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The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

May 16, AD2018 0 Comments
The Universal Appeal of Jane Austen

Celebrated Worldwide, Beloved By Millions: Jane Is Everywhere The Jane Austen Circle of Singapore regularly hosts Regency balls and teas at the Old Parliament Arts House. Membership consists largely of octogenarians and nonagenarians— several of them are youngsters, not yet fifty years old You can attend an Austen Festival at the following locations: Bath, England; Canberra […]

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Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

May 1, AD2018 4 Comments
Boredom Nurtures Spirituality and Creativity

People, from infants to the elderly, thrive spiritually when they have enough free time to relax, create, and pray. We all need unscheduled time, time to be bored in a positive sense because boredom can the birthplace of authentic spirituality and creativity. Self- obsessed business is often a superficial way of trying to obtain a […]

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Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

April 15, AD2018 0 Comments
Family Dinners Through The Lens of Pope Francis

On Easter Sunday my family and I shared a traditional Italian dinner with my wife’s family at the home of her parents, Gerald and Ines Davino. I love spending time with my in-laws. Their brand of food, fellowship, and fun has taught me so much about what it means to be part of an extended […]

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#MeToo and the Messiah

April 14, AD2018 5 Comments
#MeToo and the Messiah

The #MeToo movement has shaken the foundations of some of the culture’s most entrenched havens of sexual harassment, abuse and predation. The list of politicians, actors and other notable personalities seems to grow with each passing week. The movement also raises the deeper issue of human dignity, particularly as it relates to the objectification of […]

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Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

April 11, AD2018 15 Comments
Humanae Vitae Two Generations Later Is More Interdisciplinary

This week I attended a Symposium commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the famous papal encyclical, Humanae Vitae, at the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington DC. The conference featured an all-star list of speakers including Janet Smith, Helen Alvaré, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and other experts. I read Paul VI’s encyclical cover to cover the […]

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Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

April 2, AD2018 7 Comments
Abortion and Gun Violence: Say No to Both

“And if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” –St. Teresa of Calcutta It has by now been well documented that the legalization of abortion and the promotion of hormonal contraceptives did not lead to the intended results. The argument […]

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My Irish Uncle Was a Simple, Just Man Like St. Joseph

March 3, AD2018 1 Comment
My Irish Uncle Was a Simple, Just Man Like St. Joseph

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph I’ve heard the Irish use the names of the Holy Family as profanity, not unlike the way many Americans say, “Oh, God.” But on my Uncle Michael’s lips, these words sounded like a prayer of often-experienced wonder at life. Actually, the words were not so much on his lips as in […]

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The Other Side of a Vocation Story

March 2, AD2018 1 Comment
The Other Side of a Vocation Story

I have prayed the Prayer for Vocations a couple thousand times and yet it wasn’t until fourteen years ago that it struck a chord. There is something they don’t tell you when you pray this prayer. Over the years, I have heard about the vocation crisis and how the Church needs more priests and religious. […]

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3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

March 1, AD2018 3 Comments
3 Distinctions When Catholics Are Accused of “Discrimination”

In recent years, there have been many claims that this or that Catholic group was discriminatory. Everything from “Pro-choice Woman Denied Catholic Wedding” to “Gay Teacher Fired” to “Autistic Denied Communion.” Some of these are discrimination and need changing, but not all are. We need to understand when the Church is simply fulfilling her mission, […]

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Amoris Laetitia : A Modern Pandora’s Box?

February 22, AD2018 5 Comments
Amoris Laetitia : A Modern Pandora’s Box?

“But from the beginning of the creation, God made them male and female. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife;  and they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 3 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

February 13, AD2018 3 Comments
Valentine’s Ash Wednesday: Death-to-Self for Love

What are your plans for Valentine’s Ash Wednesday? Sex and Death The combination was bound to happen eventually; it will happen again in 2024 and 2029, then not again until the 22nd century. Most people I know personally or through social media have taken it fairly well. One person did wonder if, since some bishops […]

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Praying for the Families of Divorce

February 2, AD2018 0 Comments
Praying for the Families of Divorce

Family: The Basic Cell of Society Catholic tradition and teaching firmly upholds the great importance and significance of the family as the “basic unit of society”. The family is where we learn to live and to love. Our Lord is with the family, for it is with the family that the whole of society is […]

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Musings of a Young Parent

January 27, AD2018 1 Comment
Musings of a Young Parent

Having only been a parent for four years now gives me a relatively limited view of parenthood. On top of that, I am part of one of the least religious generations in history- millennials. I don’t think, however, that my perspective is valueless because of my age or experience. My wife and I strive to […]

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Household Examens: Habits That Aid Reflection and Invite Grace

January 27, AD2018 0 Comments
Household Examens: Habits That Aid Reflection and Invite Grace

As a wife and mother, I have several little routines which have become touchstones through the days, weeks and years. They are practices that are by no means obligatory, nor done out of superstition or any burden, but which rather add a continuity, simplicity and joy to the passing of time. They remind me that […]

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Children, Global Warming, and Signs of Contradiction

January 24, AD2018 28 Comments
Children, Global Warming, and Signs of Contradiction

We Americans are having a bad effect on Canada. Just the other day (January 13), Kristen Pyszczyk of CBC suggested quite nicely that perhaps it would be best if people were rude to couples who, like Chip and Joanna Gaines, have more than two children. “Shame is a powerful tool for changing behaviour: it’s how […]

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Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

January 22, AD2018 12 Comments
Time’s Up? About Time for the Truth

Truth, by which the world is held together, has sprung from the earth, in order to be carried in a woman’s arms. — St. Augustine Blessed Pope Paul VI, the author of Humanae Vitae, is finally being hailed as somewhat of a prophet. Subject to intense criticism over fifty years ago, Pope Paul argued that support […]

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Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

January 18, AD2018 2 Comments
Why Would a Victim Share the Story of Their Ordeal?

Victory over evil is a matter for rejoicing when something profound comes out of an otherwise heart-wrenching ordeal. By looking closely at every obstacle, struggle, and eventual victory in their lives, people have the ability to discover hope. Such examinations of their past can be an aid to faith for a fruitful future.  Most who […]

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PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

January 11, AD2018 28 Comments
PFLAG ‘T.H.AW.’- A Program to Make Homosexual Behavior ‘Okay’

  The announcement in our parish bulletin last spring seemed innocuous enough. A program entitled Transgender Homosexual Awareness (T.H.AW.) was being held to give parishioners “an opportunity . . . to hear the voices and to understand the experiences of our transgender brothers and sisters and their family members.” But since our parish had already […]

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Finding the Love of a Lifetime

January 7, AD2018 0 Comments
Finding the Love of a Lifetime

  Looking back on my life I can truly say, God has been very patient with me and also very gracious toward me. But it took me quite some time to be able to see and understand that. I was fortunate, while growing up, to have good parents who both had a strong Catholic faith. […]

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The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

January 4, AD2018 18 Comments
The Incarnation, the Eucharist, Women, and the All Male Priesthood

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel departed from her. Luke 1:38 As I sat and contemplated the incarnation, God becoming man, to undo what Adam and Eve had done, I could not help but think of the Priesthood […]

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Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

December 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Planned Parenthood, Birth Control, and Heresy

In an effort to justify (and excuse) birth control and require those who conscientiously object to provide it to others, Planned Parenthood has come up with a cute little meme. As Christians everywhere traverse the dangerous territory of skewed morality, our rights to deeply held religious beliefs are being put to the test. The pro-abortion faction […]

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The Masculinity and Mortification of Auden’s St. Joseph

December 16, AD2017 3 Comments
The Masculinity and Mortification of Auden’s St. Joseph

After two millennia, our veneration of Mary might make it somewhat difficult to imagine how St. Joseph might have seen her when he first heard of her pregnancy. Our familiarity with the joy of Christmas obscures the shock and embarrassment of what was surely seen to be a profound betrayal. Even the recounting of St. […]

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Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

December 12, AD2017 8 Comments
Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Embracing an outdated lifestyle on a traditional, small, family farm has been a struggle through confusion, guilt, and even public condemnation. I finally reached the point where I can now shout loudly, “This is my call, this is my vocation, this is […]

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