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The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

July 17, AD2015 2 Comments
The Power of Prayer While Looking for Love

Five years ago, I heard about a couple of other women praying to St. Anne for her intercession that they would, “find a man, as fast as we can!” One woman in particular, I had heard, had met her then-fiance (now husband) after praying the St. Anne Novena. It didn’t take me too long to […]

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Thank God For Tradition

July 17, AD2015 2 Comments
Thank God For Tradition

When I became a Catholic at 19, I was overjoyed to discover a wealth of wisdom and teaching on prayer, spirituality and the faith. It was like unlocking a door to a vast library of  hidden information. This discovery was information I could count on, I could trust as authentic, tried and true. This treasure trove […]

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Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

July 16, AD2015 15 Comments
Is Marriage a Lifestyle or Something More?

The Supreme Court’s recent rendering on same-sex marriage continues to be met with mixed emotions. Many feel this was the correct decision since those who practice a same-sex lifestyle should be entitled to the same rights as heterosexuals. Others feel that the institution of marriage was dealt, yet another, critical blow. Regardless of one’s position, […]

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Understanding The Whole “Mary Thing”

July 16, AD2015 4 Comments
Understanding The Whole “Mary Thing”

If familiarity indeed breeds contempt, as the ages-old proverb says, then I’m bewildered in trying to explain why I have been increasingly drawn to the Blessed Virgin Mary the last few years. The better I know her, the more I love her. And I want to encourage others to give it a genuine effort. I […]

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Breaking News: We Are All Going to Die!

July 16, AD2015 34 Comments
Breaking News: <i>We Are All Going to Die!</i>

This just in . . .Everyone in the whole world will one day die! The only exception to this inevitable event is if we are alive at the end of the world, on the last day, when the dead rise first, and then the real Christians are caught up in the air to meet and greet Jesus […]

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Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

July 15, AD2015 11 Comments
Catholic Marriage after Obergefell: Doctrine and Discipline

The recent Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision declared that legal marriage must be extended to same-sex couples. This is a monumental legal decision but this case has no effect on the Catholic doctrine of matrimony. Catholic marriage is now and always will be a unique union between one man and one woman, joined before […]

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Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion?

July 15, AD2015 13 Comments
Diocesan Deaconate Training: Does It Reflect Christ’s Mercy and Compassion?

We are all aware of the need for increased vocations to the priesthood and deaconate in response to the growing demands and complexities of modern society as reflected in our prayer for this need during the Mass. Certainly, most people are also aware of the need for such vocations to be properly and carefully discerned, […]

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Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

July 12, AD2015 47 Comments
Same-Sex Relations: Lessons From A Burning Bush

It was Thanksgiving, 2008. The family had gathered for an amazing meal and increasingly rare time of just enjoying each other. I was admittedly taken aback when not one but two of my loved ones, who had attended my confirmation at age 50 just 2 years earlier, used that same family gathering as an occasion […]

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That Despicable New Minion Movie

July 10, AD2015 31 Comments
That Despicable New Minion Movie

As is our habit for July birthdays, my adult daughter and I go to a movie to celebrate. This is a decades long tradition for us and often the only movie we see at a theater all year. Now that she has children, they inevitably tag along for a fun family outing. We make a […]

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How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

July 9, AD2015 27 Comments
How I Never Met Your Mother: Single Sex Parenting and Children

I was curious about the logistics. How did Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka have kids? In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, they explained. “It involved two embryos, one for each of them—and a surrogate who Burtka said was ‘more like the oven.’ The couple knew the surrogate, but the egg donor—who they found through […]

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Same-Sex Marriage, the Pill, and the Angels

July 8, AD2015 21 Comments
Same-Sex Marriage, the Pill, and the Angels

  So-called same sex marriage is rooted in 1960. It was then that the second most significant event in history occurred with the invention of the pill; the first most significant event of course being the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The pill radicalized the moral landscape, tearing down the value of sex […]

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Our Lives: More Than a Snapshot

July 8, AD2015 4 Comments
Our Lives: More Than a Snapshot

Have you ever stopped at a stop light and noticed someone on the side of the road, cardboard sign in hand, asking for money or food? Did you think that maybe he should just go get a job? Have you ever caught sight of a mother, little children in tow, dressed in her pajamas as […]

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Waiting Out the Storm

July 7, AD2015 0 Comments
Waiting Out the Storm

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s what this storm’s […]

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Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

July 7, AD2015 29 Comments
Liberty, Equality and Inconsistency

The decision of the Supreme Court extending marriage to homosexual pairs is a contradiction, not only of revelation by God, but of human nature and of the nature of mammalian biological reproduction. Setting these contradictions aside, the decision is self-inconsistent in its basis of individual liberty and of equality before the law. The decision presents liberty as […]

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Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

July 7, AD2015 9 Comments
Bumper Sticker Wisdom: For Catholics, Too!

Most of us have had one on the bumper of our car at some point- a sticker that states an opinion or belief we find important or humorous. In an age when we like to share about ourselves more than ever, a bumper sticker gives us yet another opportunity to tell a stranger something we […]

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Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

July 6, AD2015 77 Comments
Attending Mass is an Act of Humility

“Attending Mass is an act of humility…” I woke up this morning with those words running through my mind. I don’t know what I was dreaming, or even if I was dreaming. The thought was just there, scrolling like a marquee across my burgeoning consciousness as I rolled half-asleep from the bed and launched into […]

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Love Did Not Win, But It Will!

July 6, AD2015 4 Comments
Love Did Not Win, But It Will!

Rainbow flags, teeshirts, and banners were displayed on every possible surface as Americans cheered the Supreme Court’s approval of marriage equality. Newspaper, radio, and internet sources showed celebrations and global gay pride parades as the world rejoiced with America. Love Wins was the slogan shouted loudly from coast to coast. Casual observers believed that all of America rejoiced in […]

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