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NFP Saved My Life and My Marriage

July 23, AD2014 1 Comment
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 13 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 25 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 7 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 4 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 41 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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In a Matter of a Moment

May 14, AD2014 5 Comments
In a Matter of a Moment

I was talking to a friend today about her son’s upcoming graduation from high school. Two of my own children have graduated already and so I understand all those feelings that are bubbling just below the surface of her calm exterior- pride, worry, joy, hope, astonishment, wonder, elation, and even sadness. Each feeling filling her […]

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“We Know” A Mother\’s Day Essay

May 11, AD2014 9 Comments
“We Know” A Mother\’s Day Essay

I cannot presume to understand the relationship between a woman and her mother. To her, the word “Mother” represents both her origin and her destiny. And she need not, by any means, be a biological mother. Some of the finest “mothers” who have ever lived had no earthly husband, no children of the womb. Haven’t […]

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More Spiritual Care of Patients

April 15, AD2014 3 Comments
More Spiritual Care of Patients

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

March 31, AD2014 7 Comments
Pope Francis and Reconciliation

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

March 25, AD2014 13 Comments
Living a Holy Life Is Child\’s Play

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

March 21, AD2014 2 Comments
Parental Bragging and Legacy

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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