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Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?
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Will New Saint Bring New Allies to UN Abortion Debates?

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Mother Teresa’s canonization in Rome reverberated at an event in UN headquarters where top diplomats praised the saint as the very essence of the UN’s mission even if they had opposed her message on life and family issues in the past. “Mother Teresa is the United Nations,” the Secretary-General, Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, said when […]

Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel
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Keeping Company with Saint Michael the Archangel

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Our three year old daughter Liz was in the backseat of the car while my wife was driving.  Mom made a wrong turn. “Grrr,” my wife grumbled, “wrong turn!” From the backseat Liz’s voice chimed:  “Recalculating!” That made my wife crack-up.  But while Mom was laughing out loud, Liz didn’t see the humor. “That’s what […]

Parental Rights on the Line: VidAngel Being Sued by Disney
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Parental Rights on the Line: VidAngel Being Sued by Disney

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VidAngel is the market-leading entertainment platform empowering users to filter language, nudity, violence, and other content from movies and TV shows. It continues to earn a surge of grassroots support as the company prepares for its preliminary injunction hearing in late October. Disney—along with Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, and Lucasfilm—has taken legal action to […]

Book Review: Mary's Way
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Book Review: Mary’s Way

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Mary’s Way: The Power of Entrusting Your Child to God by Judy Landrieu Klein is the latest offering in the CatholicMom.com book collection. In the Introduction, Klein states that “it is among a mother’s most important labors to pray diligently for her children.” She also offers two life lessons that she has learned from motherhood: […]

Meant to Be
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Meant to Be

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On September 22, 1290 Bilbo Baggins was born.  The year given for his birth, of course, is in Shire Reckoning: The Shire being that happy part of Middle-Earth inhabited by those sensible and unpretentious folk called “Hobbits.” To that salt-of-the-earth Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, there comes one day an amazing summons.  The call to participate in […]

Longing for Internal Peace
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Longing for Internal Peace

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In the 11 th Chapter of Isaiah we read “The wolf will live with the lamb, The leopard shall lie down with the kid, He calf and the lion and fatling together, And a little child shall lead them.” The imagery is of a future time of universal peace. There is an innate longing deep […]

A Basket of Dreadfuls
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A Basket of Dreadfuls

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Dreadfuls: Catholic scandals, lying about Zika, and animal personhood It is not all that surprising that we seem to be living in an environment slowly sinking into total madness. Individual egos appear to have made facts a non sequitur in the quest to satisfy personal concepts of what is and is not right. Catholics for […]

Faithful Catholic Scholars Fight Back Against Dissent From Humanae Vitae
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Faithful Catholic Scholars Fight Back Against Dissent From Humanae Vitae

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On the same day dissenting theologians are presenting a statement at the United Nations in New York intended to change Catholic Church teaching on contraception, more than 500 Catholic intellectuals released their own statement affirming the Church’s teaching during a press conference yesterday at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. The statement of […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 25, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 25, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Amos 6:1, 4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 6:11-16 Responsorial: Psalm 146:7-10 Gospel: Luke 16:19-31 Responding to God’s Call and Mission for Our Lives Lying at his door was a poor man. (Luke 16:20) Some theologians believe that few will go to heaven. Other […]

Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters
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Why the Prophetic Voice of Pope Paul VI Still Matters

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Those of us who live in prosperous countries may not realize the full impact of the contraceptive ideology around the world. You know the ideology I mean: everyone old enough to give meaningful consent is entitled to unlimited sex without a live baby showing up. We tend to think governments should allow people to obtain […]

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
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Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows

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The Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows is celebrated on September 15th. This feast recalls the seven scriptural references to Mary’s heartache. For a woman who “kept all these things in her heart,” (Luke 2:51) that heart knew a great deal of pain. Heartache often goes hand in hand with parenting. With great love and […]

We Must Obey God Rather Than Men
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We Must Obey God Rather Than Men

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At the time that I am writing these words 200 Canadians have been euthanized under Canada’s new assisted suicide law. The medical killings begin to mount. One might think the battle to save suicidal sick and disabled people is lost. One Catholic bioethicist stated this defeatism. A May 1st 2016 article appeared in the Catholic […]

Feast of the Holy Cross
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Feast of the Holy Cross

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Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 18, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Amos 8:4-7 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 2:1-8 Responsorial: Psalm 113:1-2, 4-8 Gospel: Luke 16:1-13 Being Generous Stewards of God’s Gifts and Graces No servant can serve two masters. (Luke 16:13) Have you heard about the dying man who won the lottery? Concerned that […]

Lawsuit of Fired Catholic School Employee Attacks Religious Freedom
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Lawsuit of Fired Catholic School Employee Attacks Religious Freedom

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A recently filed lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Newark is the latest legal challenge to the religious mission of Catholic schools and their First Amendment freedom to protect that mission. While portrayed in the media as a question of discrimination, the issue is whether or not a Catholic school has the right to expect employees […]

Pamela Anderson: The New Mary Magdalene?
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Pamela Anderson: The New Mary Magdalene?

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A preface to this article: I remember as a teenager how both the Internet and my hormones were exploding. I spent many a nights using dial up modems lusting after the latest digital pin-up. Front and center in my quest was the blond bombshell named Pamela Anderson. During the 90s, she was the crown jewel of all […]

World Suicide Prevention Day (But Not for the Sick and Disabled)
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World Suicide Prevention Day (But Not for the Sick and Disabled)

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day! It’s a time to promote suicide prevention for people everywhere — except the sick and disabled. Depending on where they live, they get help killing themselves. In Canada, we now have legal assisted suicide for Canadians “who have a serious and incurable illness, disease or disability.” I meet […]

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It’s the Kerygma, Stupid

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Kerygma [ku-RIG-muh]: preaching of the gospel of Christ, especially in the way of the early church. That’s me. I’m the stupid one.  I might also add fumbling, unprepared, tongue-tied and more, but mostly I was stupid.  Indeed I knew better, that evening years ago, seated at the town-square café with Petra, my first friend in […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 11, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 11, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Exodus 32:7-11, 13-14 2nd Reading: 1 Timothy 1:12-17 Responsorial: Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 Gospel: Luke 15:1-32 Forgiving Others as God has Forgiven Us This man welcomes sinners. (Luke 15:2) Fifteen years ago today, we saw the twin towers at the World Trade […]

Pokémon Go and Its Untapped Potential in the New Evangelization
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Pokémon Go and Its Untapped Potential in the New Evangelization

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Even people who have no interest in Japanese culture or anime are suddenly aware of Pokémon Go. So popular, according to Google Analytics, it has surpassed even pornography as the most accessed thing on the internet. (See the Newsweek report here). The game has been covered in the media, discredited by disgruntled homeowners, and brought […]

Book Review: Praying with Mother Teresa
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Book Review: Praying with Mother Teresa

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In 1986, 21-year-old Susan Conroy traveled to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity. She and the holy woman developed a friendship that would last until Mother Teresa’s death in 1997. In Praying with Mother Teresa, Conroy offers her own reflections along with quotes and letters from Mother Teresa, prayers from […]

Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint
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Pro-Life Heroine Mother Teresa Will Be Declared a Saint

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Mother Teresa will be declared a Saint by Pope Francis in a special ceremony on Sunday at the Vatican. The pro-life heroine skillfully exploited her celebrity status to propel the pro-life cause internationally like no one else before her or since. The four feet tall Albanian nun was never afraid to speak truth to power, […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 4, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, September 4, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 9:13-18 2nd Reading: Philemon 9-10, 12-17 Responsorial: Psalm 90:3-6, 12-17 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33 Answering Jesus Call to Follow Him No Matter What the Cost Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost? (Luke […]

Breastplate of Charity
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Breastplate of Charity

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The critical components for our Armor of Virtue are almost assembled. Faith first forged for us a shield. Hope next honed for us a helmet. Now charity – the third and final theological virtue – builds for us a breastplate. In medieval times, the breastplate served two functions for a knight. The first was bodily […]

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