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Mission of the Family: LOVE

December 15, AD2014 2 Comments
Mission of the Family:  LOVE

This article is the second in a series of introductory essays on the document “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive,” the preparatory catechesis for the eighth World Meeting of Families which will take place in Philadelphia next September 22-27, 2015 with Pope Francis. The first essay on the first chapter is here. This […]

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Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

December 2, AD2014 5 Comments
Response to Abigail Reimel’s “The Curse of the Planner”

I asked Abigail Reimel if I could write a follow up to her article about being a planner (found here). I am about 30 years older than her, and those years have taught me a few things. I hope someone older than me will follow up my article. Abigail brought up some helpful points. Our […]

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The Family: Created For Joy

November 24, AD2014 3 Comments
The Family: Created For Joy

Next September 22-27, 2015 will be the eighth World Meeting of Families and it will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Pontifical Council for the Family and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia have created a preparatory catechesis for this great event in the life of the Church. The document is called “Love is Our Mission: The […]

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Living The Pro-Life Blessing

November 10, AD2014 28 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 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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When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

October 7, AD2014 57 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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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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The Red Sword of ISIS

September 11, AD2014 4 Comments
The Red Sword of ISIS

They bowed their heads to say grace, then started to eat a rare breakfast together when the cell phone rang. The man and his two-and-a-half year old son were the only ones at the table this morning. Normally, they are accompanied by the son’s three older siblings and his mother. Today was different. The others […]

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Time Alone With My Son

September 2, AD2014 1 Comment
Time Alone With My Son

Road Trip! One of my younger kids, my son, is going to be a high school senior this coming school year. He asked me if we could have some “time alone” and go on a road trip to visit various college campuses around our great state of Michigan. With all the kids in our family, […]

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Thoughts from a New Momma

August 28, AD2014 5 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, […]

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NFP: When Is It Permissible to Avoid Pregnancy?

August 20, AD2014 24 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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 12 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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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 […]

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