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Jane Austen’s Morality Of Marriage

March 16, AD2017 0 Comments
Jane Austen’s Morality Of Marriage

In our time, according to one of several divergent moralities, an act is a heinous hell-damning sin, while another morality will validate that same act as a heaven-winning act of virtue. This was not so in Jane Austen’s world. There was a generally accepted familial, communal and societal code of conduct – a morality – […]

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True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

  A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a dinner for married couples at a neighboring parish. Called the Cana Dinner – after the Wedding Feast at Cana where Our Lord instituted the sacrament of marriage – the dinner was a chance to renew our vows and deepen our […]

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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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The Four Horsemen of the Marriage Apocalypse

June 10, AD2016 3 Comments
The Four Horsemen of the Marriage Apocalypse

There are four things which lead to an impending marriage failure: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. At least that’s the opinion of one marriage expert, John Gottman, who was recently interviewed by TIME for an article on marriage, “These 4 Things Kill Relationships”. I’d venture to guess Gottman is not Catholic and so is naturally […]

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See Something? Say Something.

June 6, AD2016 9 Comments
See Something? Say Something.

Ask any New Yorker, in our post 9-11 world, what “See something? Say something,” means and they’ll tell you. It’s actually a very simple idea that saves lives. See a package left unattended? Tell someone who can do something about it. See a backpack by itself on the floor of the train? Say something about it. See a […]

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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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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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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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The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

February 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Zika Virus and the Demographic Winter

Stories concerning the Zika virus have been all over the news, lately, and for good reason. I am all in favor of informing the public regarding various diseases, as well as methods to keep one (and their family members) safe from them. However, I begin to get concerned when individuals, some of whom lack sound […]

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Worldview, the Supreme Court, and the Ten Commandments

February 16, AD2016 5 Comments
Worldview, the Supreme Court, and the Ten Commandments

The subjects we chose during telephone conversations with relatives and friends tend to change over time. If you or they have lived a relatively long healthy life, more time will inevitably be spent on the latest physical problems. The last time I talked to my sister on the phone, I mentioned to her that I […]

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This Valentine’s Day Pledge to Love Your Vows

February 13, AD2016 1 Comment
This Valentine’s Day Pledge to Love Your Vows

Thoughts of Valentine’s Day fills our heads with images of frilly pink hearts, chocolate covered strawberries, fluffy teddy bears, and of course, the cute bottomed cupid aiming his bow and arrow at a man and woman who, when pierced, magically, perfectly, eternally fall into blissful love. We snicker at the image of cupid and know reality […]

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Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

February 4, AD2016 10 Comments
Catholic Schools: A Complete Education

Deciding where one’s kids should be educated can be a difficult task, especially in areas where there are so many good public, parochial, and charter schools. Many parents also choose home-schooling, and do a wonderful job. There are certainly a myriad of choices, but perhaps our values hierarchy should help us choose. Compartmentalizing Values Many Catholic […]

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Marching On

January 22, AD2016 2 Comments
Marching On

The Roe v Wade decision still remains unsettling to many. Since that day a culture of death has permeated society, and the world. Nevertheless, many continue to defend the voiceless, and will stand up for them, again, this year, united with others in our nation’s capital. This is a testimony to an unwillingness to accept […]

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Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

January 17, AD2016 65 Comments
Pope Francis VS the Spirit of the Age

Click here to listen to this post read by the author Pope Francis’ September, 2015 announcement of a streamlined marriage annulment process sent the conservative Catholic blogosphere spinning like an angry wasp against a window. “Scrap the New Annulment Rules” announced The Catholic Thing. The Catholic Herald declared “The Pope’s radical annulment reforms could overturn […]

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Discernment through Experience

January 6, AD2016 16 Comments
Discernment through Experience

      Discernment is a process that every serious Catholic man must commence at some point, during which he will petition and receive from the Almighty his vocational direction and calling for the rest of his life and for all eternity. Fittingly, discernment is one of the most difficult undertakings of a man’s life! I […]

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Falling in Love is a Terrible Reason to Marry

December 20, AD2015 7 Comments
Falling in Love is a Terrible Reason to Marry

Falling in love happens in a cloud of emotion. It’s euphoric and all encompassing. And temporary. It is also a bad reason to marry. In the days of arranged marriages, people entered the union based on other issues such as land mergers and power. I’m not recommending that. The bar was set pretty low for […]

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Advent and Christmas Traditions for Dads

December 11, AD2015 0 Comments
Advent and Christmas Traditions for Dads

Advent and Christmas are very special seasons, and offer terrific opportunities to grow in and live our faith as Catholics. Often though, both seasons seem to be celebrated by moms more than dads. And while there is nothing wrong with that, as a single father of two kids, one boy and one girl, it occurred […]

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The Myth of Having it All

December 1, AD2015 5 Comments
The Myth of Having it All

The holidays always remind me of how different I am from my husband. He is a doer. He does things. He wakes up every morning and goes through the same routine to get ready, then he figures out his mission for the day and sets out to accomplish that mission. Every. Day. Me? I am […]

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The Concept, Origin, and Sacramental Nature of Marriage

November 11, AD2015 10 Comments
The Concept, Origin, and Sacramental Nature of Marriage

We live in strange times, disconnected from ultimate reality. We have managed to untether ourselves from self-evident truth, universal truth, and the nature of reality itself. Human life is becoming a free-for-all, in which we are apt to fancy ourselves our own creators. Our current problems began centuries ago when we began to doubt the […]

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What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

October 20, AD2015 2 Comments
What Sts. Louis and Zelie Teach Us About Soulmates

According to pop culture’s definition of ‘soulmates’, I didn’t marry mine. When my husband and I met, our eyes didn’t simultaneously gaze across a crowded room to find each other, with a swelling orchestra crescendo for a backdrop. He didn’t propose aboard a rose-strewn yacht offering to travel the oceans of life with me. On […]

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