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I Didn’t See It Coming

October 8, AD2014 43 Comments
I Didn’t See It Coming

Am I the only one that did not see this coming? This week, on Oct. 6, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand appellate rulings in favor of same-sex “marriage.” I did not realize the keg of dynamite had been lit and was just waiting for the Supreme Court to allow the explosion of same-sex marriages […]

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Prayer: Keep The Lights On

October 7, AD2014 17 Comments
Prayer: Keep The Lights On

One fine day, bouncing along the potholes of a boulevard in New York, the driver of the car in which I was a passenger proclaimed in increasingly shrill tones as we passed a cloistered convent: What a waste of life!! What good do those nuns do? They’re not helping anyone! They’re not doing any good […]

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The Perfect Relationship

October 7, AD2014 4 Comments
The Perfect Relationship

I found a magical lamp when I was a little girl. I’m not sure exactly how old I was, but my guess is about 8 or 9 if not younger. It was on Sunday when the Pastor at the First Baptist Church gave the altar call. I remember looking at everyone going up there and […]

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Satan and Blogging

October 7, AD2014 11 Comments
Satan and Blogging

I have always been fairly indifferent to the hits my blog posts receive, possibly since blogging makes up 0.00000 % of my  income.  However, over the years I have noticed that certain topics usually do draw massive amounts of hits.  Here are the top ten: 1.   Anything with Satan in the title. 2.   Sarah Palin-A sure […]

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When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

October 7, AD2014 56 Comments
When Your Child’s Doctor Becomes Your Enemy

When our children are young, their doctors are our partners. They guide and aid us in ensuring our children are as healthy as possible. Unfortunately, about the time our children hit adolescence and start to look at us with a jaded eye, their medical providers are doing the same thing. All too often, we are […]

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When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

October 3, AD2014 5 Comments
When Good Catholics Are Bad People Part II

In part I, we looked at what forgiveness was and wasn’t. But along with prayer and receiving the Sacraments for aid, how can we put it into practice? In his book Forgive For Good, Luskin gives a number of strategies: 1)  Don’t confuse a lack of motivation to forgive with an unforgivable offense. If you were […]

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The Sinner Marching Next to Me

October 3, AD2014 98 Comments
The Sinner Marching Next to Me

I love weekday morning Mass at my church. It is personal, loving, and closer to what I think the Masses must have been like for the early Christians. Only people who really need to come to Mass come to 8am; and we greet one another like old pals walking into the neighborhood bar. We know […]

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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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The Catholic Church Is All About Rules!

October 2, AD2014 20 Comments
The Catholic Church Is All About Rules!

How many times have you heard this statement before? The Catholic Church is mentioned in conversation and all anyone can say is, “The Church is about rules! Rules, rules, rules!” This comment is usually made by someone who feels they are perfectly capable of making decisions without the interference of religion. When I was teaching […]

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Reflections on Mass and Marriage

October 1, AD2014 2 Comments
Reflections on Mass and Marriage

There have been times when I realized a day was a Holy Day of Obligation and I bristled at the idea of fitting Mass into my schedule. I love Mass, but even with numerous times to pick from it felt like a hardship if there wasn’t one that perfectly fit my schedule. I’ve hardly ever […]

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Stop Begging for Money and Teach Stewardship

October 1, AD2014 20 Comments
Stop Begging for Money and Teach Stewardship

Home for me is a 16 foot travel trailer at a camping “resort” in San Antonio, Texas. One afternoon last week, I was sitting in my lawn chair under the awning, which serves as my living room, when I saw my friend Adam walk by. He was carrying a plastic bag of Hot Pockets and […]

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Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

October 1, AD2014 18 Comments
Is Christ the Head of Your Home?

My husband called on his way home from work, tired and hungry. He had been in Atlanta since before the sun came up, and now he was stuck in traffic. He still had to go back to his office, which meant passing our house (which was still 25 miles away from where he was) and […]

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Hearing the Still Voice in a Noisy World

September 30, AD2014 6 Comments
Hearing the Still Voice in a Noisy World

The Danish philosopher Soren Kierkegaard once wrote: If I could prescribe just one remedy for all the ills of the modern world, I would prescribe silence. For even if the word of God were proclaimed in the modern world, no one would hear it; there is too much noise. Therefore, create silence. And to think […]

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Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

September 30, AD2014 10 Comments
Provoked With Their ‘No-God’

The rhetoric of the American Revolution was mild compared to that of the French Revolution. In Great Britain the monarchy had long since been replaced by the republican form of government by those exercising political power enabled by the power of the new economy. The American colonies merely seceded from the union of Great Britain. […]

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Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

September 27, AD2014 21 Comments
Pope Francis Calls for Synod on the Family

In just a few days, from October 5th-19th, Pope Francis will hold a very special and rare event. An extraordinary synod, a meeting of select bishops to discuss matters of extreme and immediate importance will be held. Pope Paul VI reinstated the synod in 1965 to receive advice on specific subjects. Since that time, only two […]

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“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

September 27, AD2014 8 Comments
“As we forgive those who trespass against us.” Part I: Free Will and Divine Providence

 Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?  Matthew 18:21 (KJV) “I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” Deuteronomy, 30: “To be a Christian means to […]

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Holy War, Catholic Style

September 26, AD2014 6 Comments
Holy War, Catholic Style

The headlines are graphic and sickening. Christians are being murdered systematically in the Middle East. It seems that while we look on in horror, the world is simply standing and staring in amazement. Unfortunately in some cases, even apathy prevails. As the Senate Armed Services Committee held hearings on the matter this week, they were interrupted twice by […]

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