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  • Saint Monica: An Evangelist of her Home
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    Saint Monica: An Evangelist of her Home

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    The Church recently celebrated the mysteries of Christ lived out in the person of Saint Monica. I found myself drawn to rereading the beautiful and eloquent Book IX of Saint Augustine’s Confessions that highlights the holiness of Saint Monica as a wife and mother. Saint Augustine’s conversion by the grace of God involved a lifetime […]

  • Mother Teresa and Calcutta in Our Midst
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    Mother Teresa and Calcutta in Our Midst

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    What struck me the most about Mother Teresa when I saw her for the first time was her diminutive size and the rounded hump on her back. It actually startled me for a moment. I had not known she was so short. I immediately attributed the hump to her constant stooping to care for the […]

  • Upcoming Movie, <em>The Nun</em> Tackles Evil Onscreen
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    Upcoming Movie, The Nun Tackles Evil Onscreen

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    The Nun, is a film that releases this September about a priest and a woman who is in training to become a religious sister sent to investigate the mysterious death of a nun at an isolated, ancient convent. Last summer, I was graciously invited by Warner Bros. and the filmmakers to visit their set in […]

  • A Sin Corrected
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    A Sin Corrected

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    30 years ago, my husband, Max, and I were married in the Catholic Church. I was not yet baptized and didn’t belong to any church when I was pregnant with our first child. Max III was born on March 24, 1986. After he was born he developed a strep-B blood infection and wasn’t expected to make […]

  • New in Theaters: <em>Operation Finale</em>
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    New in Theaters: Operation Finale

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    Operation Finale, brings to life one of the most daring covert operations in modern history. Starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley (Gandhi, Schindler’s List) and Golden Globe winner Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi, X-Men: Apocalypse), the film vividly captures the ingenious and brilliantly executed mission to capture Adolf Eichmann, one of the […]

  • Exploring the Mystery of Mary’s Queenship within the Domestic Church
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    Exploring the Mystery of Mary’s Queenship within the Domestic Church

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    O God, who made the Mother of your Son to be our Mother and our Queen, graciously grant that, sustained by her intercession, we may attain in the heavenly Kingdom the glory promised to your children. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy […]

  • Men Just Need to be Men
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    Men Just Need to be Men

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    The culture has been hard on men for decades, but many are rising up against that tide. It’s something that both men and women should get behind. God made us male and female to complement one another, so when men grow stronger, women and families do too. Here are some of my favorite examples below. […]

  • Open Letter to Priests
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    Open Letter to Priests

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    Dear Wounded Fathers, Of course on this brokenhearted day your minds should turn to Ars, that small and despairing French town. The response to this swallowing red-tide of Church evil can be found in there. There, in the secret of its wavy countryside, your comeback lay. Every answer to this omnibus of hierarchical and priestly […]

  • Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!
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    Your Friendly Reminder: Go To Confession!

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    I had one of those terrible moments the other night. You know, the ones where you crush the spirit of your child and know it. It’s awful. I had just sat down with my husband to pray Night Prayer after a long, harrowing day. I was exhausted from the previous night’s insomnia, stressed about our house […]

  • Transfiguration - Just a Stretch of the Legs
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    Transfiguration – Just a Stretch of the Legs

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    Praying the Rosary on the way to work, something new regarding the Transfiguration jumped out at me. You remember the event: While Jesus was at prayer on a mountaintop, Peter, James, and John witnessed Him become “more brilliant than the sun.” Moses and Elijah appeared to Jesus, and the disciples could hear them discussing His […]

  • Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart and the Consecration of the World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
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    Blessed Maria of the Divine Heart and the Consecration of the World to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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    When we think of saints who have promoted devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, we often call to mind the Visitation sister St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and her confessor St. Claude de la Colombière, S.J. And that is for good reason. Although, prior to her, there had been a long history of devotion to […]

  • A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me
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    A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

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    The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me.  I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part […]

  • The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon
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    The Day I Got Kicked Out of a Hair Salon

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    “We do not have a good rapport,” I was told by the salon owner with short red hair as she took off my plastic cape. “I won’t be able to work with you. You need to leave.” Who gets kicked out of a hair salon? But I had rubbed the hairdresser the wrong way and […]

  • IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People - What Can We Do?
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    IRELAND: Empty Churches, Hurting People – What Can We Do?

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    As Ireland prepares for an August visit by Pope Francis, her people are locked in a life and death struggle with the Catholic Church. In a country that is perhaps the most Catholic of any nation in the world, some estimates show that while well over 90% of Ireland’s citizens identify with the church of […]

  • Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult
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    Essential Oils: The Good, the Bad, and the Occult

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    Scents are in everything from cleaners, air fresheners, cosmetics and lotions and even drawer liners. And in recent years, the big business of essential oils promises health and well-being through smells. Who doesn’t like to breathe in a good smell? Taking a deep whiff of chocolate or lavender is pleasant. But if you want to […]