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Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

November 16, AD2017 2 Comments
Foster Parenting: The Forgotten Piece in the Adoption Debate

Have you ever considered foster parenting? In the recent debate about adoption, why did the debate focus only on expensive infant adoptions? Why don’t we do more for these kids who have had a hard life? These questions – except being a foster parent as a priest – keep coming up in my mind. In […]

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A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

May 17, AD2017 0 Comments
A Devotional: Picking Up My Cross as a Husband and Dad

If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.  (Luke 9:23) The Gospels and the Church tell us to pick up our cross daily. This might seem an overwhelming task but it is not precisely because Jesus embraced His cross first before He ever asked us to copy […]

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What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

May 3, AD2017 0 Comments
What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

For a moment, imagine the Blessed Virgin Mary tidying her home and preparing meals. Or picture her tenderly bathing the Son of God, gently placing a kiss on his forehead before putting him into bed. Although Mary was supremely graced by God, she was not free from the duties of her vocation. As a young […]

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The Battle for the Homefront

February 18, AD2017 0 Comments
The Battle for the Homefront

During World War II, all of the men, women, and children who were not enlisted in the military knew that they were still an integral part of the fight.  By running factories, living frugally, and keeping morale up, the folks left behind bravely fought the battle on the homefront.  Though we are not living in […]

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Family Life as “Domestic Pilgrimage”

December 29, AD2015 6 Comments
Family Life as “Domestic Pilgrimage”

As we fold the Christmas table linens and pick up the scraps of wrapping paper, it is tempting to compare our Christmas Day with the glowing images we saw on television or in the family pictures that accompanied many of the Christmas cards we received. For many if not most of us, the comparison can […]

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Maybe It Does Take a Village.

February 9, AD2013 12 Comments
Maybe It Does Take a Village.

I’ve been paging through Hillary Clinton’s It Takes a Village, and, to my surprise, agreeing with much of it. I’ve heard so many of my friends rail against Clinton’s “village” idea, saying “it takes a family” and “I do not need a village to raise my children.” Clinton advocates government solutions more than I think necessary, […]

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