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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 1 Comment
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 25 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 3 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 3 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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Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

June 25, AD2014 113 Comments
Morality Clauses: I Have a Problem

I really want to work for the organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. I grew up in a family that occasionally attended PETA events, usually on Christmas (to protest the abuse of the enslaved reindeer, forced to haul an obese septuagenarian around the world in a single night) and Easter (to protest the […]

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Make-Up and Martyrdom—And Wake-Up Calls

June 19, AD2014 1 Comment
Make-Up and Martyrdom—And Wake-Up Calls

Tonight I was awakened from a rather long nap to the EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network) and Johnnette Benkovic’s very fine program by the name of “Women of Grace.” May I first say that, as a proud nearly 60-year-old type of guy I inwardly groan and generally turn the channel quickly when such shows are […]

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How to be a Hero to the Long-Suffering

June 8, AD2014 11 Comments
How to be a Hero to the Long-Suffering

Everybody loves a story with a hero’s victorious ending.  Folks rally around watching with sustained interest dramatic battles between good guys and bad guys, or the patient battling an illness laying claim on his body, or the underdog standing up to a corrupt entity.  We love it when, after the blood, sweat, and tears, justice […]

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Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

May 29, AD2014 9 Comments
Reassurances for Anxiety from Scripture and the Saints

Everyone faces anxiety. A child embarks off without you, a difficult exam is next week, you have no idea what to expect at a job interview – we face all of these scenarios and more daily. By itself, anxiety is just an emotion like any other. There is nothing bad or sinful about it. God […]

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Blessed Cardinal Newman and the Conscience

May 28, AD2014 12 Comments
Blessed Cardinal Newman and the Conscience

Moral relativism bothers me for numerous reasons, but the greatest annoyance I have is relativism’s consistent use of illogical reasoning and justification. Besides selfishness, relativism’s only consistent attribute is being illogical. I find this frustrating because several friends buy into relativism lock, stock, and barrel without a second thought. By illogical I should say I […]

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I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

May 19, AD2014 26 Comments
I’m a Criminal, a Bigot, and my Rosary is on Your Ovaries

Recently, after successfully getting through airport security, I began to reassemble my luggage and myself. I overheard the man behind me apologize. “Oh, I’m sorry, I thought containers could be 4 ounces.” “No, sir, it’s 3.5 ounces.” I watched a TSA agent confiscate the offending items in the quest for safer skies. I did not […]

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