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Cheryl Dickow
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“So That . . .” Prayers

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When I taught religion in a parochial middle school, part of my weekly responsibilities included writing the Prayers of the Faithful that would be read by a middle school student in our weekly Mass. I loved this part of my job! Actually, I loved every part of my job. For the first few years—before the […]

Karen J Rinehart
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That Was Then. This Is….Gross.

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If her unrealistic body proportions weren’t enough of a controversy and reason for parental and feminist outrage, now Barbie has tattoos. Hang on–before you think Tattoo Barbie is going to be your daughter’s Must Have or Die Christmas Gift, don’t. Only 7,400 dolls were made and they’ve already been swooped up by “collectors”.  And by […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Searching for a Moral to Story of Immorality

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Halloween came and went, but Marion Salmon Hedges wasn’t able to hand out the hundreds of dollars worth of candy she purchased for the underprivileged children who annually visit her Manhattan neighborhood. Instead, she has spent the past 10 days in a medically induced coma at New York’s Harlem Hospital Center. Mrs. Hedges was the […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Report Abuse to Police, Not Higher-Ups

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The story related in last week’s Pennsylvania grand jury report had all the ingredients of a classic sex abuse scandal: a popular, successful authority figure suspected for years of molesting boys, a host of higher-ups unwilling to report him to police and a trail of vulnerable children left to suffer unspeakable violations while powerful adults […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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The Parable of the Talents

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I’ve seen it time and time again. Someone decides to seek a better paying job, or pursue an investment strategy, or launch a new business. Invariably some pious person in the parish objects that maybe this is too worldly, that it will be a distraction from Church and family priorities, that one should be satisfied […]

Daniel Pipes
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Friendless in the Middle East

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The Arab upheavals of 2011 have inspired wildly inconsistent Western responses. How, for example, can one justify abiding the suppression of dissidents in Bahrain while celebrating dissidents in Egypt? Or protect Libyan rebels from government attacks but not their Syrian counterparts? Oppose Islamists taking over in Yemen but not in Tunisia? Such ad hockery reflects […]

Karen J Rinehart
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Here We Go Again

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Why do I act shocked every time the stores pull out the Christmas merchandise before I’ve purchased Halloween candy (which has been sharing shelf space with the Back to School supplies since August)? Why do I let it gross me out year after year? I know it’s going to happen. But still…. I wandered into […]

Peggy Bowes
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Win One of Five Copies of the Little Angels DVDs by Roma Downey

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Beautiful Irish Catholic actress and mother Roma Downey has produced a new series of DVDs for children called Little Angels. I recently interviewed Roma about the new series, her favorite charity and her devotion to the Blessed Mother. To celebrate the release of Little Angels, Grace Hill Media, a company that promotes quality entertainment for faith-based […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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Personhood Begins when Life Begins

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Most news reports about Mississippi’s proposed “personhood amendment” have cast the measure’s pro-life sponsors as the aggressors in a brand-new phase of the abortion wars, one in which abortion opponents rely on clever linguistic tricks to launch an unprecedented attack on abortion rights. That storyline omits one important fact: Abortion-rights advocates are the ones who […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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Foolish and Wise Bridesmaids

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“The religion thing can wait. After all, I believe in God and am basically a good person. I really did intend to go to church this morning, but last night’s dancing took a lot more out of me than I thought and I had one drink too many. I’ll catch it next week. I’ll pray […]

Louie Verrecchio
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The Rosary: A Weapon of Mass Instruction, Part 4

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We continue our reflection on the mysteries of the rosary as a means of entering more deeply into the sacred mysteries made present in Holy Mass with an examination of The Glorious Mysteries. 1. The Resurrection of the Lord And in the end of the Sabbath, when it began to dawn towards the first day […]

Peggy Bowes
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Angels, Smiles, and Saints: An Interview With Roma Downey

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When most people think of Roma Downey, they think of angels due to her long-standing role as Monica in Touched by an Angel.  It will probably come as no surprise that she is the executive producer of an exciting new DVD series for children called Little Angels.  She took a few minutes out of her […]

Russell Shaw
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The Vatican — Highly Relevant on Financial Reform

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There’s a widespread impression that the international financial system which the United States and its friends put in place after World War II is breaking down. The old system may of course be patched up and limp along for some time to come, but sooner or later something else will take its place. What that […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Occupiers Prove Point of Column in Emails

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If my email is any indication, the great divide in our nation is not between the haves and the have-nots, but between the literate and the folks who never learned the difference between there, their and they’re. Trust me, they’re out there, spouting off their strongly held opinions and punctuating their diatribes with veiled threats […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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The Pharisees’ Pride

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A hundred and fifty years before Christ, they were the good guys.  The Greeks were in charge and decided that, if they were to unify their kingdom politically, they needed to unify it religiously.  So they imposed Greek ways on the Jews, including worshiping idols and eating pork.  You can read about the Jew’s military […]

Colleen Carroll Campbell
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A Heavy Toll for Today’s Young Women

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In August, when HBO released a documentary about feminist icon Gloria Steinem, critics knew in advance what to expect. HBO executive Sheila Nevins made it clear that the finished product would be not biography but hagiography, “an inspirational film about St. Gloria,” as she put it in one interview. The film lived up to its billing, […]

Cheryl Dickow
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Are you Interested in Spiritual Direction?

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Many, many years ago, people who wanted to live more fully for God — to know Him more intimately in their daily lives and see themselves in His more truthful light — would  often seek guidance from an Ascetic who was, more than likely, living in the desert.   I find Asceticism fascinating. It was almost as […]

Karen J Rinehart
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The Big Bang Theory, Bus Stop Mommies Style

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“Hey Ruth, your hair looks so cute!”   Fiddling with her headband, Ruth’s weak, “Thanks.” sounded more like an apology.  “I’m letting my bangs grow out so now this is about the only way I can wear it.” Five genuinely empathetic female heads turned towards Ruth to offer a combination of condolences, encouragement and hair taming […]

Louie Verrecchio
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Shining the Light of Truth on Anti-Semitism

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Anti-Semitism must be exposed by the light of truth so it can be soundly defeated – the operative phrase here being the light of truth, and by this I mean whole and entire; with neither attenuation nor ambiguity. On this, surely all can agree. In practice, however, this appears to be a real challenge for […]

Daniel Pipes
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Obama’s Misplaced Mideast Optimism

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Confidently commenting on the execution of Libya’s long-time dictator, Barack Obama stated that “the death of Mu’ammar al-Qaddafi showed that our role in protecting the Libyan people, and helping them break free from a tyrant, was the right thing to do.” About his own decision to pull all U.S. troops from Iraq in two months’ […]

Marybeth Hicks
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Can’t We Battle Bullying Without Politics?

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If there’s one thing virtually everyone can agree on, it’s that bullying is bad. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by Care.com, a caregiver referral company, revealed that bullying is the No. 1 concern of parents of school-aged children — even more so than the fear of kidnapping. We’re all more aware of, and alarmed […]

Louie Verrecchio
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Needed: Political Leaders that Serve Christ the King

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I recently came across a perennially timely quote by William Penn — the colonial American proponent of democracy and religious freedom who founded Pennsylvania: “A people who will not be ruled by God are destined to be ruled by tyrants.” Even though Penn was a Quaker who was harshly critical of other faiths, in particular those […]

Msgr. Richard Soseman
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Rain and Sun

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A few years back, a Princeville, Illinois family I know hosted an Italian teen for the summer. This young man enjoyed many parts of his summer, but was mystified by the weather. In the rural Midwest, during the summer, a storm can pass every few days or so, so that at least three or four […]

Marcellino D'Ambrosio, Ph.D.
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The Radical Rabbi and the Great Commandment

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They are at it again.  In this Sunday’s gospel Jesus’ opponents enlist a lawyer to do what lawyers do best- ask a question that puts a person on the hot seat.  “Which commandment of the law is the greatest?” (Matthew 22:34-40).  If the law consisted in only the Ten Commandments, this would be tough enough.  […]

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