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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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Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

April 21, AD2016 0 Comments
Resilience of the Church, from Martyrs to Monks

The first century Christians began as a group of individuals who continued to hold on to their Jewish roots, but recognized Jesus Christ as the Son of God. This would soon cause division as they would begin to pray and worship as a distinct group, and abandon the traditions of their strict, Jewish contemporaries. Dialogue […]

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Mutability Implies an Immutable Goal

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
Mutability Implies an Immutable Goal

The Book of Genesis outlines material creation focused on the earth. Material creation is in stages with the final stage, the creation of man. A seventh stage, the Sabbath, is not creational. The Sabbath emphasizes the fact that material creation has ceased. The era of the Sabbath is post-creational, except for the continued spiritual creation […]

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The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

One of my favourite readings during the Easter Season is the Gospel reading on the journey of Jesus  together with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a personal favourite since it speaks directly to me as an educator. I have always seen this story as a good model for teachers. The […]

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Bought and Sold for $21.62

April 19, AD2016 9 Comments
Bought and Sold for $21.62

Today’s exchange rate (approximately) for thirty pieces of silver is $21.62. (Thirty Pieces of Silver – Truth Magazine) “The didrachma and tetradrachma (actually stater) are references to silver coins from the city of Tyre, used in the business of the Temple. The staters were equal to shekels, and because the Jews were forbidden to issue […]

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The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

April 19, AD2016 2 Comments
The Light Weight of Doctrinal Declarations

Have you ever seen this t-shirt logo:  “The Church/Bible teaches it. I believe it. That settles it”? It is a rather pithy and provocative turn of phrase. More importantly, however, it reflects an utter misunderstanding in regards to what it takes to evangelize in a postmodern culture that is secular, humanistic and widely skeptical of […]

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Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts

April 18, AD2016 19 Comments
Pope Paul VI and Two-Day-Old T-Shirts

During a casual conversation a friend of mine asked me, “How come histocompatibility is not better known among Catholics?” Histo what? I asked. He answered, “Histocompatibility. Oral contraceptives may be a major cause of problems in marriages.” Apart from the well-known side-effects of oral contraception such as nausea, breast tenderness, headaches, weight gain, and mood […]

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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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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

April 17, AD2016 5 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part II

  Click here to read Part I Another Unwritten Rule But why does our banding together as Christians to effect sweeping national and global change strike us as so very unlikely? Perhaps, in our gut, we’re aware of an “unwritten rule” Joseph Heller missed. We can sense at least one more “Catch” at work here, […]

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Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

April 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

“You are nothing but a fleck of matter, why are you letting this upset you?” I heard these words when I was upset and seeking a shoulder to cry on from a college friend. His full response was to remind me how, in this vast existence of material things, there were many universes, with one […]

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Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

April 16, AD2016 7 Comments
Catch 23: Why a World with Two Billion Christians In It Stays Such a Mess, Part I

According to the Pew Research Center, there are just over two billion Christians in the world today. That means roughly one in every three and a half people on the face of the earth professes faith in Jesus Christ, and claims to understand and embrace the Gospel message. The Theory and the Reality While denominations […]

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How to Thrive in Illness

April 16, AD2016 11 Comments
How to Thrive in Illness

The first thing I thought, when I awoke from my nap, was that the pain couldn’t possibly be as bad as it felt. It didn’t make sense. My tired brain worked to convince my body that the agony wasn’t real: “Come on, Rachel, you made it through fifteen hours of unmedicated child birth. That was […]

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Catholic As A Part Of Speech

April 15, AD2016 2 Comments
Catholic As A Part Of Speech

I have long felt the word “catholic”, if simply used as a noun or an adjective, is improper. We will explore a couple of the eight fundamental parts of speech before the case is made for the only part of speech which should be the correct one for the word “catholic”. There are eight parts of […]

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Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

April 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Let Peter Kreeft and Mother Angelica Tell You How to be Holy

I’ll admit to being star struck at Mother Angelica’s funeral. Not just at Jim Caviezel, the famous EWTN personalities, or the sturdy pillars of the Church, but at all the future saints who were in attendance; both VIPS and those of us in the nosebleed section. Fr. Joseph Wolfe’s homily emphasized that most of us […]

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How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

April 14, AD2016 2 Comments
How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

Choosing a career is always a difficult decision to make. From the time we’re very young, we’re conditioned to focus our lives on the future, but a career-oriented future only. We are told as children that success equals career, our identity equals a job title. However, as Catholics we’re taught something completely different. As Catholics, […]

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Amoris Laetita Helps a Single Mom

April 14, AD2016 10 Comments
Amoris Laetita Helps a Single Mom

I was disappointed with the Synod on the Family. I believe the Catholic Church had the best intentions but that it missed great opportunities to strengthen marriage and families, prevent divorce, and clarify misunderstandings. I doubt many Bishops on the Synod know what being divorced is like. I doubt many can understand what it is like to be […]

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Economic Personalism: Tool for Morality in Markets

April 13, AD2016 6 Comments
Economic Personalism: Tool for Morality in Markets

No matter what your ideology, there is common disdain for market manipulators, fraud, and theft. There is little disagreement about the repugnance of taking advantage of senior citizens through deceptive investment schemes or conning vulnerable families into unsustainable mortgages. There is even growing consensus on the shamefulness of polluting factories and the exploitation of child […]

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The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

April 13, AD2016 9 Comments
The Eucharist: Overcoming the Forbidden Fruit

There is so much to be said about the Eucharist. It is Christ’s supreme gift of Himself to mankind. We can never truly thank God enough for this new Passover meal, which replaces an ordinary sacrificed lamb with The Lamb of God, Jesus Himself. It is the true food that replaces the forbidden fruit. What […]

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Motivated by Love: Working Despite Criticism

April 12, AD2016 9 Comments
Motivated by Love: Working Despite Criticism

One of the hardest maxims to put into practice has got to be Mother Teresa’s advice: We must deliberately renounce all desires to see the fruit of our labor, doing all we can as best we can, leaving the rest in the hands of God. What matters is the gift of yourself, the degree of […]

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Debating Against a Stacked Deck

April 12, AD2016 3 Comments
Debating Against a Stacked Deck

Recently, I posted on Twitter that we should protect parents and children by opposing a new policy allowing students to pick their bathroom without informing the parents of this change. Obviously, it got some reaction. I had expected that. What was surprising to me was how much the transsexual lobby would only debate with a […]

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Jane Austen Prays

April 11, AD2016 1 Comment
Jane Austen Prays

The primary reason for this article is to make those who do not know of the prayers written by Jane Austen. Below are some links to the full text of her prayers. The comments that follow are mere pedestrian commentary and do not hold a candle to the beauty and sublimity of her prayerful words. […]

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Mirrors Darkly

April 11, AD2016 13 Comments
Mirrors Darkly

Truth Truth is what is. Truth is the real. We error-prone and sometimes reality-denying human beings have the truth when what we think about corresponds to what is real. So for us, truth is the correspondence of mind to reality. We would like to know things for sure. How can we be confident? Thomas Aquinas […]

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Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be?

April 10, AD2016 16 Comments
Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be?

The political divide in America seems to only get more polarized each year. Given the moral trajectory of our nation’s people and the “progress” away from historical Judeo-Christian values and traditions, this is likely only to continue. I see the polarization among well-meaning Catholics as well, whose spiritual instinct to stay more neutral and policy focused […]

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In the Shelter of His Rays

April 10, AD2016 2 Comments
In the Shelter of His Rays

Entering Into the Resurrection – “The Shelter of His Rays” One of my favorite Rosary Mysteries is the Resurrection of Christ, though they all have their place for different times and seasons. And, so, during this Easter Season I would like to invite you into the graces, the “rays of mercy,” that I experience. First off, […]

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