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Catholics and the Bible

November 7, AD2014 15 Comments
Catholics and the Bible

I was watching the American Bible Challenge on TV one evening, starring Jeff Foxworthy. I didn’t do too well on the questions that they were asking the contestants. The show is very entertaining, but also very protestant. The questions tend to be surface-level at best, which are not very challenging or insightful. Christians need to […]

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When Communion is Like Sex Outside Marriage

November 6, AD2014 8 Comments
When Communion is Like Sex Outside Marriage

I looked down at the half loaf of French bread that had just been handed to me. The Evangelical pastor had called it the body of Christ. It was the night before elections and a dozen comrades in the battle to pass a prolife measure were gathered to socialize and pray together. Half of us […]

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Sources of the Protestant Devolution

November 6, AD2014 50 Comments
Sources of the Protestant Devolution

Protestant Descent Into Secularism In June of this year, the largest Presbyterian denomination in America voted to allow their clergy to perform same-sex “marriages” within the church, thus joining the ranks of other Protestant denominations, such as the Evangelical Lutheran Church, Episcopalian Church, and United Church of Christ. This “evolution” of theology and “modernizing” of […]

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How To Handle People Who Are Negative About Your Business

November 5, AD2014 6 Comments
How To Handle People Who Are Negative About Your Business

Unless you’ve kept your mom biz aspirations a secret, you’ve experienced it: those comments and looks about your dream life and business. “But, will you really make money, or will it just be an expensive hobby?” “Here we go again. How many of these are you going to try before you finally give up?” “It […]

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Quotes Suitable For Framing: Abraham Lincoln

November 4, AD2014 18 Comments
Quotes Suitable For Framing:  Abraham Lincoln

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” This was their majestic interpretation of the economy of the Universe. This was their lofty, and wise, and noble understanding […]

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Elections and Eternity

November 4, AD2014 19 Comments
Elections and Eternity

Election and Division The juxtaposition of All Soul’s Day and Election Day should cause us to pause and ponder. The first is a feast designed to remind us that we are not created merely for this temporal existence but for eternity. We pray for the dead because we know their souls live on. Election Day, […]

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Oppression Versus Service

November 3, AD2014 6 Comments
Oppression Versus Service

The other day I was watching a show on the OWN network (don’t judge me, I love Oprah). The show was about single motherhood. I have been a single mom. I would say that I was a single mother even while married to my first husband because anytime he went on a binge, I was […]

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When Randomness Becomes Superstition

November 3, AD2014 53 Comments
When Randomness Becomes Superstition

Randomness refers to thought. Generally, randomness designates the ignorance of order. Specifically, it is the logical process of defining a population or set of new sets based on the composition, i.e. the probabilities, of a logical source set. In contrast, if reality were materially random, i.e. lacking order at the level of materiality, experimental science […]

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The Idol of Safety

October 31, AD2014 16 Comments
The Idol of Safety

Those calls a mother dreads. I have received a number of them in the past few weeks. “Mom, I was hit by a car while riding my bike;” “My financial aid package may not go through;” “Tonight I might be arrested.” Sometimes I think my fears feel magnified being a soul-surviving parent. The days of […]

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The Curse of the Planner

October 31, AD2014 6 Comments
The Curse of the Planner

A Planner Plans Everything … Except Surrender Ever since I can remember, I have been a planner. When a person loves making lists and has always been taught to be goal-motivated, I think it is impossible for him to escape becoming a compulsive planner.  From the smallest things to the biggest ones, I have a […]

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Being One, Holy and Catholic

October 31, AD2014 13 Comments
Being One, Holy and Catholic

Holy People in Daily Life Several rolling, rural counties of Northeastern Ohio are home to the largest Amish community in the world. Ohioans are very accustomed to passing by buggies, bicyclists, plain white houses with black and purple laundry on the line, and horses — hundreds of horses, who do the work in this idyllic […]

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The ‘School’ of Life!

October 30, AD2014 1 Comment
The ‘School’ of Life!

Schools serve a unique and necessary role within society. Their main purpose is to educate and inspire, yet they also serve as places for safety and community building. Schools are environments where students can expand upon their God-given gifts, talents, and abilities while receiving careful supervision that nurtures strong, healthy relationships, and leads to ongoing […]

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A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

October 30, AD2014 18 Comments
A Crash Course on Purgatory (Or Why You Should Care about Purgatory)

I’ve been in jail more times than I’d like to count, and certainly more times than I intended.   I’ve forgotten the names and faces of incarcerated clients, but I remember vividly the feeling of walls on every corner of a cell entombing me, the menacing glint of ankle cuffs, the fwoosh of an airtight door […]

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Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

October 29, AD2014 2 Comments
Everything Matters in What You’re Busy About

It is not enough to be busy: so are the ants. The question is: What are you busy about? – Henry David Thoreau I recently took a couple of daylong drives into the mountains of Colorado. On the first excursion, I visited Estes Park, traveled down the Peak-to-Peak Highway, hiked at Brainard Lake and took […]

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Tearing Down Your Altar to Baal

October 29, AD2014 7 Comments
Tearing Down Your Altar to Baal

In the Book of Judges, we read about the Israelites and their struggle to stay faithful to God following the death of Joshua. Many times throughout the book, God provides a “deliverer” to bring the Israelites out of the oppression or danger they are experiencing. The Israelites stay faithful for a while, but then they […]

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Why Contraception is Wrong

October 28, AD2014 93 Comments
Why Contraception is Wrong

Biblically, the story of Onan in Genesis Chapter 38 was a blunt enough message for the first nineteen centuries of Christianity: preventing children by artificial means was offensive to God. So much so that God summarily killed Onan for it (Gen 38: 8-10). Worse, after Christ’s resurrection, Catholics and protestant theologians gave Onan the dubious […]

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The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

October 28, AD2014 8 Comments
The Darkness of Sin and the Light of Love

Where Senses Fail Without love, life would be miserable. Thankfully, we always have the love of God — every minute that we are alive, and whether it is tangible to us or not. The paths of life can sometimes be so dark that no light seems to permeate the blackness of sorrow, sickness, or despair. […]

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