahlen Smith

Strahlen is a single mom of five boys. The fifth little guy was a surprise pregnancy and her husband left suddenly in the middle of it for a woman he met on Facebook. The next few years would bring financial, emotional, and spiritual challenges beyond her imagining, but they would also bring a faith she never knew existed. Strahlen hopes to reach out to other divorced and hurting Catholics and let them know there is Hope and Love in the Catholic church. Today, she and her five sons work hard for everything that comes their way, but they are also successful, happy, and faithful. They enjoy camping, sports, and (highly competitive) board games. And if you're wondering about that last little Baby Boy - He is a bundle of giggles and goofiness. He is such a gift to his mother and brothers and he constantly proves that God's plans are greater than our own! Check out more of their story at Single Mom Smiling.

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Latest Post: Divorce: A Time for New Beginnings

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Susan Anne

A cradle Catholic, Susan was born and raised in eastern Ohio where she attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Afterwards, she moved to the greater D.C. area, and attended Christendom College. It was there that she gained knowledge of Church Doctrine, teachings of the Fathers, and Tradition. Residing in rural New Hampshire, Susan is a full-time homeschooling mother to ten beautiful children.

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Latest Post: Showing Christian Love in a World Gone Mad

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Tammy Ruiz Ziegler, RN CPLC

Tammy Ruiz Ziegler has been a Nurse for 30 years and spent most of her career in Neonatal Intensive Care. For 10 years, she has been a Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator - caring for women and families suffering miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death and SIDS. Part of her work involves assisting parents in preparing for births when the baby has received the diagnosis of a life limiting condition (often called "Perinatal Hospice"). In addition to her Nursing education, she studied (but did not become certified in) Clinical Pastoral Education at a Catholic Hospital in the midwest. She has been on EWTN and speaks regularly to Physicians & Nurses on the topic of perinatal loss care. Her work has been translated into Polish, Spanish, Czech, French, Italian & Japanese. Her career was both fragmented and enhanced by having 14 different jobs because of moves for her husband who was an active duty Officer in the USMC. She has 3 quasi-adult children and one super-cute grandchild. A convert to the Catholic Church, she was widowed after 26 years of marriage but recently married a man she met when they were both children.

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Latest Post: “God Is So Dope”: Learning About Social Justice From a Young Catholic Worker

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Thomas Curran

Tom is a husband, father, Catholic theologian, author, popular speaker and radio host. He has produced and hosted more than a dozen programs that have aired on EWTN and other Catholic stations, and produced more than 100 presentations on CD, DVD and in digital download formats through the non-profit ministry he founded, My Catholic Faith Ministries. Tom has given more than 2000 presentations to hundreds of thousands of Catholics around the world since 1989. His bestselling book, The Mass: Four Encounters with Jesus that will Change Your Life has sold over 60,000 copies. He received his graduate degree in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and his Ph. D in Systematic Theology from the Catholic University of America. His doctoral dissertation was on the Trinitarian Foundations of Interreligious Dialogue in the Papal Teaching of Pope John Paul II. Tom has been a consulting member to the National Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (now USCCB) Committee for Evangelization. He served as the Evangelization 2000 Continental Director for North America and the Caribbean, a worldwide effort sponsored by the Vatican to promote a decade in evangelization in anticipation of the Great Jubilee Year 2000.

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Latest Post: A Free Parenting Webinar: November 4th at 2 p.m. Eastern or 11 a.m Pacific

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Todd Nolan

Todd was born and raised just outside of Philadelphia (Go Phils!) but now lives and works in Michigan. He has worked with youth for over 15 years in the areas of ministry, athletics, and education. He is a proud family man and has a passion for all things CATHOLIC!

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Latest Post: Marching On

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