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The Joys of a Praying Family

The Joys of a Praying Family

| 04-16-AD2014 | [0]

I felt guilty as I told my 5 year old daughter that we weren’t going to pray the rosary one night. She had come to me after she had brushed her teeth, ready and excited to pray. But I was tired and overwhelmed from a day that just seemed to go on and on. All […]

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More Spiritual Care of Patients

More Spiritual Care of Patients

| 04-15-AD2014 | [1]

God gives us all opportunities to be a witness to Him, but Dr. Victor Ajluni wrote a wonderful column illustrating the sacredness of the places our healing professions allow us to go. If you haven’t read it yet, please do yourself a favor and do so. When I returned to the level- 3 neonatal intensive […]

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A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

| 04-07-AD2014 | [4]

God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) God calls us to a life of service for our own good. This was true under the order of original holiness and justice. It remains true despite our subjection to original sin. It continues to be true under the economy of the Redemption, in which we are […]

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What are My Jars?

What are My Jars?

| 04-03-AD2014 | [3]

So far this year has been a little overwhelming. Even though I know that this is “normal” I still often wish for days that just go as planned. With nine children, we have eleven people worth of possible drama and crisis in the family. Even if only a few of them are doing their share […]

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For Whom Do I Run the Race

For Whom Do I Run the Race

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]

The only thing better than seeing a long lost friend is catching up on the twists and turns of your lives. Last night, I happily was able to speak with a friend after almost two years of radio silence. As often happens when two 20-somethings begin chit-chatting after a long hiatus, our conversation turned to […]

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Pope Francis and Reconciliation

Pope Francis and Reconciliation

| 03-31-AD2014 | [7]

There is a visiting priest who regularly fills in when our beloved parish priest is gone. He’s articulate, gets right to the point, and my kids love him—and the funny thing is that his homily is about the very same thing every single time he comes. No matter what the week’s readings are, you can bet that Father R. is […]

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Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

| 03-26-AD2014 | [18]

I read this piece by Simcha Fisher that was a response to this piece by Emma Smith on Catholic Exchange. I thought I would add my piece. I feel like I have a different point of view than both Simcha Fisher and Emma Smith, but I agree with Simcha when she says that marriage is “a […]

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Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play

Living a Holy Life Is Child’s Play

| 03-25-AD2014 | [13]

Just  like C.S. Lewis,  I was Surprised by Joy.  Of course, there are certain serious Catholic bloggers who have a problem with my spirituality. Often traditional, Pre-Vatican ll prophets of doom, who religiously fast and recite prescribed set prayers for hours each day, take the exception to my childlike spirit of joy. Yet this path was […]

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In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

In Defense of ‘Marriage is Work’

| 03-22-AD2014 | [35]

Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from a young woman and it exemplifies a gracious response. She wrote as a young woman engaged to be married and excited about her faith, yet was criticized for not writing as something she is not, a woman with years of experience being married. Please join us in […]

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Parental Bragging and Legacy

Parental Bragging and Legacy

| 03-21-AD2014 | [2]

I tolerate a lot of parental bragging.  I think its great when children know they’ve made their parents proud. I’m happy for my friends and family when their children excel in school, sports, and extra curricular activities, knowing the humongous sacrifices parents made to give these children golden opportunities.  I’m excited that the world’s future […]

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Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

Resolving Medical, Ethical, and Liberty Reproductive Life Issues

| 03-15-AD2014 | [5]

It’s been intensely frustrating, though strangely fascinating as a physician, to see public comments social media regarding the embryonic stem cell and, inevitably, the abortion debate.  The most common difference between the two sides seems to be the disagreement over whether or not the products of conception are a “person.”  If they are not, when […]

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Accepting Miracles: Embracing Mystery

Accepting Miracles: Embracing Mystery

| 03-14-AD2014 | [11]

The modern world heaps scorn on those who have experienced  miracles. This cynical attitude simply serves to coerce most legitimate eyewitnesses into silence; only quacks speak out. As a result, of course, society’s prejudice is simply reinforced. At least Catholics believe in miracles, although sometimes more in theory than in their day-to-day lives.The word “miracle” […]

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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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Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

Making the Church Beautiful Starts At Home

| 03-01-AD2014 | [4]

It began because I’d put off housecleaning. (It’s bad for me spiritually to do this because then I get vexed by time constraints in addition to mess). I went to my two daughter’s room and found a great disappointment. (Again another potential spiritual snare). I’ve been trying to help my daughters take on the responsibility […]

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Media Consumption Habits for Optimal Biz and Life Outcomes

Media Consumption Habits for Optimal Biz and Life Outcomes

| 02-26-AD2014 | [2]

Hours away from Superbowl XLVIII, I could feel hubby’s snoozing vibrations. While Gianna joined her friends for basketball practice, our youngest Benjamin tossed the football, and Ian settled in for some screen time with a new video game. I parked myself on the recliner, laptop on my thighs. I blasted through emails and completed other […]

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Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

Contraception: A Hill Worth Dying On!

| 02-20-AD2014 | [14]

Is contraception “a hill worth dying on”? asks Austin Ruse, one of the Catholic Church in America’s most sage, most lucid commentators. There is no question that the Catholic politician is duty bound to limit and then to stop legal abortion. After all, abortion is the deliberate killing of an innocent human being. Protecting the innocent from […]

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Discovering the Love of God through Marriage

Discovering the Love of God through Marriage

| 02-18-AD2014 | [8]

The love God has for his people is intense, all-consuming, a torrential force of love that is poured out from His heart and on to us. His love is not deserved, earned, or ours to claim as if we were entitled to it. No, it is a freely given gift from a good and merciful […]

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Shattered and Reborn: Positive Suffering

Shattered and Reborn: Positive Suffering

| 01-30-AD2014 | [8]

I once asked a priest what my life would have been like if I had not experienced suffering, if I had married a well-off dentist, had 1.25 kids and lived in an efficient, modern house. He put on a phony, pious face, put his hands together in prayer, and said in a high, mocking voice, […]

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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

| 01-20-AD2014 | [11]

Mothering a large family is my calling and  my vocation.  As a result, I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held […]

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Humanae Vitae: Questions of Conscience

Humanae Vitae: Questions of Conscience

| 01-13-AD2014 | [33]

This is the fourth in a six-part series on Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s profound and heroic 1968 encyclical. The series’ introduction is here. The question of “responsible parenthood” as the Church defines it is taken up here. Questions about the unitive and procreative meanings of sex and why they should not be separated are […]

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The Prophesy of a Christmas Stamp?

The Prophesy of a Christmas Stamp?

| 01-10-AD2014 | [8]

During a recent homily, the priest told a story that I feel is extremely profound and important for today, perhaps even more so than he intended. This priest had gone to the post office shortly before Christmas to purchase “Christmas” stamps for his cards. He had heard in the news that some post office advertisements […]

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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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A Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Lament:  Who’s Evangelized?

A Stay-At-Home-Mom’s Lament: Who’s Evangelized?

| 01-06-AD2014 | [7]

On November 26, 2013, I uttered words that still echo in my mind, words which felt true even if everything that followed refuted that feeling. I said, “I don’t want to be a stay at home mom anymore.” I teared up, and then apologized to my friend for expressing the sentiment. It had been a […]

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A New Year and A New Hope

A New Year and A New Hope

| 12-31-AD2013 | [6]

I do not regret this year coming to a close. For me, 2013 will always be the year when my beloved son, Lawrence C. McClarey, died at the age of 21 of an epileptic seizure during the middle of the night. His death was completely unexpected. Other than what we thought were mild seizures, he had them from […]

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Playing with Dolls and Delayed Motherhood

Playing with Dolls and Delayed Motherhood

| 12-19-AD2013 | [4]

“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (Mk 10:15) Children can be spiritual models for adults. The shepherd children of Fatima and child saints are proof of this, and generally speaking, children have many unique qualities adults should try to preserve. Children […]

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Humanae Vitae: Bonding and Babies

Humanae Vitae: Bonding and Babies

| 12-16-AD2013 | [3]

[This article is the third in a continuing series on Humanae Vitae.  Last time I examined the question of what the Church means by responsible parenthood.] At the very heart of Pope Paul VI’s profound and heroic 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae is the teaching that the marital act has two meanings which ought not be […]

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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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A Salute To The Courage of Newborns

A Salute To The Courage of Newborns

| 12-06-AD2013 | [4]

Although I am a mother of nine and a grandmother to two other little ones, my first encounter with my third grandchild startled me. I was struck by the sheer courage it takes a new soul to begin life in the helpless body of an infant. What I found most startling about this little person, […]

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