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At Best, the Reunion Should’ve Been Awkward.

At Best, the Reunion Should’ve Been Awkward.

Mar 23 17 • 0 comments

“While he was still a long way off, his father caught sight of him, and was filled with compassion. He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him.” Luke 15: 1-3, 11-32 When I see a young parent cradling an infant, I always smile. I’ll never forget those early days of motherhood, especially the […]

You Don't Have to Be a Superhero Just Because You Have Down Syndrome!

You Don’t Have to Be a Superhero Just Because You Have Down Syndrome!

Mar 22 17 • 0 comments

In today’s society we are all about acceptance of diversity. We take great pains to show how well we accept others of different races, religions, and sexual preferences. We do this by holding social events, arts showcases, sporting events, and TV programs and even enforcing acceptance by law. I appreciate the culture of acceptance and […]

God Can Heal Even the Worst Cases of Family Rivalry, Jealousy or Betrayal.

God Can Heal Even the Worst Cases of Family Rivalry, Jealousy or Betrayal.

Mar 20 17 • 0 comments

Israel loved Joseph best of all his sons, for he was the child of his old age; and he had made him a long tunic. When his brothers saw that their father loved him best of all his sons, they hated him so much that they would not even greet him. Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13A, 17B-28A […]

Poem: "The Eyes of Your Heart"

Poem: “The Eyes of Your Heart”

Mar 20 17 • 0 comments

The Eyes of Your Heart      You The Eye Piercing the Monstrance veil, Gazing at me Kneeling, Focusing green eyes upon the White Sacred Species:      You Seeing me across time and eternity, Spotting me beyond the seated masses, Savoring your word, Devouring your bread, broken and shared.      You Peering through the lens of love at Me […]

UN Staff, EU Politicians, Abortion Groups Join Forces to Vilify U.S. Pro-life Stance

UN Staff, EU Politicians, Abortion Groups Join Forces to Vilify U.S. Pro-life Stance

More than forty-five governments and high-ranking UN staff convened in Brussels this week to raise money and combat U.S. pro-life policies. Kate Gilmore, the UN Deputy High Commissioner on Human Rights, moderated the “She decides” fundraising event to “counter the impact” of the recently enacted Mexico City Policy. The European initiative raised pledges for $200 […]

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, and everyone is Irish today — if not in fact, at least in spirit.  Come on now, don’t be an old Druid!  Regardless of your nationality, St. Patrick is a saint for everyone. It’s not just because I’m half Irish or that my parents named me after St. Patrick, […]

...A Sign of Complete Submission to God.

…A Sign of Complete Submission to God.

Mar 15 17 • 0 comments

Queen Esther, seized with mortal anguish, had recourse to the LORD. She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are you. Help me, who am alone and have no help but you, for I am taking […]

Poem: "Praising God with Psalm 9"

Poem: “Praising God with Psalm 9”

LORD, my whole heart thanks You. I can’t begin to count Your wonderful deeds. How glad I am in You! Oh, how I rejoice! Even my enemies repent in Your presence. You maintain me and all I stand for – the righteous rulings You bring. Nations will receive Your rebuke, and people will perish in […]

New Must-Read Book for Catholic Moms

New Must-Read Book for Catholic Moms

In nine years, I’ve never gone into my Catholic Mom’s Bible Study / Book Club and said, “We need to read this book today,” but I did that with the latest book by Kate Wicker. If you are always perfectly fulfilled in your role as a mother and you have a group of well-behaved children […]

Using Maternal Health to Promote Abortion in Zambia

Using Maternal Health to Promote Abortion in Zambia

Mar 13 17 • 1 comment

NEW YORK, March 10 (C-Fam) A recently published article exposes how abortion practitioners used U.S. foreign aid and the guise of “post abortion care” to increase the number of abortions in Zambia. Activists use Zambia as a model for how to impose their agenda on sub-Saharan Africa, a region known for its pro-life laws. A […]

A Lenten Lesson in Humility

A Lenten Lesson in Humility

Mar 13 17 • 0 comments

It’s that time of the year again. For those of us who are on the Nineveh 90 challenge, we began Lent-like practices back in February. God is so good at giving us what we need to grow in holiness even though we might not have selected the means He uses. How loving that God choses […]

Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

Do You Know Your Heavenly Father?

Mar 10 17 • 0 comments

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. […]

Fasting: A Source of Trial

Fasting: A Source of Trial

Lent is a season of prayer and fasting, a time for conversion of the heart. As in all things, the Christian looks to Christ’s example and seeks his grace to be able to follow him. To look to Christ means, first, to see and hear him in the Gospel. We will hear Jesus ask us […]

This Lent Create an Inner Room Where Your Only Distraction is God

This Lent Create an Inner Room Where Your Only Distraction is God

Mar 8 17 • 0 comments

“But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” (Matthew 6: 1-6) I begin most mornings working out on a treadmill at the local gym where sixteen television screens flash before my eyes. Each channel […]

Refugees Already 'Extremely Vetted' Should be Welcomed

Refugees Already ‘Extremely Vetted’ Should be Welcomed

Mar 8 17 • 0 comments

In my work as a journalist, I try to personalize what is otherwise an ‘issue’ and apply universal principles of human rights to policies that impact human lives. That’s the case for many national and global news stories, breaking and current or ongoing. When President Donald Trump issued the Executive Order on immigration and refugees […]

A Lent of Tears

A Lent of Tears

Mar 7 17 • 1 comment

By Archbishop Samir Nassar An apocalypse In six years of war the face of Syria has been completely transformed. A large wasteland of ruins, pulverized buildings, burned out homes, neighborhoods turned into ghost towns, villages razed to the ground … and more than 12 million Syrians (half the population) don’t have roofs over their heads […]

Finding Jesus Examines Historical Evidence

Finding Jesus Examines Historical Evidence

How ironic that Pontius Pilate who sentenced Jesus Christ to death, should give testimony to the existence of Jesus 2,0000 years later through a stone bearing Pilot’s name. The decision of the prefect of Judea to crucify Jesus, clinched salvation history and was both the greatest good and the greatest evil—killing God and saving mankind. […]

Vatican Academy of Science Says Population Control is Not “Crucial” To Save Biodiversity

Vatican Academy of Science Says Population Control is Not “Crucial” To Save Biodiversity

The Pontifical Academy for Science distanced itself from population control theories at the end of a controversial conference about biological extinction featuring renown population control advocates. “It isn’t population that produces carbon dioxide. It’s human activity which uses up energy and thereby contaminates the environment” said Monsignor Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, longtime chancellor and spokesperson for […]

Poem: "I Must Seek Out Paper"

Poem: “I Must Seek Out Paper”

Mar 5 17 • 1 comment

I Must Seek Out Paper If the words were mine, I should fear for my soul, For surely pride would betray me. ’Tis better as is, that He is the author, And I, just a happy pen. Oft times the words flow in a rapid verse, And at others a slow line at a time, […]

UN Tries to Fast-Track LGBT Acceptance and Abortion Access, Again

UN Tries to Fast-Track LGBT Acceptance and Abortion Access, Again

The UN bureaucracy is once again trying to fast track the adoption of hundreds of statistical indicators to measure progress on the UN development goals, without giving time for the UN’s political organs to review them. The UN Statistical Commission may adopt a global set of indicators, that among other disputed measurements included social acceptance […]

Ash Wednesday:  Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

Ash Wednesday: Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

On February 25, 2004, I was teaching English at the University of Central Florida in the Diocese of Disney, lecturing on “Ash Wednesday,” T.S. Eliot’s famous poem. There before me in the lecture hall sat several students with ashes smudged across their foreheads in the shape of a cross. Ash Wednesday. How apropos. T.S. Eliot […]

Poem: "The Convent Threshold"

Poem: “The Convent Threshold”

The Convent Threshold There’s blood between us, love, my love, There’s father’s blood, there’s brother’s blood; And blood’s a bar I cannot pass: I choose the stairs that mount above, Stair after golden skyward stair, To city and to sea of glass. My lily feet are soiled with mud, With scarlet mud which tells a […]

Poem: Wine and Water

Poem: Wine and Water

Feb 25 17 • 0 comments

Wine and Water Old Noah he had an ostrich farm and fowls on the largest scale, He ate his egg with a ladle in a egg-cup big as a pail, And the soup he took was Elephant Soup and fish he took was Whale, But they all were small to the cellar he took when […]

In Paraguay, Women Religious Work Where Priests Can Rarely Visit

In Paraguay, Women Religious Work Where Priests Can Rarely Visit

Feb 24 17 • 3 comments

By Jacques Berset WHEN the Missionary Sisters of Jesus, Verbo y Víctima from Peru arrived toward the end of the 20th century, it caused a veritable sensation in the rural enclaves of Virgen del Carmelo de Villa Ygatimy, a sprawling community northeast of Paraguay’s capital of Asunción. Today, the sisters serve some 20,000 faithful through […]

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