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Birth Control:  Now That You Know, What's Next?

Birth Control: Now That You Know, What’s Next?

Apr 16 15 • 1 comment

In part 1 of this discussion on rethinking your birth control, I defined what it means to be a woman. Not just a modern woman, but a whole woman according to God’s design. Part 2 detailed attributes of her feminine genius in the form of female fertility. The cyclic ebb and flow of her fertile […]

The Law of Human Nature Still Exists

The Law of Human Nature Still Exists

Apr 15 15 • 1 comment

Is there anything so wicked as a man trying to silence his conscience?  It is a willful act that happens in stages: Bit by bit, incident by incident, rationalization by rationalization, the voice of a man’s conscience can be stifled—that still small voice within him eventually becomes fainter, until his heart turns to stone and […]

Gifts of the Visitation by Denise Bossert

Gifts of the Visitation by Denise Bossert

Apr 15 15 • 1 comment

Gifts of the Visitation: Nine Spiritual Encounters with Mary and Elizabeth (Ave Maria Press, 2015) is a story of grace, conversion and surrender. Denise Bossert beckons us to go deeper than ever before into the world of Our Blessed Mother and of St. Elizabeth as they joyously await the birth of our Lord and of St. John the Baptist. […]

Head Crop, Abraham Lincoln by Alexander Hesler, June 3, 1860, Springfield, Illinois

Lincoln: His Own Words

Apr 15 15 • 0 comments

On the sesquicentenary of his death.

Would You Lay Down Your Life for Them?

Would You Lay Down Your Life for Them?

Apr 14 15 • 0 comments

I have more than 1,100 friends on Facebook. Are they all really my friends? Fair question. My wife and children frequently voice their doubts that I even know that many people, much less can call that many people friends. My family has challenged me with this: “How many of those people, if they died, would […]

Poem: "This"

Poem: “This”

Apr 14 15 • 1 comment

This This, only this is truly necessary. An outdated wooden crucifix in a forgotten sacristy corner, my forehead pressed to the nail-pierced feet reducing ten thousand things to one. A simple act that clarifies. Calling, inviting – I come. This single act making me one. Scott Warren

How a Parish Can Attract Traditionalists

How a Parish Can Attract Traditionalists

Apr 14 15 • 5 comments

Dear William, When I shared your previous letter on Facebook, I referred to the contents as “interesting.”  In it, you expressed a desire that over time, the need for the Extraordinary Form would lessen, and that you hope traditionalists would begin to frequent a better done Ordinary Form liturgy.  This is a difficult discussion, but I’d like […]

Tax-Time Misery

Tax-Time Misery

Apr 12 15 • 1 comment

When I came to, I was on my back on the floor of my accountant’s office. “What happened?” I said. “When I told you how much you owe, you went down like ton of bricks,” said my accountant. “I owe the IRS again? But I set aside money every quarter!” “How many times do I […]

Divine Mercy: Drink it Up

Divine Mercy: Drink it Up

Apr 12 15 • 1 comment

At the Abbey of Gethsemane in New Haven, Kentucky, the bell tower of the monastery chimed at three a.m. like Big Ben, shaking me from my bed. A seismic shift. What’s up with these monks? Why do they pray so early? Because it’s their charism, the horarium of the Order of Cistercians of the Strict […]

An Uncomfortable Religion

An Uncomfortable Religion

Apr 10 15 • 0 comments

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month, you’re undoubtedly familiar with the controversy surrounding Indiana’s “religious freedom” law. Debates on this issue ultimately boil down to a question of liberty v. justice. Christian business owners invoke their First Amendment right to exercise their conscience when it comes to whose patronage they […]

Who is Jesus?

Who is Jesus?

Apr 10 15 • 1 comment

At the beginning of Lent our pastor gave everyone in our parish some homework to do. He asked us to read the Gospel of Mark. He wanted us to first just read through the entire gospel once and then to go back and read it a second time with a particular purpose in mind. He […]

Murder's Enduring Stigma

Murder’s Enduring Stigma

Apr 10 15 • 0 comments

Colorado is no stranger to the scene of bone-chilling events. These include the mysterious JonBenet Ramsey murder and the Columbine massacre. Most recently we find something equally monstrous—Dynel Lane’s attack on Michelle Wilkins, resulting in the death of Wilkins’ preborn baby. Summarizing this case, writer Matt Walsh states: A couple of weeks ago, a pregnant […]

Why Me, Lord? A Meditation

Why Me, Lord? A Meditation

Apr 10 15 • 2 comments

Why, Lord, did you give me this father, this mother, this brother, this sister, this son, this daughter, this relative, this in-law, this person, this acquaintance, this alleged friend? Why did you do this to me? Why did you put them in my life? Why did you put me in their lives? I do not […]

The Totally Phony Notion of “Unmet Need” for Contraception

The Totally Phony Notion of “Unmet Need” for Contraception

Apr 9 15 • 0 comments

As the UN puts polishing touches on their ambitious global plan to curb poverty, attention shifts from the political to the technical: how to measure progress and ensure targets are clearly defined? The new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an opportunity to reassess the “indicators” or benchmarks for reaching the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) […]

Poem: "Oh How I Love Her"

Poem: “Oh How I Love Her”

Apr 9 15 • 2 comments

A Spoken Word Poem by TJ Burdick

The "Orthodox Practice" on Divorce and Communion, Part II

The “Orthodox Practice” on Divorce and Communion, Part II

Apr 9 15 • 5 comments

At the close of the Extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops last October, the Synod’s Final Report ( the “Lineamenta”) included a questionnaire on pastoral practices on family issues.   Among the questions was number 38.  It opened with the following premise: “With regard to the divorced and remarried, pastoral practice concerning the sacraments needs to be […]

Garissa University College, Kenya

The Garissa University College Massacre

Apr 9 15 • 3 comments

So, why isn’t everybody talking about this?

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

The Second Greatest Story Ever Told

As one might expect, the first greatest story ever told is that of God creating the world and then sending His son to save us from our sins. Throughout human history, God has wanted His people to know Him, to love Him, and to Trust Him, but due to sin, this has not been an […]

Our God is a Mighty God

Our God is a Mighty God

Apr 7 15 • 0 comments

I love silence. I crave it sometimes, especially in a world that seems filled with noise 24/7. Radios and TVs, alarm clocks and iPods, CD players and Youtube, telephones and cell phones and people talking-talking-talking wherever we go. It can be a challenge to hear God’s voice over all of that noise. We might try […]

“Save Yourselves from this Corrupt Generation” (Acts 2:40)

“Save Yourselves from this Corrupt Generation” (Acts 2:40)

Apr 7 15 • 0 comments

This verse in the Book of Acts brings an image to my mind of a street activist holding a sign with these words scrawled across it — a scenario many would turn away from. But those who heard St. Peter’s speech at Pentecost were “cut to the heart by it,” and that day three thousand were baptized […]

Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a Forbidden God?

Is Indiana’s Debate the Precursor to a Forbidden God?

Apr 7 15 • 1 comment

No matter what side of the debate you find yourself on, the heated discussion surrounding Indiana’s recently passed religious freedom restoration act is infuriating. For those who honestly condemn bigotry it appears to be a discriminatory power grab, one that is nothing less than downright disheartening. For those who welcome the measure, they see a […]

Dawn of the Living Dead

Dawn of the Living Dead

Mary Magdalene wept. Inconsolable. Bereft. Her mind raced. What’s going on here? she thought. I think I need to go lie down, put a warm towel across my forehead and drink a cup of herbal tea. Too much, too soon, too fast, and I can’t wrap my mind around it. They say it is darkest […]

Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday

The serpent’s bite was a deadly one.  The venom had worked its way deep into the heart of the entire human race, doing its gruesome work.  The anti-venom was unavailable until He appeared.  One drop was all that was needed, so potent was this antidote.  Yet it was not like Him to be stingy.  He […]

Can It Be?

Can It Be?

Apr 4 15 • 16 comments

I celebrate my 21st Easter this year, 2015. For the first 38 years of my life I did not celebrate Easter because I was one of Jehovah’s Witnesses, a pseudo-Christian group with a very strange economy of salvation. It is not easy to describe life in a cult like Jehovah’s Witnesses. It is very dark. Even […]

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