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Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

November 21, AD2014 0 Comments
Dissecting Gossip and Sins of the Tongue

There is a popular story about a woman who had confessed the sin of gossip. For her penance she was told to go to the top of a nearby hill, pillow in hand, and cut it open. Shaking all the feathers into the wind, she had to go collect every last feather from the wilderness […]

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Living The Pro-Life Blessing

November 10, AD2014 13 Comments
Living The Pro-Life Blessing

A few years ago when a journalist interviewed me for an article on Mother’s Day for our city’s major paper, she asked me if I ever regretted not using my degree to pursue a career. I simply stared at her in shock for a few moments, my mind blank. “No”, I finally stuttered, “the thought […]

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The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

November 10, AD2014 50 Comments
The Attractiveness of the Christian Message

I know this is old news now, but so is the resurrection of Jesus. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family that ended on October 19, 2014, was extraordinary not only because of it’s session being a necessary preliminary discussion of issues in preparation for the Ordinary Session next year, but for the extraordinary difference in the […]

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Oppression Versus Service

November 3, AD2014 6 Comments
Oppression Versus Service

The other day I was watching a show on the OWN network (don’t judge me, I love Oprah). The show was about single motherhood. I have been a single mom. I would say that I was a single mother even while married to my first husband because anytime he went on a binge, I was […]

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The Idol of Safety

October 31, AD2014 16 Comments
The Idol of Safety

Those calls a mother dreads. I have received a number of them in the past few weeks. “Mom, I was hit by a car while riding my bike;” “My financial aid package may not go through;” “Tonight I might be arrested.” Sometimes I think my fears feel magnified being a soul-surviving parent. The days of […]

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Why Contraception is Wrong

October 28, AD2014 93 Comments
Why Contraception is Wrong

Biblically, the story of Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 was a blunt enough message for the first nineteen centuries of Christianity: preventing children by artificial means was offensive to God. So much so that God summarily killed Onan for it (Gen 38: 8-10). Worse, after Christ’s resurrection, Catholics and protestant theologians gave Onan the dubious […]

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A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

October 23, AD2014 74 Comments
A Thought from the Synod On Mercy and Justice

From confusing interim reports to troubling cardinalatial quotes, the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family provided us with a truckload of interest and intrigue over the last two weeks. And after all the discussion and debate about polygamy and divorce and homosexual unions, after all the rancor and politicking and surprises and such, we […]

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A Grandmother’s Legacy: Faith, Family, Zest for Life

October 21, AD2014 2 Comments
A Grandmother’s Legacy: Faith, Family, Zest for Life

The Good Ole Days of Family & Faith The sometimes overwhelming feeling that Catholicism, Christianity, and faith-based initiatives are being replaced by secularism, government, and radical “religious” terrorism can be daunting. History, however, shows us that this is not new. The pendulum swings back and forth throughout human existence. I worry, though, for my grown […]

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Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

October 17, AD2014 16 Comments
Don’t Fear the Synod on the Family

I’ve traversed the murky waters of the reportage going on concerning the Extraordinary Synod on the Family for the past week or so. There have not been many breaths of fresh air in the smog of blogdom, as far as I can see. On the other hand, the vitriol is plentiful. What finally threw me […]

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When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

October 7, AD2014 56 Comments
When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

When our children are young, their doctors are our partners. They guide and aid us in ensuring our children are as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, about the time our children hit adolescence and start to look at us with a jaded eye, their medical providers are doing the same thing. All too often, we are […]

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Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

October 1, AD2014 18 Comments
Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

My husband called on his way home from work, tired and hungry. He had been in Atlanta since before the sun came up, and now he was stuck in traffic. He still had to go back to his office, which meant passing our house (which was still 25 miles away from where he was) and […]

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Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

September 27, AD2014 21 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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Marriage: ‘Bergoglio’ Approves Shacking Up?

September 22, AD2014 94 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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12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

September 19, AD2014 21 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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15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones

September 18, AD2014 3 Comments
15 Tips for Surviving Mass With Little Ones

I have been sitting in mass with small children since I became Catholic in 1994. There were times when it was more difficult and times when it was less difficult, but it is always an exhausting experience. Rewarding at times, but still a workout. Many times people have come up to me and told me […]

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Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children

September 16, AD2014 25 Comments
Why I Never Should Have Had Eight Children

Long ago, I wrote a blog post explaining how to raise eight children without even trying. Today, I’m going to tell you why I never should have had eight children in the first place. Had I listened to the devil and modern conventional wisdom, that is. When I was a happy mother of four, seriously considering […]

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Killer Grandparents

September 12, AD2014 8 Comments
Killer Grandparents

Across the country, pro-lifers battle for parental consent laws so that a girl as young as twelve can’t just walk into an abortion clinics and abort her baby. We know all too well that Planned Parenthood chronically aborts babies of young teens even to the point of helping to cover up sex trafficking of minors. […]

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