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Praying for the Media

August 15, AD2014 6 Comments
Praying for the Media

This last Sunday was celebrated as “Media Prayer Day” here in New Zealand. It was an initiative of a group of Christian Churches of various denominations. They had a good campaign on social media, with a few local celebrities asking people to pray for the media. Why is it important to pray for the media? […]

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Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less

August 14, AD2014 2 Comments
Not the Ultimate Sacrifice, But Sacrifice None the Less

Sacrifices can create various levels of personal inconvenience or pain. Typically, this pain (which can probably be more accurately described as a discomfort or dislike) is not a physical one, but usually an emotional or attitudinal discomfort. And, to truly be a sacrifice, it should be a deliberate act. Let’s start with the basics. The […]

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God’s Quiet Whisper

August 14, AD2014 9 Comments
God’s Quiet Whisper

The Old Testament reading from this past Sunday comes from one of my favorite passages in the Bible. At the mountain of God, Horeb, Elijah came to a cave where he took shelter. Then the LORD said to him,“Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD;the LORD will be passing by.” A strong […]

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Are Catholic Bishops Living Too Lavishly? CNN Says So

August 14, AD2014 15 Comments
Are Catholic Bishops Living Too Lavishly? CNN Says So

Over the weekend, I came across an article that stopped me in my tracks. The CNN Belief blog lists the residences of many of America’s prominent Catholic bishops, noting their size and value, which they define as “lavish.” It made me think about the morality of how a bishop should live. Recently, Pope Francis, who is known […]

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Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

August 13, AD2014 4 Comments
Planned Parenthood’s 2014 Fails

The year is only a little more than half over, but already it is turning out to be a very bad year for Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest abortion provider. Here are some of the highlights–or in this case, lowlights. “If it’s not broken, don’t fix it,” an old adage goes. So Planned Parenthood’s plan […]

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Funding Your Startup Business

August 13, AD2014 2 Comments
Funding Your Startup Business

It’s not uncommon for women to be swept away with the freedom and flexibility the mompreneur lifestyle offers. However, they overlook the financial realities of being a business owner. And a critical business skill is finessing the funding of a startup business or business expansion. Where should you start? KNOW HOW MUCH YOU NEED TO FUND […]

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Father Ireland and the Fifth Minnesota

August 12, AD2014 1 Comment
Father Ireland and the Fifth Minnesota

One of the titans of the Catholic Church of the Nineteenth Century in the United States was Archbishop John Ireland, the first Archbishop of Saint Paul, Minnesota. Future blog posts will cover his career as Archbishop. This blog post is focused on his service during the Civil War. Ordained a priest only a year, Father John Ireland, […]

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When Life Begins and Why It Matters

August 12, AD2014 35 Comments
When Life Begins and Why It Matters

Part of the strategy of abortion advocates is to cloud the starting point of life so that the act of abortion is seen as inconsequential as removing a wart. Before the routine use of prenatal ultrasounds it was easy to say abortion was just getting rid of a “clump of cells” or a “blob of […]

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Renewal and a New Set of Tires to Boot

August 12, AD2014 2 Comments
Renewal and a New Set of Tires to Boot

My car needed a new set of four tires … badly! I bought a used car that was in pretty good shape and knew it needed a few things before it was “perfect” for my hour long drive, one way, to work. I had not realized that the tires were that bad, even though I […]

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Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

August 11, AD2014 9 Comments
Abortion’s Message: Be Like a Man, with a Helping of Hypocrisy

It is nauseating to hear the pathetic mantra that opposing abortion is opposing women and, in fact, that being pro-life is somehow waging a war on women.  I am having difficulty coming up with a more ironic and absurd claim than this one. Between various studies showing a link between abortion and breast cancer, depression, […]

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The Crippling Consequences of Fear

August 8, AD2014 3 Comments
The Crippling Consequences of Fear

The Desire and the Fear It is so easy to want to start doing better. You read an inspiring article, come across a motivational image, read a book about an awesome saint, or watch a movie about another person who conquered all his difficulties to achieve an ultimate goal, and that desire to be better, […]

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Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

August 8, AD2014 7 Comments
Fetal Homicide is Not Health Care

A Health Care Thought-Experiment Just imagine if there were a morning after pill to rid ourselves of the eating and drinking we consumed the night before. We could wake up, take a pill, and somehow everything we took in over the previous 24 hours was regurgitated (or defecated) and never counted in our caloric intake. […]

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The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
The Feminine Genius is Not Just Barefoot and Pregnant

“I could never stay home barefoot and pregnant with kids all day,” my twenty-four-year-old law student self thought. “I’d be so bored; I’d go crazy! I’ll miss adult conversation. I’ll waste my education. I couldn’t say goodbye to me-time. I won’t be able to afford designer purses and exotic vacations.  I refuse to be a […]

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What Is God Calling You To Study?

August 7, AD2014 5 Comments
What Is God Calling You To Study?

Pretty soon, many students will make the return to college to continue their four year academic odyssey. This group will also include recent high school graduates that will officially become college students. The one question they are sure to be asked will be, “What are you majoring in?” For some, it will bring a quick […]

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The Identity of a Woman

August 7, AD2014 3 Comments
The Identity of a Woman

As if identity politics weren’t bad enough, it’s taken a turn for the bizarre. In New Yorker magazine, Michelle Goldberg tells us of an ongoing struggle between radical feminists and the “transgendered” — a term that includes not only pre-op and post-op transsexuals, but also men and women who for their own reasons wish to […]

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To Lose Sight of the Shore

August 6, AD2014 12 Comments
To Lose Sight of the Shore

I sat quietly in a small room at the hospital waiting to pick up x-rays to take to my doctor. I had discovered a lump in my neck and had tests run. I was nervous as I sat waiting. I observed my surroundings, eyeing everything I could possibly look at, so that I could keep […]

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A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

August 6, AD2014 4 Comments
A Lesson of Beauty in the Wake of Death

Our little city has been reeling. In a very short time, there were two deaths so compelling that they each independently made international news: here and here. In addition, a duo of sisters I am friends with lost a sister of theirs who was a single mom leaving a teen son with no parents or grandparents. […]

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