Author Archive: JoAnna Wahlund

JoAnna was baptized, raised, and married in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America but converted to Catholicism in May 2003, on G.K. Chesterton's birthday. She has five terrific kids here on earth, two saints in heaven praying for her, and a wonderful husband of 12 years who supports her in all things. By day, she is a content editor for a global information company; by night, she enjoys defending the Catholic faith online (in between her duties as chief cook and bottle washer for La Casa Wahlund). She blogs at http://a-star-of-hope.blogspot.com.

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Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

Rebuttal – Part 1: 10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up

| 04-02-AD2014 | [41]

A few days ago, a friend sent me an article titled, “10 Beliefs Christians Have That Really Mess Us Up.” I read through the article and then clicked over the the author’s “About Me” page, curious about his background and credentials. As it turns out, the author, Phil Drysdale, claims no formal training in theology […]

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Unintended Consequences

Unintended Consequences

| 03-11-AD2014 | [33]

Alert the media! I’ve found another case of an innocent person being cruelly denied a cake by an intolerant, bigoted bakery department. In this case, the zealots targeted an innocent child. The bakers didn’t like the personal beliefs of the child’s parents and subsequently refused to make their kid a birthday cake. That’s right – […]

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NFP: Help! I’m Being Oppressed!

NFP: Help! I’m Being Oppressed!

| 02-05-AD2014 | [6]

According to some of the commenters on Dr. Kaczor’s post “Does the Catholic Church Hate Women?” at Strange Notions, I’m just an oppressed victim of an corrupt hierarchy – or something. Many of the comments on that post (which I thought was excellent, by the way) left me baffled. I have to wonder if these […]

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How To Be A Biblical Literalist

How To Be A Biblical Literalist

| 01-09-AD2014 | [7]

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted the article “Everyone’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony” by Rachel Held Evans to her timeline. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of several arguments for same-sex attraction that I’d heard in my Lutheran days. Sure enough, the crux of the article […]

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An Advent Adoption Story

An Advent Adoption Story

| 12-11-AD2013 | [5]

In his December 1 Angelus message, Pope Francis called the season of Advent “a journey towards the horizon of hope.” I want to tell you a story about one of the most amazing women I know, and the Advent journey of international adoption that she embarked upon this year. A Heart for Adoption This woman […]

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The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

| 11-13-AD2013 | [6]

Have you ever read a book where you find yourself talking out loud in response to what you’re reading? Simcha Fisher’s The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (available on Kindle with upcoming publications in Audible and print formats) is definitely one of those books. I can’t remember how many times I said, “Yes!” or […]

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Examining Scouting Choices

Examining Scouting Choices

| 10-16-AD2013 | [48]

My husband wrote what I consider to be an excellent letter to our parish the other day, and he gave me permission to post it in case others like him would find it useful as a template for similar letters. Our fifth child here on earth, a boy, was born on October 7; now that […]

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Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

Pope Francis Has Single-Handedly Destroyed Catholicism

| 09-18-AD2013 | [226]

…or so you’d think if you got all your information about Catholicism from blog comboxes. Not surprisingly, Pope Francis has been in the news lately. The media jumped on his offhand comments about homosexuals, breathlessly reported on a letter he wrote to an atheist, and made much hay over an interview given by the Vatican’s […]

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Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

Should Francis Take on Birth Control? A Response

| 08-21-AD2013 | [81]

Robert McClory recently wrote an article for the National Catholic* Reporter, opining that Pope Francis should revisit the question of the morality of birth control. As per usual for the Reporter, this dissent from Church teaching contains many problems. Problem #1: Terminology. This is a widespread problem, so I can’t really fault McClory, but his […]

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NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

NFP: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Trust My Body

| 07-24-AD2013 | [8]

Visit this website for more on NFP Awareness Week. Shortly before my husband and I were married in the Lutheran church (in which we’d both been baptized and raised) I began taking birth control pills. I hardly thought about it at all; in my sphere of existence, going on the Pill was just something you did […]

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Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance

Jimmy Carter’s Profound Ignorance

| 06-26-AD2013 | [7]

One of the more popular quotes in Catholic circles is, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” – Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen This truth is all the more evident when notorious anti-Catholics […]

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What a Difference a Decade Makes

What a Difference a Decade Makes

| 05-29-AD2013 | [4]

Today, my husband and I celebrate the tenth anniversary of our joint reception into the Catholic Church. We were confirmed at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, MN, during a noon daily mass. Originally, we were scheduled to be confirmed with the rest of our RCIA class on June 1, the Feast of Pentecost, […]

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Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty?

Can You Be Pro-Life While Supporting the Death Penalty?

| 05-01-AD2013 | [19]

A few weeks ago I was reading the inestimable Simcha Fisher’s excellent National Catholic Register article titled, “Who Is to Blame for Kermit Gosnell?” Since I’m a glutton for punishment, I read the comments as well. Commenter Rob said, as part of a larger comment, “What’s disturbing to me, as a non-Catholic, is the fact […]

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Crazy… and Supremely Blessed

Crazy… and Supremely Blessed

| 04-03-AD2013 | [16]

Happy Easter! Christ is risen! Our holiday was extra special this year, because we shared the joyful news with our families that our fifth child is due to arrive somewhere around October 8! (Personally, I’m hoping for October 4 – feast of St. Francis of Assisi – but with my track record he or she […]

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Does the Bible Condone Abortion?

Does the Bible Condone Abortion?

| 03-06-AD2013 | [27]

A few weeks ago, I was participating in a discussion on Abby Johnson’s Facebook page. I can’t remember the exact topic, but I believe Abby had made a comment among the lines of how more Christian churches needed to stand up for the unborn. One of the commenters (apparently there for the purpose of supporting […]

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Being Sisyphus

Being Sisyphus

| 02-06-AD2013 | [6]

Early last week, I had a rough day. I was tired of commuting, tired of working, tired of constantly feeling like I couldn’t keep up with the laundry, the dishes, the cooking. I found satisfaction in my work, and I knew that my salary was necessary for my family’s financial survival, but trying to balance […]

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