Author Archive: Leila Miller

Leila Miller is a wife and mother of eight children who has a penchant for writing and a passion for teaching the Catholic Faith in simple ways. This summa cum laude Boston College graduate also loves to debate atheists, advocate for special needs orphans, and attempt the matchmaking of young Catholic singles (not necessarily in that order). All of the above is accomplished on her three blogs: Little Catholic Bubble, Orphan Report, and the invite-only Catholic Moms Matchmaking.

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Sterilization: Is it Getting “Fixed” or Getting Broken?

Sterilization: Is it Getting “Fixed” or Getting Broken?

| 03-12-AD2014 | [2]

Those of us who defend Church teaching on human sexuality often focus on the immorality of contraception: condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, birth control pills, birth control patches, birth control rings, birth control sponges, birth control implants, birth control injections, IUDs… and whatever other contraceptives I am forgetting (I am sure scientists are working on more ways […]

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The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

| 02-04-AD2014 | [14]

“Every child a wanted child” has to be one of the more insidious pro-abortion slogans. Think about this silly little euphemism for a second. There are only two ways to ensure a child’s “wantedness”: 1) We start wanting the children we create. or 2) We kill all the unwanted children. The first option is the […]

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Catholic Parenting: What I’ve Done Right

Catholic Parenting: What I’ve Done Right

| 01-07-AD2014 | [37]

As parenting goes, the Lord knows I’ve done a lot of things wrong. But there are a few things I’ve done right. After mulling over my 22 years of rearing eight children (and asking the older kids for their thoughts), I have come up with my three indispensable keys to effective Catholic parenting: Moral formation is […]

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Adoration:  Guess Who’s in the Neighborhood?

Adoration: Guess Who’s in the Neighborhood?

| 11-12-AD2013 | [13]

As I drive around town shuttling kids to and fro, I pass by one or more Catholic churches. On my good days, I remember Who is inside, and I make a quick head bow and the Sign of the Cross as I pass. Sometimes I think of all the cars whizzing by these churches, with occupants going […]

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Scrupulosity: A Little Bit of Hell

Scrupulosity: A Little Bit of Hell

| 10-15-AD2013 | [71]

Do you never feel forgiven no matter how many times you confess your sins? Do you obsess over blasphemous thoughts that invade your mind against your will? Do you agonize about whether or not something you’ve done is sinful, even when other faithful Catholics and even your priest assure you that it’s not? Is your […]

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The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed

The Day the Air Conditioning Man Told Me He Got Fixed

| 09-17-AD2013 | [103]

A friendly young air conditioner tech came over to check the system at our home. Small talk led to him asking, “So how many kids do you have, anyway?” “We have eight.” Shocked, laughing, “Oh, are you crazy?!” I was not offended; I could sense a good heart. ”Ha ha, well, two are in college, and […]

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Why It’s Hard to Dialogue With Secularists and Leftists‏

Why It’s Hard to Dialogue With Secularists and Leftists‏

| 08-20-AD2013 | [106]

My blog title, Little Catholic Bubble, is a bit tongue-in-cheek. I love my faithful Catholic friends, but I also enjoy engaging the left, mostly secular humanists, in cultural debates. Three main frustrations, however, make it hard to have a productive discussion. The first frustration is the tendency by many liberals to duck out early. I […]

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Dissenting Catholics and the Conscience‏

Dissenting Catholics and the Conscience‏

| 07-23-AD2013 | [55]

A dissenting or “cafeteria Catholic” will often assert that as long as one follows his conscience, he is in good standing with the Church. Well, not exactly. Sometimes we come across anti-Catholic statements from anti-Catholic groups identifying as “Catholic”, which are riddled with errors such as this commonly accepted falsehood: In any case, Catholic theology […]

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Who is Obsessed With Sex?

Who is Obsessed With Sex?

| 06-25-AD2013 | [5]

You’ve heard it a million times, repeated as some sort of secular gospel: the Catholic Church is simply obsessed with sex. This obsession with the Church’s supposed obsession makes me scratch my head, for two reasons. First of all, because I went to mass every Sunday of my life for my first 18 years, and […]

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Pope Francis Knows the Difference Between Redemption and Salvation. Do You?

Pope Francis Knows the Difference Between Redemption and Salvation. Do You?

| 05-28-AD2013 | [50]

Secularists and believers alike seem confused by the recent words of Pope Francis when he affirmed that all people, even atheists, are redeemed: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone!” Despite what one […]

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A True Story

A True Story

| 04-30-AD2013 | [18]

A few years ago, I was part of a group that taught a “Back to Basics” class in our parish. The goal was to educate Catholics about the fundamentals of our faith, since so many of us received weak formation growing up. My topic one night was contraception. I presented the biblical, historical and logical […]

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Protestants: It’s Time to Come Back

Protestants: It’s Time to Come Back

| 04-02-AD2013 | [71]

To my Protestant brothers and sisters: It’s time to come back to Mother Church. We want you, we need you, we love you. I’ve spent a lot of time in dialogue with activist atheists recently, and the direction we are going is not pretty. We are witnessing a rapid cultural decline into amorality. Satan seeks […]

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The Pope is Not as Powerful as You Think

The Pope is Not as Powerful as You Think

| 03-05-AD2013 | [8]

Even as the Cardinals meet in the Conclave to elect the next pope, misunderstandings about the nature of the papacy abound. For example, many people believe that the pope wields a strong and potentially tyrannical power over his flock. The concept of an infallible teacher leads them to imagine a dictator (even if benevolent) who […]

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Can Non-Catholics be Saved?

Can Non-Catholics be Saved?

| 02-05-AD2013 | [6]

The short answer is yes. Non-Catholics and non-Christians can be saved. The Catechism of the Catholic Church sums it up this way: 1260 Every man who is ignorant of the Gospel of Christ and of his Church, but seeks the truth and does the will of God in accordance with his understanding of it, can […]

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