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Poem: "Some Like Poetry"

Poem: “Some Like Poetry”

Mar 19 16 • 0 comments

Some Like Poetry Some – thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the minority. Not counting schools, where one has to, and the poets themselves, there might be two people per thousand. Like – but one also likes chicken soup with noodles, one likes compliments and the color blue, one likes an […]

Yemen: 'They Passed Out Bread and Received Gunfire'

Yemen: ‘They Passed Out Bread and Received Gunfire’

Mar 18 16 • 0 comments

The Catholic Church on the Arabian Peninsula has expressed its dismay at the indifference world opinion has shown in response to the nuns murdered in Yemen. In Aden on March 4, 2016, four nuns of the order founded by the Blessed Mother Teresa, whose work involved the care of the elderly and disabled—as well as […]

Book Review: When You Suffer

Book Review: When You Suffer

In When You Suffer: Biblical Keys for Hope and Understanding (Servant Books, 2015), Jeff Cavins tackles the difficult question of why a good God allows us to suffer and what we can do to make that suffering have value in our lives. He defines suffering as anything that makes our life less than ideal, so […]

In Memoriam: Robert Struble, Jr.

In Memoriam: Robert Struble, Jr.

Mar 16 16 • 3 comments

Please join Catholic Lane in prayers of thanksgiving for the life of Robert (Bob) Struble, Jr., associate editor for Politics at Catholic Lane, who entered into eternal life on February 26, 2016. Today’s currency for friendship is often purely electronic. So it was with Bob and me. We knew each primarily via email and social […]

European Surrogacy Market Suffers Setback

European Surrogacy Market Suffers Setback

Mar 16 16 • 0 comments

Yesterday, the Council of Europe rejected a report on surrogacy that proposed regulation of the practice rather than a full ban. This is excellent news for those of us who have been campaigning for so long to Stop Surrogacy Now in all forms and in all places. This comes at a time where Europe is […]

Catholic Colleges Can Discuss Abortion Without Inviting Planned Parenthood

Catholic Colleges Can Discuss Abortion Without Inviting Planned Parenthood

Mar 16 16 • 5 comments

Georgetown University has defended next month’s lecture by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards by claiming a commitment to “the free exchange of ideas.” Catholic colleges absolutely should expose students to the arguments against Catholic teaching — including those about abortion, contraception and sexuality — but an unfiltered lecture from someone who has no respect for […]

UN Human Rights Power Grab

UN Human Rights Power Grab

The UN abortion debate took a turn last week when one of the top human rights committees abandoned a decades-long diplomatic tactic of using linguistic ambiguity to advance a right to abortion. The committee that monitors the 1966 Convention on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (CESCR) issued a “general comment” saying that abortion rights are […]

All Love Bears Fruit

All Love Bears Fruit

Mar 15 16 • 0 comments

Fruitfulness is one of the essential gifts of marriage. We’re all familiar with God’s words to Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth” (Gn 1:28). God’s directive to the mother and father of all humanity refers to physical fruitfulness. But Jesus in the Gospels speaks about […]

Lenten Check-Up: Don't be Afraid to Start Again

Lenten Check-Up: Don’t be Afraid to Start Again

Mar 14 16 • 0 comments

I remember those Lents when I kept my resolution but still failed in what I set out to do. By giving up chocolate, diet soda, the internet and social media, I emerged from those 40 days slimmer, less addicted to caffeine, and Facebook-free, yet no stronger spiritually. The Lents that drew me closer to God […]

Poem: "Live Henceforth in My Love"

Poem: “Live Henceforth in My Love”

Mar 14 16 • 0 comments

Live Henceforth in My Love Blessing full and overflowing Pour over me, Around me, And though and through. It is You, Who plans for me, Accomplishes this work, And I , For my part, Desire, And yield, My whole life, Loving You. ©2013 Joann Nelander

Be Present: A Suitable Place For The Lord

Be Present: A Suitable Place For The Lord

Mar 14 16 • 0 comments

My Lenten meditation and prayer this year has yielded some spiritual fruit. I am trying to work toward a renewed focus on something in my life: Be Present. It’s a simple idea. I want to pursue a life that does less looking backward to where I have been and less looking forward to where I […]

Smartly Stupid

Smartly Stupid

Mar 12 16 • 2 comments

Genuine intelligence is threatening. Manufactured intelligence is soothing.

Patient Progress

Patient Progress

Mar 11 16 • 0 comments

My son called from graduate school, somewhat discouraged. As part of his degree program, he works with ninth graders, spending his days trying to convince jaded 13 and 14 year olds to care about literature. He’s new to the field and discovering that the major struggle in teaching is not making a lesson plan, but […]

God's Love is Extravagant

God’s Love is Extravagant

Mar 11 16 • 0 comments

There is nothing you can ever do to make God love you less. Nothing. This is very hard for us human creatures to wrap our heads around: a love so generous we can’t do anything to lessen it. Jesus came to make this point perfectly and tangibly clear through His life and death. In the […]

Proposal to “Rethink” Maternal Health Aims to Leave Mothers Behind

Proposal to “Rethink” Maternal Health Aims to Leave Mothers Behind

Mar 10 16 • 0 comments

The position of maternal health as an international priority has changed a lot in the last twenty years. In 1985, leading medical journal The Lancet published an article titled “Maternal Mortality – A Neglected Tragedy: Where is the M in MCH [maternal and child health]?”   Since then, maternal health became a major topic of global […]

Who Wouldn't Want This?

Who Wouldn’t Want This?

Mar 10 16 • 0 comments

Has Lent got you feeling grumpy? Deprived? Hungry? Has politics got you acting like a real bear? Are you snapping at people? Is the long wait for the first buds of springtime transforming you into someone from whom people walk away? Your heart, soul, body, and mind all need something. But what? If only The […]

A Spoken Word Poem: "Yes to You"

A Spoken Word Poem: “Yes to You”

Mar 10 16 • 0 comments
Why God Sends Us Imperfect Popes

Why God Sends Us Imperfect Popes

Mar 9 16 • 6 comments

Pope Francis set tongues wagging again with his latest comments that contraception might be used to prevent birth defects caused by the Zika virus. The secular media seem delighted by the implication that the Catholic Church’s traditional opposition to artificial birth control might be eased. In response to reporters’ questions during his flight from Mexico […]

New Study Shows Depo-Provera Increases Risk of HIV Infection

New Study Shows Depo-Provera Increases Risk of HIV Infection

A new peer-reviewed study,1 conducted in collaboration with the Population Research Institute (PRI), shows that women who use Depo-Provera are significantly more likely to acquire HIV. Due to funding from organizations like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and agencies like the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Depo-Provera is the most widely used form of […]

The Keys to Health and Happiness

The Keys to Health and Happiness

Mar 8 16 • 3 comments

Get this: Wealth, fame and success don’t make us happy, but strong relationships do. That’s according to a 77-year-long Harvard Study of Adult Development that I read about in The Independent. The study began in 1938 with 724 men from two distinct groups. The first group included 268 sophomores from Harvard. The second group included […]

Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton

Planned Parenthood and Hillary Clinton

Mar 7 16 • 0 comments

She gets their first-ever presidential primary endorsement.

Beyond Us and Beside Us

Beyond Us and Beside Us

Mar 7 16 • 0 comments

In the Book of Isaiah the prophet recounts his vision: He saw God, sitting before him on a “high and lofty throne”while the Seraphim stationed above cried out: “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts. All the earth is full of his glory.” Then at the sound of that cry “the frame of the […]

The Spiritual Ideal of a Selfless Self

The Spiritual Ideal of a Selfless Self

Mar 4 16 • 1 comment

A hallmark of the modern age is an obsession with individual rights. It seems that every other day somebody is demanding his or her rights. Some people even demand rights that are not even written down anywhere or recognized by any legislature or court. Like I say, it is a hallmark of the age in […]

Surrogacy's Incredibly Dark Side

Surrogacy’s Incredibly Dark Side

Mar 4 16 • 0 comments

The hidden camera footage reveals the Indian restaurant is crowded, and the ambient noise of fellow diners all around makes it hard to hear. But Gianna Toboni, an investigative reporter from HBO’s documentary show VICE, slowly begins to understand what is being offered to her by a woman sitting across the table. Toboni is in India to […]

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