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My Child Is Going To Hell

January 17, AD2017 2 Comments
My Child Is Going To Hell

Perhaps; but, in living faith, there is hope. Full disclosure: Yes, that is intentionally a “Made Ya Look” headline. It is also precisely how many parents feel about their children in today’s world. Many a loving, caring parent does fear, with good reason, that a child will go to hell unless there is a miracle […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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We Are the Reason for the Season

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
We Are the Reason for the Season

As children, many of us enjoyed carefully studying the Highlights pages to find the hidden objects. I remember diligently seeking for each one until all had been found. Our adult lives are like that as well, although our diligence may not mirror that of our childhood. Seeking the Hidden Objects in Life The possibilities of […]

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The Transforming Power of Christmas

December 7, AD2016 3 Comments
The Transforming Power of Christmas

Of all the holidays, Christmas is my favorite. I love the beauty, the joy, the peace, and the good will that seem to shine just a little brighter at this time of year. I suppose I should be more cynical about the wrong in the world — the commercialism, the evil, the selfishness — but […]

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Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

October 20, AD2016 3 Comments
Subsidiarity and Our American Freedoms

The principle of subsidiarity, one of the basic tenets of Catholic social doctrine, promotes governance at its smallest level based on the natural law tenet that “[God] entrusts to every creature the functions it is capable of performing, according to the capacities of its own nature. … The way God acts in governing the world, […]

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Are Children at Mass A Blessing or an Annoyance?

October 9, AD2016 6 Comments
Are Children at Mass A Blessing or an Annoyance?

  Sunday mornings can be tough for parents. Getting the kids up and ready for Mass is always a challenge, but then the real adventure begins. Before you can actually leave for mass you have to remember to pack everything you’re going to need to make it through the morning – books, toys, snacks, and […]

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4 Advantages of Digital Silence

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
4 Advantages of Digital Silence

Being an active Catholic on social media who checks my Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to talk about the advantages of disconnecting from electronics, but here I am. Over the past month, I have come to realize the value of taking time off from all our […]

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Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

September 29, AD2016 0 Comments
Making the Most of The Year of Mercy While We Can

A World-Wide Celebration On December 8, 2015, Pope Francis declared the current liturgical year to be a celebration of God’s mercy by proclaiming it as “The Year of Mercy”. This worldwide celebration of our Church ends on November 20, 2016. Although “The Year of Mercy” will end, there is great hope that all the good it […]

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Genealogy and the God Family

August 3, AD2016 4 Comments
Genealogy and the God Family

There is quite a bit of interest these days in genealogy. Websites like Ancestry.com offer their extensive databases and resources to trace a family’s lineage. With the advent of the Genome Project it is now possible to use DNA to chart your family tree. Imagine discovering that your ancestors were royalty! How about famous? Or […]

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Reorienting Family Life—Living the New Evangelization

August 2, AD2016 0 Comments
Reorienting Family Life—Living the New Evangelization

“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”—C. S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand,” St. Thomas Aquinas said. The catechism teaches us that God loved His creatures into existence according to His wisdom so that “we […]

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The Children of the Promise

July 13, AD2016 0 Comments
The Children of the Promise

Though I am the father of two adopted children, I have long neglected considering the topic of adoption, and how all people are the adopted children of God, from a scriptural or theological perspective.  Years ago, I remember I harbored a certain animosity toward God, thinking that I was somehow less than completely beloved by […]

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Jane Austen’s Paradigm: Family As Gospel

June 8, AD2016 3 Comments
Jane Austen’s Paradigm:  Family As Gospel

It is remarkable that for over two centuries now, and in our present time, Jane Austen’s writings are still popular. Why is this so? This question’s answer is profound in its simplicity and truth. Question: Why Why do soldiers in deadly combat enjoy Jane’s writing? (Due to her impact on many who read her and […]

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Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, the Vocation of the Family

May 30, AD2016 9 Comments
Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, the Vocation of the Family

“Get thee to a nunnery; why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” The line from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1, is spoken by Hamlet to Ophelia. In a curious and acerbic exchange, Hamlet creates some confusion about his professed love for Ophelia. He has either feigned love or been deeply wounded by […]

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You Can Help a Single Mom This Mother’s Day

May 3, AD2016 2 Comments
You Can Help a Single Mom This Mother’s Day

The first few Mother’s Days after my husband left weren’t easy. They weren’t peaceful or restful. They weren’t celebrations for the beauty that is womanhood. They weren’t shows of appreciation for the gift that is motherhood. Mother’s Day Isn’t Easy for a Single Mom Mother’s Day was tiring and stressful, just like every other day. I got up early, […]

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Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

April 23, AD2016 1 Comment
Relics: Not Just A Dead Man’s Hand

The use of relics in the Catholic faith as a means of revitalizing our faith has a history going back literally to the days of the Old Testament. But before I talk about things from a few millenia ago, I’d like to tell you a little bit about a point in my own life. Relics […]

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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 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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Life After the Ministry: Finding God’s Blessings in Life’s Changes

March 23, AD2016 12 Comments
Life After the Ministry: Finding God’s Blessings in Life’s Changes

The philosopher Heraclitus once said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” Change is inevitable in life. But no matter how true that is, there are many times that change will jolt us. There are many times that change […]

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Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

March 9, AD2016 6 Comments
Catholics and the Sin of Human Respect

The sin of human respect looms large in this world of exaggerated emphasis on high self-esteem, radical individualism, and sexual identity politics, grounded in a tolerance for vice that is a forceful sign of the twilight of a once great civilization. Public and private morality have been illicitly divorced, heaven and hell illicitly joined in […]

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