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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 22 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 23 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 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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A Father’s Blessing

July 9, AD2014 9 Comments
A Father’s Blessing

My daughter entered a local monastery to start off on her path in life as a cloistered Carmelite nun. Since she was a little girl, I have always sensed she would one day become a nun. She is only 19 years old, very beautiful inside and out, and a joy who will be greatly missed […]

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What Truly Belongs To You?

July 5, AD2014 5 Comments
What Truly Belongs To You?

Ownership – it’s a funny thing human beings have struggled with since Adam and Eve. Since Creation we have never had enough. It is the desire to have more that led Adam and Eve to pick the forbidden fruit. It’s greed, one of the seven deadly sins, that often leads to mortal sin and crimes of slander, theft, assault, […]

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Having Children is Good for Couples

June 5, AD2014 2 Comments
Having Children is Good for Couples

Is it really? What about traveling, going out at night and working on your career? Don’t kids put a damper on relationships? As with anything that is really worth it, having children is difficult. Yet, as with anything that is really worth it, the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. I’ve heard Professor Janet Smith say in […]

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Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

June 2, AD2014 42 Comments
Humanae Vitae and Family Size—Should We Have a Big Family?

This is the final column 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 […]

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