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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Five, Fr. Chris Singer
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Five, Fr. Chris Singer

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story, remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part Five, Fr. Chris Singer God’s ways are mysterious and marvelous.  I had the great honor of attending World Youth Day 2002 in Toronto.  And it was there that […]

Answering the Call with Feet of Clay
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Answering the Call with Feet of Clay

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Monday, April 4, 2011 marked the 43rd anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s tragic death.  Cut down in his prime by an assassin’s bullet, Dr. King’s legacy is one of perseverance, bravery, and sacrifice.  He was a man bold to stand against a culture steeped in racism and institutionalized prejudice.  He was a man […]

Ideals Trump Interests in Obama's Libya Policy
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Ideals Trump Interests in Obama’s Libya Policy

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President Obama’s recent explanation for militarily engaging Libya is yet another example of how U.S. leaders increasingly rationalize their policies via sentimental and idealistic platitudes, rather than reality or the long view—or just plain common sense. In a speech replete with moralizing intonations, Obama did manage to evoke U.S. “interests”—six times—though he never explained what […]

Hard Traveling
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Hard Traveling

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My Mom and Dad are exactly the sort of people you’d love to go on a road trip with.  If you happen to be a Benedictine monk.  Just kidding, of course.  Even Benedictines find Mom and Dad a little austere. Most notorious of their ascetic proclivities is the (in)famous “iron-bladder” straight-through policy.  If a trip […]

America's March of Folly
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America’s March of Folly

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The budget deficits from the first two years of the Obama administration are of sufficient magnitude to spring Dr. “Billions and Billions” Carl Sagan from his grave. Sagan could sue for copyright infringement for misuse of astronomical numbers. On second thought, the figures now being bandied about are in the trillions, which no doubt would […]

Divine Mercy is Worth Preparing For
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Divine Mercy is Worth Preparing For

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Sometimes, when a major feast is approaching that requires a lot of preparation, it can be a bit difficult to think past it, to the preparations that are needed for what comes next. But we must not make that mistake with Easter and Divine Mercy Sunday, because, as momentous as the celebration of Easter is, […]

The Scoop on Holy Mass
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The Scoop on Holy Mass

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A couple of weeks ago a family friend (we’ll call him John) took me by surprise with an unexpected question, “Do you mind if I go to church with you on Sunday?” Mind? Are you kidding me, I thought. I was thrilled! Then came the next question — one that was entirely predictable but ended up […]

Islamists on Welfare: Paid to Plot the West's Demise
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Islamists on Welfare: Paid to Plot the West’s Demise

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  In 2008, the Toronto Sun reported that “hundreds of [Greater Toronto Area] Muslim men in polygamous marriages — some with a harem of wives — are receiving welfare and social benefits for each of their spouses, thanks to the city and province, Muslim leaders say.” “Polygamy is a regular part of life for many […]

Compliments to You
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Compliments to You

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All the women I know fall into one of two categories: those who can graciously accept a compliment and those who would rather grout tile than graciously accept a compliment. And, of the women I know, there are really only about three who would be able to graciously accept a compliment. That means that pretty […]

Who is to Blame for Koran Burning Protest Deaths?
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Who is to Blame for Koran Burning Protest Deaths?

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When Pastor Terry Jones, 59, announced an intent to burn a Koran on the anniversary of 9/11 in 2010, the U.S. government, fearing attacks on American troops abroad, put intense pressure on him to desist and eventually he called off his plans. Jones, however, did not cancel the ceremonial judgment of the Islamic scripture – […]

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The Cross — A Good Sign

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The other day, my three-year-old son observed, “Churches have crosses on them.” I looked up, surprised at the connection he had made.  Daringly, I decided to push my luck and asked him, “Why do churches have crosses on them?” Astonished, I heard his answer:  “Because it’s a sign.  It’s a good sign.” I was partly […]

Exploitation: Legal Protections for Human Embryos Eroding in France
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Exploitation: Legal Protections for Human Embryos Eroding in France

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The cold weather in recent months seems to have brought a flurry of news stories about embryos.  In October the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to the inventor of in vitro fertilization.  In November the journal Human Reproduction published a study in which researchers at the University of Barcelona implanted silicon […]

Abortion Prominent in Agenda for UN Population Commission
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Abortion Prominent in Agenda for UN Population Commission

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Abortion, family planning, and sexual education will be vigorously debated in the upcoming UN Commission on Population and Development. The theme of this year’s commission is “Fertility, Reproductive Health and Development.” The initial draft of this year’s outcome document was released last week and as expected, the text is rife with references to sexual and […]

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Three, Two, One…You’re On! How Voice Lessons Helped a Writer do Talk Radio

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While an editor busily pruned my first book, I traveled to Washington DC’s Studio Theatre after work each week. How exhausting it was to schlep downtown on those nights, especially when it snowed!  After a 30-minute hike from the subway, I’d enter the classroom, lie down with my back touching the floor, begin breathing exercises […]

Winning the Parent Lottery:  An Interview with Fraser Heston, Son of Charlton Heston
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Winning the Parent Lottery: An Interview with Fraser Heston, Son of Charlton Heston

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Fraser Clarke Heston is the son of the late actor Charlton Heston and his wife of over 60 years, Lydia Clarke.  Fraser directed his Oscar-winning dad in several films, including the recently released DVD set, Charlton Heston Presents The Bible.  Fraser also played the role of baby Moses in The Ten Commandments.  I recently spoke […]

Youthful Joy
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Youthful Joy

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 “Ad Deum qui laetificat juventutem meam.” I memorized those Latin words when I was in first grade. Yes, in first grade. I was 6 ½ years old. Those were the first words spoken by an altarboy in response to the priest’s opening words of the Mass. The priest would make the sign of the Cross […]

Which Came First: The Chicken or the Easter Egg? Consumer Awareness or Social Justice?
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Which Came First: The Chicken or the Easter Egg? Consumer Awareness or Social Justice?

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The season of Easter baskets and pastel blue and pink and green eggs is upon us, although many of us still have these in the behind-the-scenes preparation stage.  We have turned our face toward Jerusalem and the way is not so rosy. Not yet. Not until after Good Friday and Holy Saturday. But who knew […]

Prayer, the Heart of a Vocation
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Prayer, the Heart of a Vocation

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I was raised in a very small town, roughly 1,000 people all together, even including the surrounding countryside.  To say everyone knew everyone would be an understatement!  Despite the small size, and the fact that only 50% of the town is Catholic (Lutherans and Methodists make up the rest), my home parish has sent five […]

The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Four, Statia (Sullivan) Brown
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The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story: Part Four, Statia (Sullivan) Brown

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Presented in cooperation with Greg Schlueter and JP2Journey.com: The JP2 Generation Tells Its Story, remembering World Youth Day 2002 and the impact of Pope John II. Part Four, Statia (Sullivan) Brown Every morning the WYD participants attended Catechetical sessions with hundreds of others to learn more about our Catholic faith.  We heard from different cardinals, […]

Listen to My Voice
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Listen to My Voice

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When we think about God’s voice, do the Old Testament images come to mind? Do we think only about the prophets of old who seemed able to perceive God’s voice directly? That was then; this is now. God doesn’t speak out loud to people anymore. Or does he? Perhaps he doesn’t come swooping down on […]

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Spiritual Dryness: “I Don’t Feel Anything!”

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One of the most comforting feelings that we can experience is a sensation of peace, or even joy, when we pray.  For many of us, this feeling was most pronounced at the time when we first made a decision to commit our lives to the Lord.  Unfortunately, equally as common is the feeling of dryness […]

Death in Springtime: Recalling Terri Schindler Schiavo
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Death in Springtime: Recalling Terri Schindler Schiavo

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It was the first day of spring in 2005. I was at the florist  in the seaside village where I grew up, assembling a basket of flowering spring plants for my sister who had just given birth. To have my hands immersed in budding greenery, inhaling earthy scents, replaced for a few moments the pall […]

No Compulsion in Religion
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No Compulsion in Religion

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My Apologies to Shakespeare and to Jimmy Buffet (But we’re all dhimmis now) Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears: I come to bury Uncle Sam, not to praise him. The evil that men do lives after them; The good is oft interred with their bones; So let it be with Uncle Sam And those […]

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John Paul II, Family Size, and Christian Prudence

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Years ago, after attending a natural family planning class my husband and I had taught, one of the students called me to tell me why she wasn’t coming to the next class.  After a brief span of conversation that let me know she felt very intimate with God, she proceeded to inform me that the […]

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