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Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

| 04-14-AD2014 | [4]

Whether we will or not, we must suffer…There are two ways of suffering — to suffer with love, and to suffer without love. The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we […]

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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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Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

| 03-26-AD2014 | [70]

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

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Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

| 03-19-AD2014 | [2]

G. K. Chesterton remarked once that the Catholic Church is larger on the inside than it appears from the outside. Saints come from all walks of life, and pursue their sainthood in multifarious ways. They include such diverse personalities as the gentle, innocent Thérèse of Lisieux, the acid-tongued scholar Jerome, the mirthful mystic Teresa of […]

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Calvary’s Crosses and Conversations

Calvary’s Crosses and Conversations

| 03-15-AD2014 | [3]

Let us recall the gospel narratives of the crucifixion of Christ, and forward to that place called Golgotha. For just a moment, imagine those three crosses erected on Calvary, and how those three were alike. Each cross held a man dying in agony. Each man held a criminal sentence on his head. Each of the […]

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Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

| 03-03-AD2014 | [3]

We all are attracted to the stories. This story begins with a kid who was keying symphonic melodies on the piano only at the age of 3. He studied plane geometry in the second grade. He started playing the violin at 6 years old. By age 11 he was studying the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. […]

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Guidance for Catholics on Prudent End-of-Life Decision Making

Guidance for Catholics on Prudent End-of-Life Decision Making

| 02-18-AD2014 | [8]

The last few weeks have been filled with numerous news stories of end of life issues and interesting online dialogues have taken place. It is not my goal here to rehash some of the earlier conversations. I want to use the momentum of these discussions to introduce you to (or remind you of) some helpful […]

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Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

| 02-10-AD2014 | [2]

Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism is a series of posts about things like albino assassin monks, secret Bible books, pagan Santas and secret councils— popular culture related to Catholicism, sometimes in unexpected ways. If you have a suggestion for a future article, please leave a message in the comments or email me. Prior posts available by […]

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The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

| 02-04-AD2014 | [14]

“Every child a wanted child” has to be one of the more insidious pro-abortion slogans. Think about this silly little euphemism for a second. There are only two ways to ensure a child’s “wantedness”: 1) We start wanting the children we create. or 2) We kill all the unwanted children. The first option is the […]

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Pro-Life Even When it’s Uncomfortable

Pro-Life Even When it’s Uncomfortable

| 02-04-AD2014 | [10]

I was blessed a couple of weeks ago to chaperone a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and to attend the National March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. This was a week of firsts for me. I met my first Nashville Dominican sisters, visited D.C. and several of […]

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Three Kings and a Baby

Three Kings and a Baby

| 01-28-AD2014 | [3]

Having recently celebrated the Epiphany, wherein we commemorate the journey and adoration of three wise, and brave, kings for our newborn Savior ( Matthew 2:1-12), we might also dwell on the decisions of another set of three kings regarding babies. The First Pro-Life Decision Scripture tells us the story of two prostitutes who ask King […]

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Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

| 01-28-AD2014 | [7]

We live in a world of conundrums. The pro-life movement is a perfect example. During the news coverage of the March for Life rally in Washington DC, I was struck by the term that many pro-life advocates continue to use when speaking about a child in the womb: unborn. Of all the prefixes that we […]

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Walk For Life West Coast

Walk For Life West Coast

| 01-27-AD2014 | [1]

Another year, the 10th to be exact, just this last Saturday on a beautiful warm California day, the weather was great, the message was the same, and so was the response from the mass media and the San Francisco City government. Hopefully there will be some who received the message sent out loudly by thousands […]

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My First Fifty Years:  What I’ve Learned

My First Fifty Years: What I’ve Learned

| 01-23-AD2014 | [4]

Eight years ago, I was playing around with Microsoft® Money and found an add-in for investment advice. As part of the program, it asked various questions about my general health background. Being interested, I followed through, answering the questions as honestly as possible then hit the “submit” button. The program digested my answers, thought for […]

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Every Life Matters

Every Life Matters

| 01-22-AD2014 | [7]

Today in Washington D.C. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the annual March for Life. They come from all around the country and the world to stand up for the sanctity of life in the womb. They will bundle up to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures; they will raise their […]

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The Truth About Premature Babies and Pro-Life Arguments

The Truth About Premature Babies and Pro-Life Arguments

| 01-21-AD2014 | [8]

As a professional who cares for childbearing losses and as a Catholic who believes in the sacredness of life, I pay very close attention to how the media treats the subject of childbearing and loss. I am endlessly frustrated that the mainstream media has a near black-out on the topic of perinatal death. Over 50,000 […]

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Now Is the Appointed Time

Now Is the Appointed Time

| 01-16-AD2014 | [8]

Beginnings and endings, finite measures of years meted out for us again and again, season after season, generation after generation, age after age—all amount to little more than markers of time. The clock strikes and we call it an hour. A calendar page turns while a bud blooms or leaves fall or icicles grow, and […]

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How To Be A Biblical Literalist

How To Be A Biblical Literalist

| 01-09-AD2014 | [7]

A few weeks ago, a Facebook friend posted the article “Everyone’s a Biblical Literalist Until You Bring Up Gluttony” by Rachel Held Evans to her timeline. The title caught my eye because it reminded me of several arguments for same-sex attraction that I’d heard in my Lutheran days. Sure enough, the crux of the article […]

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Falling Into the Scapegoat Trap

Falling Into the Scapegoat Trap

| 01-03-AD2014 | [13]

In the Old Testament, the Azazel goat, translated as scapegoat, was one of two goats chosen for a ceremony on The Day of Atonement. The first goat was sacrificed, but a priest would lay hands on the second goat and symbolically transfer all the sin and guilt of the community on to this animal. The […]

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Talking White Trash

Talking White Trash

| 12-27-AD2013 | [4]

People of a certain age ought to remember the routine that made comedian Jeff Foxworthy a household name. And I’ll give just one example: “If you mow your yard, and you find three cars and a couch, you might be a redneck.” What Foxworthy was describing, though, wasn’t really a redneck. No, there’s another name […]

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Uproariously Good News: Religion is Good for You!

Uproariously Good News: Religion is Good for You!

| 12-14-AD2013 | [13]

Recently, I got this shot in the arm of uproariously good news from listening to an interview with author Rodney Stark  on the Al Kresta In The Afternoon radio show on Ave Maria Radio. They were discussing Stark’s newest book entitled  America’s Blessings: How Religion Benefits Everyone, Including Atheists.   Dr. Stark is a Distinguished Professor of the […]

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The Danger of Being Cynical

The Danger of Being Cynical

| 12-12-AD2013 | [6]

Webster’s dictionary defines cynicism as “believing that people are generally selfish and dishonest”. In a recent book study with friends, we discussed a chapter on this very topic. In Paul Miller’s A Praying Life, he describes Satan as the first cynic that made Adam and Eve question God’s intentions. Eve did not want to have […]

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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 Importance of Life Media

The Importance of Life Media

| 11-28-AD2013 | [0]

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being”pro-choice” is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while pro-lifers have to explain our side of the debate, a side that once heard, often changes hearts and minds to aid in the protection […]

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Faith, Hope and Charity: Three Unorthodox Thoughts

Faith, Hope and Charity: Three Unorthodox Thoughts

| 11-24-AD2013 | [3]

Two years ago, at this time, I was at a county jail waiting to be bailed out. I think of it as the lowest point of my life, not just because of the humiliation I experienced during and following the incident, but because God was far removed from my life at the time. However, now, […]

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On Manliness: Perseverance

On Manliness: Perseverance

| 11-13-AD2013 | [17]

Manliness. Thanks to websites like the Art of Manliness, Catholic Gentlemen, Whiskey Catholic and many others, the internet is a buzz with discussion of what makes a man a man. What traits, virtues, and abilities must a man exhibit to be considered a true man, and not an adolescent adult? Is he judged by his […]

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The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning: An Interview with Simcha Fisher

| 11-13-AD2013 | [6]

Have you ever read a book where you find yourself talking out loud in response to what you’re reading? Simcha Fisher’s The Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning (available on Kindle with upcoming publications in Audible and print formats) is definitely one of those books. I can’t remember how many times I said, “Yes!” or […]

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Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

Peter Singer: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Hypocrisy

| 11-11-AD2013 | [48]

As a member of the Homo sapiens species, I have always found it blatantly paradoxical that the very people who purport the stringent ground rules for the legitimacy of life, whether in or outside the womb, healthy or infirmed, are themselves blessed, if not merely lucky, to have survived birth to live  without someone condemning […]

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