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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 0 Comments
Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

Pope Francis has repeatedly urged us to evangelize. His oft repeated message calls us to share the word of God where we are, saying, “The Church must be in the streets”. As a passionate pro-life advocate, my participation in this call often centers on the sanctity of life. As His creatures, God’s first gift to […]

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Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 18 Comments
Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

Something I have always found so intriguing within the parameters of women’s rights debates and feminist issues is how incredibly sacred contraception is to so many women today. It is lauded as a non-negotiable, absolutely critical component to female liberation and body autonomy, a major player in women’s rights and freedom. What joy it is […]

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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 1 Comment
NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

The following is a series of blog comments posted by Heidi in the comboxes at the blog Little Catholic Bubble. I found her story so moving and inspirational that I asked her if I could consolidate her comments into a blog post in honor of NFP Awareness Week, and she graciously agreed. I’ve done some editing to the text that […]

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In Defense of the Elders

July 22, AD2014 8 Comments
In Defense of the Elders

Action, fantasy, westerns, or any movie including a hero and a villain will usually peek my interest. The Marvel films captured my imagination’s child-like side. The side which wants to believe in the ultimate triumph of good through the feats of a few broken yet resilient individuals who refuse to admit defeat for no other […]

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Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

July 22, AD2014 17 Comments
Is This Love? Surrogates, Same-Sex Couples, and Motherless Babies

The story of two homosexual men in Texas who became fathers of twin boys via a surrogate appeared in my Facebook feed a couple of weeks ago, posted by a woman voicing her support for the men and her anger over their legal predicament. Each man is the biological father of one twin, and each wants […]

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There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us

July 21, AD2014 15 Comments
There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us

We have seen them in our imagination when we first hear of a pregnancy. We may see them in an ultrasound and marvel as they show us the first outlines of their tiny selves. It is a self that will not soon enough burst out into the open air with a loud hello that informs us that our lives […]

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It Is Good That You Exist

July 12, AD2014 25 Comments
It Is Good That You Exist

I have been reading Elizabeth Scalia’s blog for a year or so now and she always gets me thinking. Lately she has repeated the words of Pope Benedict, “It is good that you exist,” which had me thinking about how many of us long to hear those words. Most people hear those words, maybe not […]

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Spouse-Sexual

July 11, AD2014 6 Comments
Spouse-Sexual

There is a lot of talk about “heterosexual” and “homosexual” out there. They are terms and notions so causally tossed around that to question them is the ultimate social sin. However, I would say that in general these terms are used as cookie-cutter categories to justify a “fate” view of sexuality or to reduce sexuality […]

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The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family

July 10, AD2014 12 Comments
The Secret to Converting Your Friends and Family

There’s someone out there you want to see safely home in the Catholic Church, right? Someone you know would be the next St. Augustine, if he found truth and decided to work for truth for the rest of his life.  You’ve been evangelizing to him by buying books and videos, posting articles on social media, […]

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A Father’s Blessing

July 9, AD2014 7 Comments
A Father’s Blessing

My daughter entered a local monastery to start off on her path in life as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Since she was a little girl, I have always sensed she would one day become a nun. She is only 19 years old, very beautiful inside and out, and a joy who will be greatly missed […]

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The Fragility of Human Life

July 7, AD2014 5 Comments
The Fragility of  Human Life

A couple of months ago,  I realized how fragile  human life really  is when I almost lost a daughter during childbirth.  During labor, she almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section. Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people […]

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What Truly Belongs To You?

July 5, AD2014 4 Comments
What Truly Belongs To You?

Ownership – it’s a funny thing human beings have struggled with since Adam and Eve. Since Creation we have never had enough. It is the desire to have more that led Adam and Eve to pick the forbidden fruit. It’s greed, one of the seven deadly sins, that often leads to mortal sin and crimes of slander, theft, assault, […]

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Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

July 5, AD2014 2 Comments
Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

Roller coasters are a centerpiece of the amusement park, a common summer vacation destination for many families including ours. While there is some danger involved in riding them, roller coasters can be safe when properly designed and tested. Engineers understand what forces a body can comfortably withstand. Proper measures are taken to ensure the cars […]

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