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Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

February 14, AD2018 5 Comments
Why Sex Belongs in Marriage

Sex is great and belongs in marriage. Yet, when it comes to sex, Catholics often get a bad rap. Many people look at our beliefs about sex, specifically our belief that it should be reserved for marriage, and conclude that we are simply puritans who think it’s dirty and needs to be limited as much […]

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Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

February 10, AD2018 0 Comments
Being “Gift” in a “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How […]

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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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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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Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

December 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Monica’s Miseries and Fortitude’s Strength

These days we hear a lot about “snowflakes.” These are young adults who must be protected from the least slight, whether real or imagined. Fortitude is the virtue that opposes this weakness. In one word, fortitude is strength. But of what kind? Fortitude has two sides: courage and toughness. Courage is the strength that one […]

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Aristotle Would Not Agree With This Commentary on Amoris Laetitia

November 27, AD2017 2 Comments
Aristotle Would Not Agree With This Commentary on Amoris Laetitia

(Disclaimer: I in no way intend to criticize here any of the actual content of Amoris Laetitia, only the commentary of Archbishop Fernández as noted below.) One day while perusing the National Catholic Register, I came across this article: “Archbishop Fernández Defends ‘Amoris Laetitia’ From Its Critics.” While Edward Pentin, the blog author, mentions in […]

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Real Marriage is Tying the Knot God’s Way

November 23, AD2017 0 Comments
Real Marriage is Tying the Knot God’s Way

Saturday, November 4 began as a fairly typical, crisp fall morning in Pennsylvania. The leaves on the trees were changing into a brilliant array of orange, yellow, brown, and red. But it was a special day for me.  It was my wedding day. The morning started with my mother and me picking up 50 shiny, […]

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The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

October 12, AD2017 0 Comments
The Church: A Solid Rock To Stand On

You Are Peter Last month I had the honor of witnessing my mother and stepdad’s marriage in the Catholic Church. They were both raised Catholic but were never confirmed, and have been married civilly for fourteen years. They began their journey back to the Church shortly after I began my own conversion process, and it […]

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Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

October 9, AD2017 5 Comments
Some Things Are Better Left Unsaid

I like the adage: “Some things are better left unsaid”. But I have a hard time following it, especially when I am in one of my darker moods and in an intense “discussion” with my wife. For instance, I’ll say something that aggravates her and she will bring up divorce. “I don’t know why we […]

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St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

October 4, AD2017 1 Comment
St. Raymond Nonnatus: Healing Prayers for the Divorced

St. Raymond Nonnatus is a saint from the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy or the Mercedarian Order and was born in 1204 in Barcelona, Spain. He is called Nonnatus or “not born” referring to his Caesarean section birth. Since his mother died while giving birth to him, Nonnatus is the patron saint […]

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Joyful, Fruitful Racism

September 17, AD2017 18 Comments
Joyful, Fruitful Racism

Around the world, from the local parish to the highest levels of the Vatican, the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia (AL) has been interpreted by some to justify, even to elevate to the level of virtue, actions of some of the faithful previously taught to be sinful. Examples include ongoing public adultery and public homosexual relationships. Also, some […]

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The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

September 8, AD2017 0 Comments
The Petty Fight or Cheerful Parry

The Petty Fight The petty fight started over the placement of my rather-large picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe near the top of our living room wall. My wife moved my picture back to the side-wall of the living room, where it previously had hung for 7 years. When I discovered this, I should have started […]

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Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

September 7, AD2017 73 Comments
Leave The Debate Over Amoris Laetitia To The Theologians

It’s almost enough to make a good Catholic want to become a hermit. The Amoris Laetitia (AL) controversy – the dubia, the Maltese Fiasco, and the German Bishops’ AL guidelines – have all made for some riveting reading in recent months. And the controversy does not appear to have an end in sight. Now a […]

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The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

September 5, AD2017 5 Comments
The Mother of God and Modern Miracles- Jason’s Story

“We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor his Mother, and we honor her simply and solely to honor him all the more perfectly. We go to her only as a way leading to the goal we seek — Jesus, her Son.” — Saint Louis Marie de Montfort As I was undergoing […]

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Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

July 28, AD2017 8 Comments
Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

While I’m neither a theologian nor a Bible Scholar, I’ve always thought that the Bible is really very clear and straightforward in regard to both marriage and homosexuality. In Matthew 19:16, Jesus says about marriage “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” […]

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You Went to the Wedding. Now What?

July 5, AD2017 3 Comments
You Went to the Wedding. Now What?

Life is close to idyllic this time of year. Summer temperatures are not quite at their peak. Barbecues are held every weekend. School is out for many children. Teenagers work days then head to beaches for fun with friends. Families load up cars and head for adventures yet to be determined. Birds sing. Music plays. […]

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5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

July 3, AD2017 1 Comment
5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

  Prayer is one the deepest ways we show our love – to God, to our family, to the world. From childhood, many of us experience religious tradition through prayer in the Mass and in family prayer time. It is one of the staples of being Christian. St. Thérèse of Lisieux believed that prayer was […]

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The Enduring Perils of Divorce With Dr. Diane Medved

June 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Enduring Perils of Divorce With Dr. Diane Medved

God says he hates divorce (Malachi 2:16). Jesus tells his followers that Moses only permitted divorce because of the hardness of their hearts and that divorce and remarriage constituted adultery (Matthew 19). Yet our culture has become more and more pro-divorce since no fault divorces laws were first passed (under Gov. Ronald Reagan in 1969). […]

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Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

June 12, AD2017 1 Comment
Helping Each Other To Heaven: A Convert’s Perspective on Catholic Marriage

My husband and I celebrated ten years of marriage in May. This decade has brought with it many things including three children and my conversion to the Catholic Church. We had a Catholic wedding since my husband was brought up in the Church. I, however, was as far from Catholicism as I ever was going to […]

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A Catholic Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

June 7, AD2017 4 Comments
A Catholic Often Gets the Short End of the Stick on Both Sides of Academia

Paul Griffiths is an expert on Catholic thought, holding the Warren Professor of Catholic thought at Duke Divinity School but this past month he was forced to resign for questioning liberal orthodoxy. On the other hand, last week, the Newman Society listed nine Catholic colleges who were commencement speakers who disagreed with Catholic teaching. One […]

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The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

May 29, AD2017 2 Comments
The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our three month anniversary of marriage, and as those three months have passed, I have learned much about the joys and struggles of this sacrament.  Marriage is truly a sacrament of paradoxes: being married feels so natural and brings great interior peace, even though it is very different from […]

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I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

May 11, AD2017 21 Comments
I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

Many Catholics struggle with how to handle situations where family and friends, who are Baptized Catholics but do not practice, choose to celebrate events in their lives that are not in alignment with Scripture and Church teaching. Such situations include marriages outside of the faith, non-religious secular marriages, and remarriages, among other things. Becoming more common […]

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Incorporating a Lasso Rosary in Your Catholic Wedding

April 30, AD2017 1 Comment
Incorporating a Lasso Rosary in Your Catholic Wedding

We are on the cusp of so many beautiful things these days, like spring, Easter and vacations. However, the one I’m most excited about is my daughter’s upcoming wedding. Anyone who has planned a wedding knows it can be quite daunting. Thankfully, we have beautiful traditions to choose from and to guide us as we prepare […]

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The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

April 22, AD2017 27 Comments
The Problem With Papal Mind-Readers

As people continue to be confused over what Pope Francis thinks here or there, especially regarding Communion for the divorced and remarried, one thing seems to come up over and over again: what does Pope Francis, this bishop, or that bishops’ conference mean by these words? Obviously, we need to draw meaning from the text […]

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