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The Greatest Human Rights Abuse in the World Continues

The Greatest Human Rights Abuse in the World Continues

Feb 22 18 • 0 comments

In the past 45 years, an estimated 60 million innocent human beings have been killed in the United States with the consent of our government, and this crime against humanity continues to this day. I’m speaking of the number of human beings killed through abortion since Roe v. Wade was decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on […]

Is Castration an Acceptable Punishment for Sex Offenders?

Is Castration an Acceptable Punishment for Sex Offenders?

Should sex offenders be castrated? Oklahoma legislators are considering a controversial bill to authorize chemical castration as condition of release for convicted sex offenders. Seven other states have similar legislation already in place, although reportedly, it’s used infrequently. Backers say the bill will dramatically reduce the incidence of sexual violence and end repeat offenses. It […]

A Conscience-Stinger for Lent

A Conscience-Stinger for Lent

Feb 20 18 • 0 comments

Anyone want a good conscience-stinger for Lent? Recently I just reread Thomas Dubay’s Happy Are You Poor. And my conscience was stung. I have too much stuff, and my children have too much stuff. And this stuff gets in the way of knowing Jesus. And it’s time to clean house and make space for Him. Now as […]

Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn't Fear the End Times

Thy Kingdom Come: Why We Shouldn’t Fear the End Times

Feb 19 18 • 0 comments

Hurricanes, earthquakes, terrorist threats, mass shootings – if you watch the news these days you could be tempted to go hide under the bed. These events bring on talk of the end times that we are warned about in the New Testament. The apostles expected Jesus to return at any moment, though He told them […]

Lent: It's Upon Us

Lent: It’s Upon Us

Feb 14 18 • 0 comments

Sober up, people!  How are you going to prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? The 3 Pillars of Lent: Prayer, Fasting, & Almsgiving Prayer If you’re not already setting aside a specific time every day to pray, you need to.  I am the mother of six little children.  If I can do […]

Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy

Shine Your Light with Facebook Friends as a Spiritual Work of Mercy

Would go to the lion’s den for your faith? I’m guessing everyone has asked themselves this question. These days, in this country, we are more likely to go to court than the lion’s den. Standing up for our faith is having social and legal consequences, sometimes huge ones. For most of us, it’s about having […]

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! 'Inclusiveness' Ruins Wholesome Event

This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things! ‘Inclusiveness’ Ruins Wholesome Event

When I was a kid attending Catholic school, if someone was caught with gum, or candy, a typical response from a teacher who was usually a Dominican nun, would be: “Do you have enough for everyone?” If we had been clever enough to prepare ahead of time, pulling out enough gum or candy for the […]

Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog

Celebrating More Than Just a Groundhog

What is February 2nd known for? In secular society, it’s ‘Groundhog’s Day.’ While there’s nothing wrong with remembering this little rodent and speculating on whether or not he’ll see his silhouette created by the sun, I’d invite us to go a little deeper. While the sun is a beautiful thing, and certainly necessary for life, […]

Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass

Modern Man’s Most Magnificent Mass

Jan 25 18 • 0 comments

Which of the two forms of the Roman Rite, as Pope Benedict XVI called them, best encourages active participation, is most emotionally satisfying, and unequivocally equips the worshiper with the graces necessary to confront the modern world? Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s answer may surprise you. In his book Noble Beauty, Transcendent Holiness: that the Mass of […]

The Value of a Single Human Life

The Value of a Single Human Life

Jan 19 18 • 0 comments

David Perry, the father of a son with Down syndrome, writes, “I’ve spent many years now asserting the need to re-order how we ascribe value to diverse human lives.” St. John Paul II, on the other hand, taught: “Even in the midst of difficulties and uncertainties, every person sincerely open to truth and goodness can, […]

Dear Struggling Marriages

Dear Struggling Marriages

Jan 18 18 • 3 comments

In my work preparing couples for marriage, I have had to account for the unexpected implosion of a marriage where I was once part of the preparation. Sometimes I hear about the troubles first hand, other times when I see one of them meeting with the Nullity Minister. It saddens me every time when those […]

A Time for Change

A Time for Change

Jan 11 18 • 2 comments

Every person deserves dignity, especially to be recognized as equal creations of God, as we all are. Yet we are created individually and differently, which is a huge part of the challenge presented to us by Jesus in the Second Commandment — to Love our neighbors as ourselves. The only way we are able to […]

Epiphany: The Nations Shall Walk By Your Light

Epiphany: The Nations Shall Walk By Your Light

Up until now, all has been quite humble.  A donkey-ride to a dusty town south of Jerusalem.  Hotel rooms all booked up.  Giving birth in a stable and laying the baby in a feed trough instead of a cozy cradle. Into this scene of obscure poverty suddenly bursts an exotic entourage from a far-off land.  […]

Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’

Ukraine: ‘Most Important Mission of the Church is to Bring God to the People’

Jan 4 18 • 0 comments

MANY PEOPLE in the Ukraine are destitute, especially older people and families. The armed conflict taking place in the eastern part of the country also continues to claim victims. The suffering Church receives both pastoral and material aid. Nonetheless, the Church should not get so wrapped up in its charitable commitments that it forgets that […]

Today's Holy Innocents

Today’s Holy Innocents

Dec 28 17 • 2 comments

When one looks at the liturgical calendar, one sees a message the Church is attempting to instill within us.  Right after we erupt with jubilation over the birth of Christ, we meditate over the first martyr, St. Stephen.  He reminds us that this joy has a price, and that price is higher than we could […]

Joseph Journeyed All the Way

Joseph Journeyed All the Way

Dec 25 17 • 2 comments

Joseph journeyed all the way To Bethlehem and Christmas Day Beginning, as good things often do In prayer to He Who makes things new Zechariah turned to God in prayer To ask that God show him where To find the man who should be Wed to the Queen of Galilee Wonder! An angel in answer […]

About Those Christmas Animals

About Those Christmas Animals

Dec 25 17 • 4 comments

The Classic manger scenes always include cows (or oxen), donkeys (or mules), and sheep. The Egyptian god Apis was a bull who was believed to be a king and who would become a god after his ritual slaughter. The Roman god Consus was a protector of grain, who had an altar underground, and who considered mules […]

Poem: "Before The Paling Of The Stars"

Poem: “Before The Paling Of The Stars”

Dec 24 17 • 0 comments

Before The Paling Of The Stars Before The Paling Of The Stars Before the winter morn, Before the earliest cock crow, Jesus Christ was born: Born in a stable, Cradled in a manger, In the world his hands had made Born a stranger. Priest and king lay fast asleep In Jerusalem; Young and old lay […]

Where Did All the Angels Go?

Where Did All the Angels Go?

Padre Pio and an Exorcist Talk About Angels While many of us have felt our angel’s presence at times or at least trust that he’s there, what do all the guardian angels do when people turn from God? Are they still on guard? During an interview with Father Patrick, (not his real name) an exorcist […]

A Maternal Heart

A Maternal Heart

Dec 15 17 • 2 comments

As I age and have more life behind me than in front of me, I find myself in my deepest emotional hurts identifying most intensely with the Blessed Virgin Mary. Here is the woman who in her own Earthly life experienced so much suffering through her fiat. God designed woman in a particularly ingenious way […]

Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent

Heartfelt and Handmade: The Value of Story in Our Family’s Advent

Dec 14 17 • 1 comment

To live the meaning of “prepare.” The meaning of “wait.” A tradition as simple as the lighting of the stately lavender tapers, ring of purples and pink, each boy eagerly anticipating leading the nightly prayer. Or reciting the scripture verse. And do they ever read this verse with care, as their first Advent morning utterances […]

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

Lovely Lady Dressed in Blue, Teach Me How to Pray

Dec 7 17 • 0 comments

This title is from the first lines of a poem/prayer I first heard from my Mom as a little boy. This is more an invitation than an article for readers. Please speak your thoughts in comments below about how Mary, today, would teach us how to pray. Imagine if it were possible – Our Lady […]

To Whom Do We Belong?

To Whom Do We Belong?

Dec 1 17 • 0 comments

In general, people are born into certain groups based on their personal, social, and cultural surroundings. They also voluntarily join groups based on shared occupations, beliefs, or interests. Membership in these groups influences how people think of themselves and how others think of them. (Science for All Americans, pp. 91–93). We do not choose our […]

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Is Thanksgiving a Time to Evangelize?

Nov 23 17 • 0 comments

One of the most intriguing aspects of Thanksgiving is that we give thanks around a table of food with people, typically family members, we may not care for. Though this point may be denied by some, it is fact of life that not everyone gets along. Sin, by our own free will can lead us […]

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