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Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

December 12, AD2014 45 Comments
Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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Being One, Holy and Catholic

October 31, AD2014 13 Comments
Being One, Holy and Catholic

Holy People in Daily Life Several rolling, rural counties of Northeastern Ohio are home to the largest Amish community in the world. Ohioans are very accustomed to passing by buggies, bicyclists, plain white houses with black and purple laundry on the line, and horses — hundreds of horses, who do the work in this idyllic […]

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The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

October 28, AD2014 8 Comments
The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

Where Senses Fail Without love, life would be miserable. Thankfully, we always have the love of God — every minute that we are alive, and whether it is tangible to us or not. The paths of life can sometimes be so dark that no light seems to permeate the blackness of sorrow, sickness, or despair. […]

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Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

October 24, AD2014 17 Comments
Stop Rushing and Be in God’s Presence

Each day is a rush from beginning to end for many people. Scarf down breakfast, run to catch a bus, work all day, pick up the children from school, clean the house, mow the lawn, edit homework late into the night – most of us can barely fit everything that needs to be done into […]

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Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

September 26, AD2014 275 Comments
Season of the Doubtful Heart; the Autumn of Emotion

And God said, “Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to separate the day from the night; and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years.” (Genesis 1:14) Dark green mountainsides, weary of standing sentinel throughout summer, are slowly changing hue while September pours herself out upon […]

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The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

September 25, AD2014 10 Comments
The Screwtape Epilogue: Pastor Pens Letter Welcoming Planned Parenthood

The Rev. Walter Baer of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in New Orleans has penned a letter that could be an epilogue from the C.S. Lewis classic. Screwtape would be proud of this one. The words practically slither off the screen. Rev. Baer is pleased to welcome the new Planned Parenthood clinic to his […]

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Signs From Heaven

September 20, AD2014 5 Comments
Signs From Heaven

I used to have a strange, very naive idea that I would be closely united with my father after his death. I know that we are united with the communion of saints, and that death no longer separates us (Romans 8:38-39). I believe we can pray to the saints, and even pray to and pray […]

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Save the Storks in Delaware

September 19, AD2014 13 Comments
Save the Storks in Delaware

Friends, I have a very important message for you today, but I’m not going to be the one to convey it. Instead, I’m going to let my good friend, Nicole Collins, a wonderful pro-life warrior, deliver it in my stead. Please consider contributing to this very worthy cause, and if you are unable to contribute […]

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12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

September 19, AD2014 21 Comments
12 Thoughts on Marriage As We Approach Our 40th Anniversary

As Holy Mother Church plans the World Meeting of Families, my husband and I are approaching our 40th wedding anniversary. As a child bride of 17 marrying her high school sweetheart, I felt the invincibility of our union with the passion of youth. Now, some four decades later, I’d like to reflect on what we’ve […]

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Faith Without Hope

September 18, AD2014 14 Comments
Faith Without Hope

Ephemeral Hope I possess an intellectual spirituality that makes me shy away from an outward display of faith filled emotions. I prefer internal intensity. Also, I also fear how such emotions are temporary. Ephemeral feelings should not be the foundation of the spiritual life. Although, we certainly benefit from the good times, those windswept moments […]

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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 6 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 4 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 29 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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