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Poem: "Love's Reach"

Poem: “Love’s Reach”

Feb 13 16 • 0 comments

Love’s Reach I reach for You With my life, All my life. It is not for naught, That You labored, Bore my sins. I reach for You With my thoughts. In the night, I contemplate Your Dying. Writhing in agony, Alone with hell’s phantoms, Blood called From Your flesh. More than a drop Spoke my […]

Falling Oil Prices

Falling Oil Prices and the Future of the World Economy

Oil prices are important in high-income and developing countries.

The Ever-Present Affliction of Spiritual Depression

The Ever-Present Affliction of Spiritual Depression

Feb 11 16 • 0 comments

Clinical depression borders on being an epidemic in our world. Consider that about 15 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with the illness. And the number of people diagnosed with major depressive disorder has been increasing by about 20 percent annually. Although about a third of those people won’t get much relief […]

Examining Our Consciences and Lent

Examining Our Consciences and Lent

Feb 10 16 • 0 comments

Lent is our time to be with Jesus in the desert, where He, in His humanity, experienced weakness, hunger and temptation. Jesus entered fully into our humanity and was like us in all things except sin. This is the unique mystery of the Incarnation, where our God suffers as one of us. Jesus can identify […]

God Wants You to Get Help

God Wants You to Get Help

Feb 10 16 • 0 comments

In a recent conversation with a friend, she confided in me she had been suffering for an extended period of time from what she suspected was depression. Her family had requested she see a professional, but she was hesitant. Reprinted with permission from CatholicSistas.com. “At what point do I turn to a doctor and feel […]

A Spoken Word Poem: "No Mercy"

A Spoken Word Poem: “No Mercy”

Feb 9 16 • 0 comments
U.S. Panel OKs Three-Parent Embryos with Sex Selection

U.S. Panel OKs Three-Parent Embryos with Sex Selection

Feb 9 16 • 0 comments

Last week a committee of scientists and ethicists have recommended to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that they approve three-parent embryo techniques for use in IVF in the United States. The committee calls it mitochondrial replacement techniques (MRT) because the goal is too “replace” defective mitochondria in woman with mitochondrial disease so they do […]

Two Ways to Maximize Prayers This Lent

Two Ways to Maximize Prayers This Lent

Supersize, maximize, be all you can be…because if you are going to do something, why not get the most out of it? Prayer is one of those things. We know we can do it poorly — babbling like the pagans do and not even paying attention to what we are saying. “What the world most […]

sports, training, female athlete, woman, weight lifting

Olympics Changes Rules on Transgender Athletes – Women Lose

Feb 5 16 • 3 comments

All of my daughters are athletes. It isn’t always easy when my daughter’s varsity basketball team plays after the boys, and the once full gym empties as the girls start their game. It is heart breaking, but they understand. Women are by nature not as athletic as men and so, for many, not as exciting […]

"It From Bit"... What About God?

“It From Bit”… What About God?

Feb 5 16 • 0 comments

In delving into information theory as a foundation for quantum mechanical theory, I encountered again John Wheeler’s revolutionary thesis that we create the past by observing it–“The Participatory Universe“. The thesis rests on John Wheeler’s “It from Bit” hypothesis.   In what follows I’ll summarize that thesis by examining the “three questions”, four “no’s” and […]

Poem: "Reverses"

Poem: “Reverses”

Reverses WHEN mirth is full and free, Some sudden gloom shall be; When haughty power mounts high, The Watcher’s axe is nigh. All growth has bound; when greatest found, It hastes to die. When the rich town, that long Has lain its huts among, Uprears its pageants vast, And vaunts—it shall not last! Bright tints […]

Hello, Church? Anybody Home?

Hello, Church? Anybody Home?

Feb 4 16 • 12 comments

In the midst of decades of proclamations for a New Evangelization, I have a very easy, free suggestion that will yield a huge return. Ready for it, Church? Answer your phones, return calls, and return emails. Yep, it’s that simple. Whatever nonsense am I writing about, you might inquire. I’ve worked for the Catholic Church […]

Seeking a Relationship with God

Seeking a Relationship with God

Feb 3 16 • 1 comment

When I meet with the Confirmation students in my parish one on one, I always ask them to describe their relationship with God. Some answer the question rather quickly without any assistance, while for others I sometimes guide their answer by qualifying, “Does your relationship seem really close or distant?” Some do answer distant, and […]

How to Defeat the Enemies of Natural Marriage

How to Defeat the Enemies of Natural Marriage

Feb 3 16 • 3 comments

One of the best talks at our Australia conference was given by Vice Vincent Batarelo (pronounced Vee-che), who led the fight in Croatia to defend natural marriage. Dr. Batarelo was also a natural to invite to our conference, since he was born in Sydney to Croatian immigrants and grew up Down Under. After he completed […]

Three New Lenten Resources

Three New Lenten Resources

Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis: Prayers, Reflections, and Activities for Families by Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle Ave Maria Press, 2015 Bringing Lent Home with Pope Francis is designed to “provide and encourage a daily occurrence of family prayer and communication as you move through this holy season together. By following the suggestions regarding how your […]

Planned Parenthood at the Nexus of Evil and Ignorance

Planned Parenthood at the Nexus of Evil and Ignorance

Feb 2 16 • 0 comments

Events of the past week seem to intersect at the corner of morally bankrupt and socially corrupt. Let me explain. We learned recently of something called the National Sexuality Education Standards. An entire document explains these “standards” in 44 pages, while its introduction tells us that the goal “is to provide clear, consistent and straightforward […]

ISIS Erases 'Symbol of Christian Presence in Iraq'

ISIS Erases ‘Symbol of Christian Presence in Iraq’

Feb 2 16 • 0 comments

By Oliver Maksan Confirmation that Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery has been completely destroyed by ISIS has caused widespread distress in Iraq. “St. Elijah’s monastery in Mosul was a symbol of the Christian presence in Iraq. The fact that it has been destroyed is terrible,” Father Dankha Issa told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church. […]

UN Report: “There Is No Definition of the Family”

UN Report: “There Is No Definition of the Family”

A draft UN report says the family should be understood “in a wide sense” and tries to open the door to recognize same-sex couples in international law and policy. “There is no definition of the family under international human rights law,” according to a report on “protection of the family” prepared by the UN staff […]

A Case for Catholic Education

A Case for Catholic Education

Feb 1 16 • 7 comments

The National Catholic Educational Association paints a bleak picture for Catholic education in America. There are currently only 6,568 Catholic schools remaining in the USA. During 2014 an additional 88 schools closed or consolidated, while only 27 new schools opened. About 2 million students attend Catholic schools, of which 328,000 plus are non-Catholic. This is […]

Book Review: Rediscover Jesus

Book Review: Rediscover Jesus

As Catholics, we often think that we know Jesus. After all, most of us have been hearing the stories of his life since we were small children. They are part of who we are, and that is good. But sometimes, we can feel too familiar with the stories and we start to tune them out […]

Rejecting Abortion, Affirming Life

Rejecting Abortion, Affirming Life

Jan 28 16 • 0 comments

Thousands braved severe weather last week to attend the March for Life in Washington, D.C., giving a vital public witness to the sanctity of life. In this column, however, I will reflect on a very personal situation with my wife’s first pregnancy six years ago, when abortion was presented to us as an option. Our […]

Eliminating Poverty or Eliminating Children?

Eliminating Poverty or Eliminating Children?

Jan 27 16 • 2 comments

We are not alone in being suspicious of the United Nations when it comes to the life issues. Beginning with the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, abortion advocates have been attempting to use the language of U.N. documents, as well as the statements of certain U.N. committees themselves–think the Convention […]

A Matter Of Penance or Radical Permission

A Matter Of Penance or Radical Permission

Jan 27 16 • 1 comment

This past Advent as I attended Sacrament of Reconciliation, the priest mercifully imposed a seemingly unchallenging penance: say one “Our Father.” The 10-year-old Mike would have loved that penance a whole lot more than what the priest typically prescribed at the time. I’ll never forget the day he prescribed young Mike an entire Rosary as […]

The Seductive Siren Song of Genetic Enhancement

The Seductive Siren Song of Genetic Enhancement

Jan 26 16 • 0 comments

Two recent magazine covers together give us a glimpse of the possible future of humanity. They seem completely unrelated. Next to each other on a coffee table, most people would never make the connection. Yet they are inextricably linked, jointly warning us to take action before it’s too late. The first, which appeared on the […]

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