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Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

Suffering–a Catholic|Jewish Perspective*

| 04-14-AD2014 | [4]

Whether we will or not, we must suffer…There are two ways of suffering — to suffer with love, and to suffer without love. The saints suffered everything with joy, patience, and perseverance, because they loved. As for us, we suffer with anger, vexation, and weariness, because we do not love. If we loved God, we […]

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A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

A Life of Service and Cheerfulness

| 04-07-AD2014 | [4]

God loves a cheerful giver. (2 Cor 9:7) God calls us to a life of service for our own good. This was true under the order of original holiness and justice. It remains true despite our subjection to original sin. It continues to be true under the economy of the Redemption, in which we are […]

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For Whom Do I Run the Race

For Whom Do I Run the Race

| 04-01-AD2014 | [3]

The only thing better than seeing a long lost friend is catching up on the twists and turns of your lives. Last night, I happily was able to speak with a friend after almost two years of radio silence. As often happens when two 20-somethings begin chit-chatting after a long hiatus, our conversation turned to […]

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Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

Wendy Davis, Let’s Talk

| 03-26-AD2014 | [70]

Hey Wendy, that was some filibuster you did as a state senator, last summer. Wow! 11 hours of non-stop talking in an attempt to defeat a bill that would stop abortion on unborn babies capable of feeling pain. Yet, in spite of all that talking, the bill did pass. Don’t blame yourself though. There were […]

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Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

Social Justice at Your Local Restaurant

| 03-24-AD2014 | [18]

So often in conservative circles, being diligent and thrifty with finances is spoken of in the most encouraging terms. We must be responsible with our money and watch every penny. Most often we are being prudent when doing so, but when might we actually be making a mistake with our thrift? As Catholics, many of […]

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<em>God’s Not Dead</em>: A Movie Review

God’s Not Dead: A Movie Review

| 03-21-AD2014 | [9]

God’s Not Dead opened in the theaters today. It’s a movie with a great premise inspired by several true stories. A Christian college student in secular philosophy class is challenged by his atheist professor with an ultimatum, sign a document denouncing God or prove that God’s not dead. If he is unable to convince the […]

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Show me your #ashtag

Show me your #ashtag

| 03-19-AD2014 | [3]

I started a new job a couple weeks ago, and I happen to be in the office on Wednesday mornings. I walked into my office, sat down at my desk, pulled out my computer and began programs on both my desktop and my laptop. Two Wednesdays ago, as I started my morning “analysis,” #ashtags popped […]

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Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

Why You Ought to Come Inside the Church

| 03-19-AD2014 | [2]

G. K. Chesterton remarked once that the Catholic Church is larger on the inside than it appears from the outside. Saints come from all walks of life, and pursue their sainthood in multifarious ways. They include such diverse personalities as the gentle, innocent Thérèse of Lisieux, the acid-tongued scholar Jerome, the mirthful mystic Teresa of […]

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Calvary’s Crosses and Conversations

Calvary’s Crosses and Conversations

| 03-15-AD2014 | [3]

Let us recall the gospel narratives of the crucifixion of Christ, and forward to that place called Golgotha. For just a moment, imagine those three crosses erected on Calvary, and how those three were alike. Each cross held a man dying in agony. Each man held a criminal sentence on his head. Each of the […]

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Sterilization: Is it Getting “Fixed” or Getting Broken?

Sterilization: Is it Getting “Fixed” or Getting Broken?

| 03-12-AD2014 | [2]

Those of us who defend Church teaching on human sexuality often focus on the immorality of contraception: condoms, diaphragms, spermicides, birth control pills, birth control patches, birth control rings, birth control sponges, birth control implants, birth control injections, IUDs… and whatever other contraceptives I am forgetting (I am sure scientists are working on more ways […]

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Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

Bob Buschine: A Child Prodigy and the Social Revolution

| 03-03-AD2014 | [3]

We all are attracted to the stories. This story begins with a kid who was keying symphonic melodies on the piano only at the age of 3. He studied plane geometry in the second grade. He started playing the violin at 6 years old. By age 11 he was studying the Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor. […]

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10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

| 02-28-AD2014 | [3]

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of simple things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for […]

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‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?

‘Sweet Baby Jesus’…Is a Beer?

| 02-22-AD2014 | [11]

A trip to my local Giant grocery store the other night brought an unpleasant surprise. Back near the store’s beer coolers, clerks were stacking case upon case of a new beer. It’s name? “Sweet Baby Jesus,” a ‘craft’ beer brewed and bottled by a local Baltimore company, DuClaw Brewing Company. “Sweet Baby Jesus,” launched about […]

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On Rocky Ground

On Rocky Ground

| 02-20-AD2014 | [3]

“Other seed fell on rocky ground where it had little soil. It sprang up at once because the soil was not deep… And some seed fell on rich soil and produced fruit. It came up and grew and yielded thirty, sixty, and a hundredfold” - Mark 4:5, 8 Though not a frequent camper, I know how easy (or difficult) […]

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Guidance for Catholics on Prudent End-of-Life Decision Making

Guidance for Catholics on Prudent End-of-Life Decision Making

| 02-18-AD2014 | [8]

The last few weeks have been filled with numerous news stories of end of life issues and interesting online dialogues have taken place. It is not my goal here to rehash some of the earlier conversations. I want to use the momentum of these discussions to introduce you to (or remind you of) some helpful […]

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Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

| 02-18-AD2014 | [3]

Mystery: from Latin mysterium or Greek mystērion. Various definitions suggest something secret, private, or not easily understood. We all probably know someone whose life seems to be lived completely online. Always at the top of our Facebook news feed: pics of my new haircut, what’s for dinner tonight, my weight loss updates, before and after […]

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Evangelization: Don’t Argue on the Internet

Evangelization: Don’t Argue on the Internet

| 02-14-AD2014 | [1]

“Non in dialectica placuit Deo salvum facere populum suum” (“It is not by ar­guing that God chose to save His people”).  -St. Ambrose “Fortunately, there have always been pastors who have understood more about theology than most professors.”  -Karl Barth A recent  article in Crisis magazine by James Kalb reminded me of two homilies I […]

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Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

Conspiracy Theories & Catholicism: Frankenstein’s Monster

| 02-10-AD2014 | [2]

Conspiracy Theories and Catholicism is a series of posts about things like albino assassin monks, secret Bible books, pagan Santas and secret councils— popular culture related to Catholicism, sometimes in unexpected ways. If you have a suggestion for a future article, please leave a message in the comments or email me. Prior posts available by […]

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The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

The Sheer Idiocy of “Every Child a Wanted Child”

| 02-04-AD2014 | [14]

“Every child a wanted child” has to be one of the more insidious pro-abortion slogans. Think about this silly little euphemism for a second. There are only two ways to ensure a child’s “wantedness”: 1) We start wanting the children we create. or 2) We kill all the unwanted children. The first option is the […]

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Pro-Life Even When it’s Uncomfortable

Pro-Life Even When it’s Uncomfortable

| 02-04-AD2014 | [10]

I was blessed a couple of weeks ago to chaperone a pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, and to attend the National March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. This was a week of firsts for me. I met my first Nashville Dominican sisters, visited D.C. and several of […]

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Three Kings and a Baby

Three Kings and a Baby

| 01-28-AD2014 | [3]

Having recently celebrated the Epiphany, wherein we commemorate the journey and adoration of three wise, and brave, kings for our newborn Savior ( Matthew 2:1-12), we might also dwell on the decisions of another set of three kings regarding babies. The First Pro-Life Decision Scripture tells us the story of two prostitutes who ask King […]

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Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

Proclaiming Life: Preborn vs. Unborn

| 01-28-AD2014 | [7]

We live in a world of conundrums. The pro-life movement is a perfect example. During the news coverage of the March for Life rally in Washington DC, I was struck by the term that many pro-life advocates continue to use when speaking about a child in the womb: unborn. Of all the prefixes that we […]

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Walk For Life West Coast

Walk For Life West Coast

| 01-27-AD2014 | [1]

Another year, the 10th to be exact, just this last Saturday on a beautiful warm California day, the weather was great, the message was the same, and so was the response from the mass media and the San Francisco City government. Hopefully there will be some who received the message sent out loudly by thousands […]

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My First Fifty Years:  What I’ve Learned

My First Fifty Years: What I’ve Learned

| 01-23-AD2014 | [4]

Eight years ago, I was playing around with Microsoft® Money and found an add-in for investment advice. As part of the program, it asked various questions about my general health background. Being interested, I followed through, answering the questions as honestly as possible then hit the “submit” button. The program digested my answers, thought for […]

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Every Life Matters

Every Life Matters

| 01-22-AD2014 | [7]

Today in Washington D.C. hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate in the annual March for Life. They come from all around the country and the world to stand up for the sanctity of life in the womb. They will bundle up to protect themselves from the frigid temperatures; they will raise their […]

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The Truth About Premature Babies and Pro-Life Arguments

The Truth About Premature Babies and Pro-Life Arguments

| 01-21-AD2014 | [8]

As a professional who cares for childbearing losses and as a Catholic who believes in the sacredness of life, I pay very close attention to how the media treats the subject of childbearing and loss. I am endlessly frustrated that the mainstream media has a near black-out on the topic of perinatal death. Over 50,000 […]

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Now Is the Appointed Time

Now Is the Appointed Time

| 01-16-AD2014 | [8]

Beginnings and endings, finite measures of years meted out for us again and again, season after season, generation after generation, age after age—all amount to little more than markers of time. The clock strikes and we call it an hour. A calendar page turns while a bud blooms or leaves fall or icicles grow, and […]

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