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Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

July 28, AD2014 7 Comments
Immigrant Children: Refugees from Failed States

Bishop Anthony Taylor, ordinary of the Diocese of Little Rock, released a statement concerning the young immigrants who have arrived on our borders. If people understood the hardships of the situation in Latin America, we would not only invoke the inalienable right to immigrate but also the mercy due to refugees.  For many dioceses in […]

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Evangelizing for Life – Chemo While Pregnant

July 25, AD2014 8 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 39 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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Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

July 16, AD2014 16 Comments
Remote Control Contraception: Fertility be Damned!

Imagine sending a text to your body for obligation-free sex. You’ll have to wait until 2018 before this invention goes on sale, but when it does, remote controls will do more than just turn on TV’s and cars. They will turn on and off fertility. Who could have imagined such a thing? Bill Gates—advocate of […]

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Sam-I-Am and the New Evangelization

July 15, AD2014 2 Comments
Sam-I-Am and the New Evangelization

For several years now we have been hearing about the New Evangelization. It seems to mean different things to different people. There are some who view it as the fruit of Cardinal Ratzinger’s 1969 statement, “The church will become small and will have to start afresh more or less from the beginning.” Since Cardinal Ratzinger […]

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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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Spiritual Sisterhood

July 9, AD2014 1 Comment
Spiritual Sisterhood

Girlfriends play a significant role in the lives of young women. This spiritual sisterhood, as I like to call it, is irreplaceable as women encounter the many joys and challenges that come by the very nature of entering adulthood in a broken world. The women in our lives hold us up when we fall, laugh […]

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Declaration of Independence: A Spiritual Angle

July 4, AD2014 2 Comments
Declaration of Independence: A Spiritual Angle

With the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence upon us, it seems fitting to ponder the price of freedom and the meaning of true independence. Many have paid the ultimate price with their very lives in order to help establish the freedoms that America has enjoyed for so long. The selflessness required of soldiers […]

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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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