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Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

September 27, AD2014 20 Comments
Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

In just a few days, from October 5th-19th, Pope Francis will hold a very special and rare event. An extraordinary synod, a meeting of select bishops to discuss matters of extreme and immediate importance will be held. Pope Paul VI reinstated the synod in 1965 to receive advice on specific subjects. Since that time, only two […]

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“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

September 27, AD2014 4 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Matthew 18:21 (KJV) “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy, 30: “To be a Christian means to […]

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Holy War, Catholic Style

September 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Holy War, Catholic Style

The headlines are graphic and sickening. Christians are being murdered systematically in the Middle East. It seems that while we look on in horror, the world is simply standing and staring in amazement. Unfortunately in some cases, even apathy prevails. As the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on the matter this week, they were interrupted twice by […]

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Faith, Tried and Tested

September 26, AD2014 4 Comments
Faith, Tried and Tested

I am sitting here on my couch looking around the room. Candles give off a soft glow, and the fireplace looks warm and inviting. My favorite Christian band is playing on my stereo, and my heart is full of love and praise for God. How can this be? I have had more pain and sorrow […]

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Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

September 26, AD2014 11 Comments
Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14) Dark green mountainsides, weary of standing sentinel throughout summer, are slowly changing hue while September pours herself out upon […]

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The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

September 25, AD2014 9 Comments
The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

The Rev. Walter Baer of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans has penned a letter that could be an epilogue from the C.S. Lewis classic. Screwtape would be proud of this one. The words practically slither off the screen. Rev. Baer is pleased to welcome the new Planned Parenthood clinic to his […]

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The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

September 24, AD2014 43 Comments
The Catholic Man Crisis and Why It Matters

With its roots in Vatican II, the New Evangelization is a recognition that a crisis exists in the Church because large numbers of baptized Catholics have not been evangelized. But perhaps the most critical driver or the crisis has been largely ignored: the Catholic “man crisis.” Without coming to grips with why large numbers of […]

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How God Reveals Himself in Memory

September 23, AD2014 2 Comments
How God Reveals Himself in Memory

“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard. A metaphysical principle observed by St. Thomas Aquinas says that “whatever is received is received according to the mode of the receiver.” He is referring to how created beings acquire knowledge of reality. By created beings, he means that we […]

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Being the “Good Girl”

September 23, AD2014 7 Comments
Being the “Good Girl”

Good, perfect, holy, sweet, innocent, beautiful, kind, pure – there are so many words that described who I wanted to be ever since childhood. These were goals to achieve, standards impossible to meet, reminders to keep my behavior appropriate, and chains that constricted my life. Stories of the saints partially influenced this. One story that […]

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Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

September 23, AD2014 10 Comments
Different Strokes: A Matter of Style

There are a lot of good painters that I just don’t like. That statement doesn’t mean that they are bad artists. It means the style of this or that does not appeal to me. They may be “saying” something, but I don’t care for the presentation as a whole. The Mona Lisa? I can see it’s a good painting. I just […]

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Being Globally Generous

September 22, AD2014 3 Comments
Being Globally Generous

Although Uganda is not a Top 10 Places to Vacation on any list that I have seen, I really meant to go there to relax and to enjoy a different world perspective. Well, and to satisfy my wanderlust. I had wanted to travel to all five continents (aren’t there 7?) since I was a boy, and […]

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Marriage: ‘Bergoglio’ Approves Shacking Up?

September 22, AD2014 67 Comments
Marriage:  ‘Bergoglio’ Approves Shacking Up?

Maybe you heard that on Sunday, September 14, 2014, Pope Francis married twenty couples at St. Peter’s Basilica. I learned about it first from an old friend who doesn’t think there has been a real pope in Rome for about a century. He included a link to an ABC news story with his own comment: […]

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Encountering God In Daily Life

September 21, AD2014 7 Comments
Encountering God In Daily Life

New York City can be a daunting place for a Catholic, or anyone who wants to live a religious or moral life. While it is a most materialistic and secular city, I have managed to find inspiration and people who share my love for God. They are rare and very precious to me. Some I […]

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Signs From Heaven

September 20, AD2014 4 Comments
Signs From Heaven

I used to have a strange, very naive idea that I would be closely united with my father after his death. I know that we are united with the communion of saints, and that death no longer separates us (Romans 8:38-39). I believe we can pray to the saints, and even pray to and pray […]

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Save the Storks in Delaware

September 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Save the Storks in Delaware

Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute […]

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Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

September 19, AD2014 16 Comments
Eugenics and the “Hitler Card”

Taxonomy of the “Hitler Card” Fallacy The Fallacy Files website, which is devoted to exploring and exploding errors in reasoning, gives the following forms for “the Hitler card” fallacy (also called the “ad Hitlerum” or “ad Naziarum”): Forms Adolf Hitler accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be wrong. The Nazis accepted idea I.Therefore, I must be […]

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12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

September 19, AD2014 17 Comments
12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

As Holy Mother Church plans the World Meeting of Families, my husband and I are approaching our 40th wedding anniversary. As a child bride of 17 marrying her high school sweetheart, I felt the invincibility of our union with the passion of youth. Now, some four decades later, I’d like to reflect on what we’ve […]

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