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Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

April 6, AD2015 0 Comments
Celibacy: All Love Bears Fruit

This column is the fifth in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families that will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. The essay […]

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Happy are Those

April 4, AD2015 6 Comments
Happy are Those

Comparison is the thief of joy, so goes the saying. A bigger house, a bigger car, and a better job are always just out of reach. When my parents divorced, I was ten, and my mother and I were thrown into a world of poverty. This hurt my pride, even then, and I carry a […]

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Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

April 3, AD2015 3 Comments
Wisdom from Often Forgotten Proverbs

Proverbs is the book of wisdom that is said to be written by King Solomon. We often cite verses from this book of the Bible to prove a point or teach a child. After all, Proverbs 1:8 states, “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction” while 1:2 claims that the words are inscribed “that men may […]

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Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

April 2, AD2015 9 Comments
Was Jesus Forsaken by the Father?

Jesus’ last words on the Cross contain a burning question: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). Now that the Triduum has arrived, and our attention has turned now to the Cross, it would be good for us to spend some time with this question. Was Jesus really forsaken by God? […]

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Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

April 2, AD2015 34 Comments
Why Christians Shouldn’t Celebrate Seder Meals

In sharing what seemed like a simple, informative item about Seder, I was met with much confusion and a charge of Anti-Semitism. It all began when I posted this audio on Facebook last night. With it, I quoted a priest friend: “The ONLY ‘Seder” that celebrates the divinity of Christ is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass which is the New Covenant Seder […]

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Holy Week Through New Eyes

April 2, AD2015 2 Comments
Holy Week Through New Eyes

Holy week is always a very busy week in our household. Both my husband and myself are involved in ministries that work hard this week – he sings in the schola, I work with the RCIA. Between our ministries being in high gear and trying to make sure the last-minute Easter plans are in place […]

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Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

April 2, AD2015 32 Comments
Are Catholics the “Resurrection People”?

“We are an Easter people, and ‘Alleluia’ is our song!” These words are attributed to St. John Paul II. And, indeed, he did deliver them; once, during an address at a black parish in Harlem in 1979, and again before leading the congregation in the Angelus at a Mass in Adelaide, Australia, in 1986. However, […]

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The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

April 1, AD2015 5 Comments
The Plight of the Catholic Working Mother

I’m a Catholic working mother. I’ve worked full-time outside the home since 2003, which coincidentally was the same year as my conversion to Catholicism. My first child was born in 2005, followed by four more in the last 10 years (plus two saints in heaven). I’ve always wanted to be a stay-at-home mother, but circumstances […]

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Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 31, AD2015 51 Comments
Part 2: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

[This article is Part 2 in a series. You can read Part 1 here.] In order to justify denying state government the right to decide who can marry, the court itself has to use the definition of marriage used by that state, or substitute some other definition within it’s power. Any current case regarding laws […]

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Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

March 30, AD2015 89 Comments
Part 1: Supreme Court Must Rule for State Defined Marriage

Instead of a bended knee, will the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) present a stiff middle finger to Our Father who art in Heaven this June, just as the same institution did in 1973 with Roe v. Wade and Doe v. Bolton which legitimized the greatest human holocaust in American history? In February 2015, the court refused […]

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Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

March 30, AD2015 12 Comments
Are You Ready for the Blood Moon?

With the third blood moon in a tetrad approaching on Easter, and colliding on a Jewish Feast Day, prophecies are swirling about important events to stun the world: war, earthquake, volcanic eruption, Church schism, terrorist attack, economic crash, disease outbreak, asteroids or the end of Western life as we know it…  Are you ready for all […]

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Seven Connections Between Your Career and the Cross

March 30, AD2015 5 Comments
Seven Connections Between Your Career and the Cross

  It’s Holy Week. We commemorate civilization being forever changed. Once upon a time, a cross was a medieval weapon of torture, humiliation and oppression. Today it stands tall for freedom, peace, human dignity and everlasting life. The world’s reconciliation with its Creator wasn’t easy, but it was worth it. As Christ himself showed us, […]

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Cultural Evils: Floating With the Current

March 28, AD2015 65 Comments
Cultural Evils: Floating With the Current

Today, so many things that used to be considered evil are now part of the mainstream culture. Let’s take a look at some of these abominations. Abortion This horror has been legalized in America since January 22, 1973. In a strange judicial decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, Roe vs. Wade established for the very […]

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Redemptive Suffering and the Phony Victim Complex

March 27, AD2015 39 Comments
Redemptive Suffering and the Phony Victim Complex

Genuine, spiritually powerful redemptive suffering  does exist as a genuine call from God. However, what most of us experience is far from redemptive, because our suffering is not in union with Christ’s suffering. Redemptive suffering is not long-faced misery, because it is life-giving and life-affirming as we live in, with and through Christ our Saviour. This […]

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Who Is Deserving of Life and Love?

March 26, AD2015 3 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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Movie Review: Do You Believe?

March 26, AD2015 3 Comments
Movie Review: Do You Believe?

If a poor old man approached you, dragging a seven-foot cross, and asked, “Do you believe?”  – what would you say? What would you think? Recently, I saw the movie Do You Believe? that poses the same question to the viewer. We all say we have faith, but how many of us actually live that […]

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How Business Ownership Converts Your Flaws into Virtues

March 25, AD2015 3 Comments
How Business Ownership Converts Your Flaws into Virtues

From being a faith-based marriage and family therapist for 22 years, I’m also a Christian women entrepreneur coach. But are the roles that different? Not really. It’s all about change. My entrepreneurship journey has at times felt like a psychological and emotional enema: simultaneously painful and cleansing. In being self-employed, like with relationships, your personal issues […]

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