Subscribe via RSS Feed

Family

Thoughts from a New Momma

August 28, AD2014 3 Comments
Thoughts from a New Momma

Just over two months ago, I was joined in sacramental union to my beautiful bride, and before the ink had even dried on our marriage certificate, God saw fit to add to our joy and our number by blessing us with a baby on the way. In the week or so after we received this news, […]

Continue Reading »

A Kindness to My Papi

August 25, AD2014 7 Comments
A Kindness to My Papi

We all thought Papi was being a big baby when he stopped leaving the house. In the past year, he had become needy, asking us to drive all the way to his house to buy his groceries at the supermarket that was literally across the street from his apartment. We were frustrated that he was […]

Continue Reading »

Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

August 24, AD2014 6 Comments
Pro-Life Messages in Ten Popular Movies

Often Christians lament the darkness in the world around us. War, abortion, euthanasia, and murder are regular occurrences even in our own communities. No wondering Saint Pope John Paul II labeled now as “the culture of death” in Evangelium Viate. Yet, hope remains. Sometimes when we focus so much on the evil, we fail to […]

Continue Reading »

NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 19 Comments
NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

On Facebook, I’m in several Natural Family Planning (NFP) groups, and the same question pops up on a regular basis:  “What reasons justify using NFP to avoid pregnancy, according to the teaching of the Church? Is there a list?” I’ve scoured encyclicals, papal letters and addresses, and several scholarly tomes on the subject, I’m confident […]

Continue Reading »

Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

August 8, AD2014 7 Comments
Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

A Health Care Thought-Experiment Just imagine if there were a morning after pill to rid ourselves of the eating and drinking we consumed the night before. We could wake up, take a pill, and somehow everything we took in over the previous 24 hours was regurgitated (or defecated) and never counted in our caloric intake. […]

Continue Reading »

The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

“I could never stay home barefoot and pregnant with kids all day,” my twenty-four-year-old law student self thought. “I’d be so bored; I’d go crazy! I’ll miss adult conversation. I’ll waste my education. I couldn’t say goodbye to me-time. I won’t be able to afford designer purses and exotic vacations.  I refuse to be a […]

Continue Reading »

Everyone Is Wrong About Sex

August 4, AD2014 69 Comments
Everyone Is Wrong About Sex

In case you missed it, I used my debut post on Catholic Stand to suggest that contraception may not be the great and mighty liberator of women that it’s chalked up to be, and maybe, just maybe, it does more harm than good. The blog garnered a decent amount of response, much of which expressed […]

Continue Reading »

But I Don’t Know How to Pray – Being God’s Mouthpiece

August 2, AD2014 8 Comments
But I Don’t Know How to Pray – Being God’s Mouthpiece

I lay there, cuddled in bed with my littlest guy and reminded him that we needed to say bedtime prayers before our story. He looked at me with those big, beautiful, innocent eyes and said, “But Mommy, I don’t know how to pray.” I knew what he meant. I’d been there myself not that long […]

Continue Reading »

Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

July 28, AD2014 9 Comments
Catholic Dads Must Read Scripture!

Jesus was a master teacher, the greatest teacher who has ever lived, for He is the Only Son of God. There can be no human teacher who can approach the wisdom of Jesus Christ. One might say with certainty that the Bible is the greatest textbook ever written, for in it is absolute Truth, written […]

Continue Reading »

Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 11 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 […]

Continue Reading »

Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 84 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 […]

Continue Reading »

NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 2 Comments
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 […]

Continue Reading »

In Defense of the Elders

July 22, AD2014 21 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 […]

Continue Reading »

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

July 22, AD2014 189 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 […]

Continue Reading »

There Are Tiny Catholics Among Us

July 21, AD2014 19 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 […]

Continue Reading »

It Is Good That You Exist

July 12, AD2014 26 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 […]

Continue Reading »

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 […]

Continue Reading »