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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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The Hell There Is!

August 30, AD2014 5 Comments
The Hell There Is!

We’ve all witnessed or experienced it. The screaming and squirming child that does everything in his power to thwart the parent’s efforts to love him and sooth him in his sadness, anger or fear. Sometimes as a parent, no matter how hard we try, our efforts to love seem to bounce off our children instead […]

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Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

August 30, AD2014 3 Comments
Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

How do we gain true humility? How well do we really know ourselves? Recently, for spiritual reading I’ve been reading St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. It’s a book I tried to read before, but it was a bit forced, and never had much impact. This time, I feel like she wrote that book just for […]

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The Casual Catholic Men

August 25, AD2014 27 Comments
The Casual Catholic Men

What Are “Casual Catholic Men”? There is a Catholic “man-crisis.” Large numbers of Catholic men, while not rejecting the faith explicitly, have implicitly rejected the faith because of a lack of commitment.  They are like an empty suit; the clothes are there, but the man is not. These are Casual Catholic Men, men who are casual […]

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Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

August 22, AD2014 13 Comments
Throwing Cold Water on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Trendy — it’s all the rage in today’s works of charity. Never mind that the theological virtue of Charity should be a staple in the lives of any Catholic worth his salt (or leaven). That’s a topic for another day. Our hyperactive culture has found more and more ways to call our fleeting attention to […]

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Frustrations in Prayer

August 21, AD2014 48 Comments
Frustrations in Prayer

Fr. Ronald Knox, an English Catholic of the early 20th century and convert, gave retreats and talks to lay people to help them deepen and improve their spiritual life. In his Spiritual Guidance for Christian Living: A Retreat for Lay People, he gathers two dozen talks and homilies written for lay people and the troubles […]

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Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

August 11, AD2014 9 Comments
Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

It is nauseating to hear the pathetic mantra that opposing abortion is opposing women and, in fact, that being pro-life is somehow waging a war on women.  I am having difficulty coming up with a more ironic and absurd claim than this one. Between various studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer, depression, […]

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A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

August 6, AD2014 4 Comments
A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

Our little city has been reeling. In a very short time, there were two deaths so compelling that they each independently made international news: here and here. In addition, a duo of sisters I am friends with lost a sister of theirs who was a single mom leaving a teen son with no parents or grandparents. […]

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God’s Gift to Man–The Transforming Power of Music

August 5, AD2014 7 Comments
God’s Gift to Man–The Transforming Power of Music

“Music has power to soothe the savage breast.” William Congreve, The Mourning Bride  “This so-called ‘music,’ they would have to concede, is in some way efficacious to humans. Yet it has no concepts, and makes no propositions; it lacks images, symbols, the stuff of language. It has no power of representation. It has no relation […]

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The Ocean of God’s Mercy

August 1, AD2014 13 Comments
The Ocean of God’s Mercy

The cool waters of the shoreline keep lapping at my ankles, and I sink deeper into the spiky sand with the pull of each outgoing wave. Remaining upright becomes an art, with the sea tugging at my footing and the horizon tugging at my eyes and heart. Swelling beyond the last reaches of land, beyond […]

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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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Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

July 24, AD2014 84 Comments
Contraception: Sexism’s Greatest Ally

Something I have always found so intriguing within the parameters of women’s rights debates and feminist issues is how incredibly sacred contraception is to so many women today. It is lauded as a non-negotiable, absolutely critical component to female liberation and body autonomy, a major player in women’s rights and freedom. What joy it is […]

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Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

July 22, AD2014 4 Comments
Contraception Leads to Abortion: Come and See

For most of my teen years and early twenties, I openly opposed abortion. When I was occasionally asked if I opposed contraception, too, I always responded like this: “No, I don’t have a problem with contraception, because contraception prevents abortions!” Everyone always agreed with my answer, because it was common sense: Widespread acceptance and use of contraception […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

July 18, AD2014 4 Comments
Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My Dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness. Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my way through […]

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The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

July 12, AD2014 7 Comments
The Benefits of Talking to Your Family About Death

My family has never been one to shy away from talking about death. A number of factors contributed to that being a normal part of the fabric of our family, and my late husband used to have something he would say regularly. He would reference his wishes for his eventual death by saying, “I hope I […]

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Facebook: 5 Ways It Can Bless Your Life

June 27, AD2014 9 Comments
Facebook: 5 Ways It Can Bless Your Life

Facebook is a vastly overused, much maligned facet of social media. Of that there can be no denial. We’ve all read stories of mothers neglecting their children to play some inane game. Dinners burn or go uncooked and families fall apart because a virtual ‘relationship’ got in the way. Other, smaller, proofs of the downside of […]

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Caesar’s Thumb

June 26, AD2014 102 Comments
Caesar’s Thumb

“The sophistry is overwhelming: If I choose and desire my child, then ipso facto I have granted it the right to live, and it will live. But the inverse is equally the case, by means of nothing more or less than my choice: Caesar’s thumb is up, or Caesar’s thumb is down.” Lord Nicholas Windsor, […]

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