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Donald Trump Wins Presidency: Defeats Pro-Abort Clinton in Massive Upset
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Donald Trump Wins Presidency: Defeats Pro-Abort Clinton in Massive Upset

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In a stunning victory, Donald Trump has won over 270 electoral votes, beating pro-abortion Hillary Clinton and becoming the 45th president of the United States. Trump’s victory became obvious as he won the key states of Ohio, Florida, and Iowa, and now Pennsylvania. He continues to lead in Michigan and Arizona. The Associated Press called […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 13, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, November 13, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Malachi 3:19-20 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12 Responsorial: Psalm 98:5-9 Gospel: Luke 21:5-19 Living a Simple Life Fixed on the Lord We did not act in a disorderly way among you. (2 Thessalonians 3:7) The Thessalonian church was in a state of confusion […]

Human Life -- <em>The Issue</em>!
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Human Life — The Issue!

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As a very long election season comes to a close, there is a fury of endless media messages attempting to focus voters on issues. There are countless issues to sort through that are facing our nation as we head to cast our ballots on Election Day, and it often becomes difficult to prioritize what matters […]

Movie Review: <em>Hacksaw Ridge</em>
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Movie Review: Hacksaw Ridge

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Mel Gibson has done it again. Hacksaw Ridge is the cinematic event of 2016-2017. Hacksaw Ridge is the true story of Private Desmond Doss, a Seventh-Day Adventist from Virginia who enlists in World War II, but — as a conscientious objector — staunchly refuses to bear arms. Literally. He won’t even touch a gun, let […]

US Presidential Election
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“You Be You”

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I sit here listening to one of my favorite reflective CD’s (Carl Herrgesell’s Reflections in the Key of Peace), playing in the background as I attempt to put little letters together and form words on a blank page. We are days away from a national election that has stirred in me an unprecedented level of both […]

Reflections for Sunday, November 6, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, November 6, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: 2 Maccabees 7:1-2, 9-14 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-3:5 Responsorial: Psalm 17:1, 5-6, 8, 15 Gospel: Luke 20:27-38 Living as a New Creation in Christ The Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:3) […]

Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions
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Americans Don’t Want to be Taxed to Pay for Abortions

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Perhaps you have heard the saying abortion advocates often like to repeat: ‘if you don’t like abortion, then don’t get one.’ Well, we not only don’t like abortions, we don’t like being forced to pay for them or to do anything else that would facilitate the termination of the life of an unborn child. Yet […]

Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain
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Facing Death as a Catholic: We Who Remain

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One of my favorite scenes in Return of the King is Sam and Frodo sitting together as Mt. Doom erupts around them. When Frodo says, “I am glad you’re with me Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things,” my heartstrings are always tugged because Frodo is reaching for the soul friendship. Love ‘till death. Boundless […]

To Hell With Halloween
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To Hell With Halloween

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Twenty-four years ago on Halloween, 42-year-old David Arias began a journey to hell. Ouija boards, drugs, assaults and sacrilege were a regular part of his life. After nearly four years of engaging in extraordinary evil in the pursuit of power, Arias had enough and slowly began to turn back to God for salvation. After an […]

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?
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Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

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When I was ten years old I had a direct encounter with a ghost. My brother and I were playing in our bedroom, which was in the attic, of our three-story house in New Jersey. There were steep stairs leading up to the bedroom from the third floor walk way. My brother and I were […]

Christians in a Culture of Death
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Christians in a Culture of Death

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I was diagnosed with an aggressive form of multiple sclerosis (MS) in 1984. In the early 1990s a Canadian woman with ALS tried to introduce to Canada a thin edge of a deadly wedge of physician assisted suicide. Sue Rodriguez was an active campaigner from her wheelchair. “Whose body is this anyway?!” she said. I […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 30, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 30, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Wisdom 11:22–12:2 2nd Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:11–2:2 Responsorial: Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14 Gospel: Luke 19:1-10 Opening Ourselves to God’s Transforming Love and Mercy The Lord is gracious and merciful. (Psalm 145:8) From the general audience of Pope Francis, January 13, 2016: “In Sacred […]

Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Baby
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Cruel and Unusual Punishment for Baby

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In an opinion piece for the New York Times, Meredith Isaksen wrote about her later-term abortion—the death of her second child—as if it were an act of mercy for her, her family, and the preborn child who died during the abortion. Her sense of her son’s death as an act of compassion toward him and […]

With Just One Place to Worship, Somalia is a Dangerous Place for Christians
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With Just One Place to Worship, Somalia is a Dangerous Place for Christians

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By Mónica Zorita de la Morena NEW YORK—“Even if work has to be done silently, it is better to be here than not be here.” These are the words of Bishop Giorgio Bertin, the apostolic administrator of Mogadishu, Somalia. The prelate, who has been in the region for almost 40 years and also has responsibility […]

How Faithful Catholics May Use the Law at the End of Life
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How Faithful Catholics May Use the Law at the End of Life

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The last time I checked, the mortality rate in this country was still 100%. To die usually involves unavoidable suffering. I don’t think these things will be changing any time soon. This is not a cause for anxiety or dread. Christ our Savior has made death and suffering into pathways to eternal life. “Precious in […]

Book Review: <i>101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person</i>
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Book Review: 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person

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In today’s electronic world of tweets and status updates, communicating with brevity is everything. 101 Tips for Marrying the Right Person: Helping Singles Find Each other, Contemplate Marriage, and Say I Do  by the Ruth Institute’s Jennifer Roback Morse and Betsy Kerekes speaks to the internet generation in a language and format that keeps up […]

Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh
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Iraqi Christians Rejoice Over Liberation of Qaraqosh

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By Maria Lozano NEW YORK (Oct. 19, 2016)—Qaraqosh, a formerly major Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain has been liberated as part of the campaign to liberate Mosul, Iraq’s largest city. Before ISIS overran the Plane in the summer of 2014, Qaraqosh, which is also knows Baghdida, had a population of 50,000, the great majority […]

Global Abortion Advocates Dispense with Mask of “Post-Abortion” Care
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Global Abortion Advocates Dispense with Mask of “Post-Abortion” Care

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A leading consortium of reproductive health advocates announced its intention to drop “post-abortion care” from its title and to begin campaigning for “comprehensive abortion care” instead. At an event in Washington announcing the shift, one advocate said that sustaining post-abortion care was never the goal.  “Post-abortion care” was meant to be an “entry point.” She […]

The Blessed Sacrament Gives a Foretaste of Future Glory
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The Blessed Sacrament Gives a Foretaste of Future Glory

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At the conclusion of his brilliant essay, The Weight of Glory, C.S. Lewis wrote, “Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbor is the holiest object presented to your senses.” Lewis was right:  The holy Eucharist bears the body of Christ and your neighbor bears the image of God. Your neighbor may not behave in […]

Reflections for Sunday, October 23, 2016
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Reflections for Sunday, October 23, 2016

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion Mass Readings: 1st Reading: Sirach 35:12-14, 16-18 2nd Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18 Responsorial: Psalm 34:2-3, 17-19, 23 Gospel: Luke 18:9-14 Living a Life Grounded on God’s Love, Not on Judging Others I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity. (Luke 18:11) Have […]

Europe Rejects Legalization of Surrogacy to Protect Children’s Rights
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Europe Rejects Legalization of Surrogacy to Protect Children’s Rights

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Last Tuesday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) rejected an attempt to legalize surrogacy throughout Europe. By a narrow majority, the representatives of the 47 Member States rejected a recommendation aimed at regulating the selling of female gametes and renting of women’s wombs. This was the third attempt to normalize surrogacy by […]

Book Review: <em>Who Does He Say You Are?</em>
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Book Review: Who Does He Say You Are?

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What would you look like if you could see yourself as Jesus sees you? Who would you be if Jesus healed all your wounds, both physical and emotional? For most of us, the answers to those questions are a far cry from who we are today. We have been beaten down by the weight of […]

UN Event Shows How Sexual Agenda Tramples Children’s Rights
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UN Event Shows How Sexual Agenda Tramples Children’s Rights

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That all children have a mother and a father is a biological fact.  That they have a right to know and be raised by their parents, where possible, is enshrined in the UN’s most widely ratified human rights treaty.  A UN event last week highlighted how those rights are undermined by efforts to redefine the […]

Spiritual Truths in <em>The Girl on the Train</em>
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Spiritual Truths in The Girl on the Train

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I am not an avid fiction reader. If I’m lucky I make my way through one or two novels a year. More often than not my nose can be found in theological texts, most likely Mariological in nature. My reading of novels might make an increase as I recently discovered the wonders of Audible and […]

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