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  • Heartbreak, Suicide and God's Endless Mercy
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    Heartbreak, Suicide and God’s Endless Mercy

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    Frequently, when I speak to groups about death and dying, people will share their own stories of loss. At a recent event, a woman came up to me with tears running down her face, to talk about her daughter who had died by suicide. She had been raised as a Catholic, with the idea that […]

  • Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Remedy Against the Culture of Death
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    Enthronement of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Remedy Against the Culture of Death

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    Even as we see our government and our leaders try to solve our problems, it’s clear that we cannot rely on them to solve our spiritual problems. Instead, when we as a civilization open ourselves up to God’s love, he will pour a new anointing of His Spirit upon us.  Our plan must be to […]

  • How to Survive Insomnia
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    How to Survive Insomnia

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    I was asked the other day if I suffer from insomnia? Uh, yes. From time-to-time anyway, and it’s terrible.  I never used to have a problem sleeping. Anybody remember those college days of setting the alarm clock for 10am? And sleeping all the way through the night, until 10am? Yeah, that’s a little pathetic, but […]

  • Good Marriage Prep Matters
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    Good Marriage Prep Matters

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    In my work preparing engaged couples for marriage, I find myself pondering what might have been different for us, if my husband and I would have been required to take the same prep that is currently offered in the Diocese of Phoenix. While we were married in Phoenix over thirty-eight years ago, the marriage prep […]

  • His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He's a Priest
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    His Mother Brought Him to Lourdes, His Heavenly Mother Healed Him, Now He’s a Priest

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    Mothers make great sacrifices for their children, that is widely known. That they are often the gateway to sainthood perhaps less so, and yet, behind every great saint (to steal a phrase), is likely to be an attentive mother. Fr. Christy David Pathiala would probably agree. He speaks of his own mother with great reverence, […]

  • Creative Mother's Day Gifts
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    Creative Mother’s Day Gifts

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    What can you give to the woman who makes the best meatloaf and taught you how to tie your shoes?  Often, children feel that no gift is  enough to thank the woman who loves them like no other, while for mother’s the humblest  of gifts are treasured. Motherhood, when done with love, (yes, some have […]

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    Mary, My Mother

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    In relation to boys, girls have always had a very short childhood, inversely proportional to the wealth of the family. Two thousand years ago in Palestine they were hardly off the breast before they were expected to conform to strict behavior patterns. Little girls grew in the knowledge that they were second class citizens, forever […]