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Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

October 8, AD2014 34 Comments
Six Things to Consider During the Pink Month

Every year, as October comes around, many breast cancer victims like me find themselves inwardly groaning. How can efforts purportedly for our benefit be so tragically off the mark, and even immoral? Yet every year, it seems that the public is somehow transported into a fake pink world of good intentions. Instead of telling you […]

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It Ain’t About the Football

October 2, AD2014 3 Comments
It Ain’t About the Football

I went to see “When the Game Stands Tall,”  the “football movie” as I called it, when I purchased my ticket from the woman at the box office. Though pigskins, helmets and touchdowns frame the narrative, that movie is about far more than football. The film, based on a true story, follows one of the […]

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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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Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

September 5, AD2014 12 Comments
Tuna Melts, Meaning and Marriage

What is a Tuna Melt? The bubbly nine-year-old bounced in the cushioned booth seat after glancing at the menu. “Tuna melt!” she proclaimed. “That’s what I want. A tuna melt!” The waitress smiled. “What kind of cheese do you want on that, miss?” “Cheese?” the girl turned to her mother in a panic. “I don’t […]

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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 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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Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

August 25, AD2014 3 Comments
Who Is The Master Of Our Fate?

I have just discovered that my high school freshman son loves music and listens to vast amounts of it, whenever he gets the chance. Believe it or not, I live in the same house as my son, and I even work from home. However, if you asked me yesterday, “Does your high school freshman son […]

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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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You Can Be With Him In Paradise

August 20, AD2014 6 Comments
You Can Be With Him In Paradise

Jesus said, “Not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but he who does the will of my Father” (Mt 7:21); yet the Good Thief, whom tradition has named “Dismas,” says “Lord,” and Jesus promises him paradise that very day. “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in […]

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