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More Spiritual Care of Patients

More Spiritual Care of Patients

| 04-15-AD2014 | [2]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support Catholic Style

The Churching of Women: Postpartum Support Catholic Style

| 11-23-AD2013 | [11]

Once upon a time in colonial America, there was something called a “lying in” period. This was the time, typically a month or so, following childbirth when a community would rally in support of a new mother. She would rest, regain her strength, and bond with her baby while the community kept up the household. […]

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Humanae Vitae:  Responsible Fatherhood

Humanae Vitae: Responsible Fatherhood

| 11-18-AD2013 | [30]

[This article is the continuation in the Kevin Aldrich's Humanae Vitae series.] The moral evil of intentionally separating the unitive sexual act from its procreative end is at the heart of Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae Vitae. In 1968, in a well-orchestrated media event, dissident Catholic theologians condemned and distorted Paul VI’s encyclical before it was […]

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Saying ‘Not Now’ to the Supreme Gift: The ‘Gravity’ of NFP

Saying ‘Not Now’ to the Supreme Gift: The ‘Gravity’ of NFP

| 11-12-AD2013 | [43]

Transmitting human life is serious business. Not only that, transmitting human life is a *most* serious business. Pope Paul VI says in the opening line of his prophetic encyclical Humanae Vitae, “The transmission of human life is a most serious role (munus gravissimum) in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator.” […]

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Adoption:  More Than Just an Option

Adoption: More Than Just an Option

| 11-07-AD2013 | [8]

 “My birth mother gave me life so my mother could teach me how to live it.”  ~ Jacqueline, an adoptee ~ November is designated as National Adoption Awareness Month, however, it seems to be less recognized or celebrated than other social awareness campaigns. When many people hear the word “adoption” they more closely associate the […]

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Examining Scouting Choices

Examining Scouting Choices

| 10-16-AD2013 | [48]

My husband wrote what I consider to be an excellent letter to our parish the other day, and he gave me permission to post it in case others like him would find it useful as a template for similar letters. Our fifth child here on earth, a boy, was born on October 7; now that […]

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NFP Book an Accidental Bestseller

NFP Book an Accidental Bestseller

| 10-14-AD2013 | [2]

Popular blogger Simcha Fisher’s first book, The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, became a bestseller overnight after Fisher accidentally published the e-book a month early. “I freaked out when I realized it was live, but I couldn’t figure out how to take it down. The next morning it was a number one bestseller on Kindle,” […]

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Fingerprints and Mud Splatters

Fingerprints and Mud Splatters

| 10-02-AD2013 | [2]

In August we celebrated our oldest son’s graduation from high school. You might be wondering why we waited until August to celebrate. Because we homeschool we have the luxury of doing things on our own time. This included our graduation celebration. We wanted to make sure family could travel to be here and that other […]

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Be Not Afraid, Be Not Mean

Be Not Afraid, Be Not Mean

| 10-01-AD2013 | [16]

In my work with newly bereaved families (in perinatal death) and in my life experiences of suffering, I have seen a strange dynamic over and over and I finally was able to see this behavior repeated enough to learn something from it. Most of us probably consider ourselves as “nice” most of the time and […]

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A Letter to Isabella

A Letter to Isabella

| 09-26-AD2013 | [3]

In a few short weeks my wife Miriam and I will be welcoming our first born, Isabella. The approaching of this holy and awesome life-changing event has, in recent weeks, caused me to pause time and again to reflect on my hopes and prayers for my daughter and the world she will someday help to […]

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Divorce is No Answer to an Unhappy Marriage

Divorce is No Answer to an Unhappy Marriage

| 08-31-AD2013 | [9]

Leo Tolstoy is frequently quoted from his classic novel Anna Karenina as saying how all happy families are the same, but unhappy families are all unhappy in different ways. I disagree and feel that he got it backward. Happiness is infinite in its variety, and happy people and happy families can find their joy in […]

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Pregnancy and the Catholic Father

Pregnancy and the Catholic Father

| 08-29-AD2013 | [6]

Roughly six months ago, after many prayers, tears and anxious months of waiting, my wife, Miriam, and I learned with great joy that we are expecting our first baby later this year. The months of anticipation since have been filled with the typical joys and nervous concerns that I suspect all parents experience particularly with […]

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Dear Daughter, Let Miley Cyrus Be a Lesson To You

Dear Daughter, Let Miley Cyrus Be a Lesson To You

| 08-28-AD2013 | [28]

Dear Daughter, Let Miley Cyrus be a lesson to you. Yes, this is what happens when you constantly hear that everything you do is awesome. This is what happens when people fawn over your every Tweet and Instagram photo. This is what happens when no responsible adult has ever taught you that you are created […]

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OrderWeedNess

OrderWeedNess

| 08-26-AD2013 | [2]

The city I live in thinks my family has a problem with the virtue of orderliness. An inspector has just sent me an “Environmental Violation Ticket” alleging that our property has on it “rank growth of weeds ten inches or over in height.” If we don’t correct this offense within five days, the city will […]

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As For Me and My Household: Helping the Faith Thrive at Home

As For Me and My Household: Helping the Faith Thrive at Home

| 08-25-AD2013 | [2]

Last Saturday, August 17, the Mass readings contained one of my favorite Bible verses. Joshua 24:15, If it is displeasing to you to serve the LORD, choose today whom you will serve, the gods your ancestors served beyond the River or the gods of the Amorites in whose country you are dwelling. As for me […]

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Butt Rag

Butt Rag

| 08-14-AD2013 | [1]

Bringing our uglies into the light begins to dismantle the hold our vices have on us. Opening our chest of less than stellar moments encourages others to do the same. My vices of impatience and moving too fast led to this shame-filled, poor performing parental moment. Running late to school Gianna, our 9 year old,  uncharacteristically […]

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