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St. Paul:  Dying to Live
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St. Paul: Dying to Live

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Saint Paul wrote his letter to the Philippians about a year before he died in prison at Rome.  In the letter he states concisely what he believes the human heart most longs for, that is, the meaning of life: “For to me life is Christ, and death is gain.” Paul wasn’t suicidal but he did […]

The Generosity of God
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The Generosity of God

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“But that’s not fair!”  Most parents have heard this phrase umpteen times.  The notion of fairness, also known as justice, is wired into us.  It makes us aware that each of us has certain rights that need to be respected. But it also means that we each have duties.  If others have the right to […]

Christian Filmmaking: Let's Be Honest
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Christian Filmmaking: Let’s Be Honest

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Several noteworthy commentaries on the lack of quality Christian filmmaking in recent years are beginning to pose an awkward question for those of us who are both trying to be faithful Catholics and film aficionados. With a few bright spots since Mel Gibson’s Passion of the Christ like The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe […]

Addressing Unintended Pregnancies: You're Doing it Wrong
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Addressing Unintended Pregnancies: You’re Doing it Wrong

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The Guttmacher Institute recently announced a study saying that as of 2012, 40% of pregnancies worldwide are unintended, and that this is not much different from 2008. Predictably, they also say that these “findings highlight [the] need for increased investment in contraceptive services.” Let’s break this down point by point: 1) What is “unintended,” exactly? The paper helpfully provides […]

Book Review: Mortal Blessings
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Book Review: Mortal Blessings

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I am a daughter of aging parents. While I don’t know the day or the hour, I know that the time is coming when I will need to walk with them on their final journey home. Death is part of life, and as a Catholic, I understand that it is the doorway to a different […]

You’re Not My Type!
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You’re Not My Type!

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Nowadays, there is much talk of “types” in dating.  “He’s a nice guy, but he’s not my type.” “I don’t know a thing about her, but she is definitely my type”.  Friends and family chime in as well because apparently they are in tune with your “type.” But what is a “type”? I have come […]

Including People with Schizophrenia
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Including People with Schizophrenia

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My wife, LaRee, never knew her maternal grandmother: Her name was Dora and she suffered from paranoid schizophrenia. Dora was institutionalized in a mental hospital in 1932 at 34 years of age. Eighty-two years ago the shame and stigma of having a family member in a mental institution was so great that few people in the family […]

Sirach for Social Media
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Sirach for Social Media

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At first glance, it may seem odd that social media places a premium on less. The internet makes vast amounts of information and images available instantly, yet Twitter limits “tweets” to 140 characters. Snapchat allows captions on photo and video message “snaps,” but the entire message disappears one to ten seconds after it is displayed. […]

Reflections for Sunday, September 21, 2014
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Reflections for Sunday, September 21, 2014

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Meditation and Questions for Reflection or Group Discussion (Isaiah 55:6-9; Psalm 145: 2-3,8-9,17-18; Philippians 1:20-24,27; Matthew 20:1-16) Bringing Glory to God by Our Thoughts and Actions Conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ. (Philippians 1:27) Paul speaks today about his desire to bring glory to Jesus by the way he thinks […]

The Rise of Assisted Suicide Rhetoric
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The Rise of Assisted Suicide Rhetoric

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Physician-assisted suicide, much like abortion and same-sex marriage, has become something of a cultural bellwether. Support for the right to end your own life indicates that you are a progressive-minded, compassionate person sensitive to the unique feelings and experiences of individuals facing terminal illness or chronic pain. It means you value the right of self-determination, […]

The Greatest Love of All
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The Greatest Love of All

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“Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8). St. Paul’s love discourse is most associated with matrimonial love because it speaks of love’s permanence. It’s often the selected reading at weddings because it teaches the betrothed how to give of themselves and resolve differences by means of the greatest spiritual gifts: faith, hope and love. But since […]

Ode to Feminine Genius: A Hospitable Woman
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Ode to Feminine Genius: A Hospitable Woman

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Hospitality really isn’t having folks over for dinner or inviting ladies to tea (although I love to do this); it isn’t making sure our homes are in decent enough order to welcome drop-ins (although this is a good idea). It is much more radical. Much more uncomfortable. Much more beautiful. Reprinted with permission from Catholic […]

Life Chain 2014 to be held across North America on Sunday, Oct. 5
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Life Chain 2014 to be held across North America on Sunday, Oct. 5

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On the first Sunday in October every year Life Chain invites people in every city, town and village in North America to stand on a designated local sidewalk and spend 60 to 90 minutes in silent prayer for the pre-born and for an end to abortion. This year’s Life Chain, the 27th annual public witness […]

Profession of Vows: Wildflower in the Pages of an Ancient Book
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Profession of Vows: Wildflower in the Pages of an Ancient Book

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I made my first vows of poverty, chastity and obedience on August 30, 2014. Visibly not much has changed. The biggest change is the veil I am wearing now. It has cleared up a lot of confusion. When I walk down the street, people now look at me and usually know what I am. In […]

Do We Have a War Strategy for ISIS?
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Do We Have a War Strategy for ISIS?

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No efforts can overcome a flawed strategy.

The Cross of Christ the Measure of the World
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The Measure of the World

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Holy Cross Day

Humility and the Holy Cross
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Humility and the Holy Cross

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In June I had my right hip replaced.  Twenty years of running eroded the cartilage in the joint and when the pain became intolerable I elected to go under the knife.  Parish elders said, “You’re too young to have hip surgery.” (I’m 43.)  In the words of Indiana Jones: “It’s not the years, it’s the […]

Feast of the Holy Cross
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Feast of the Holy Cross

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Terrorism is nothing new.  It’s probably as old as the human race. In fact the cradle of civilization, now Iraq, was the home of the most infamous terrorists of antiquity, the Assyrians.  Their goal was to conquer their neighbors in a way that would minimize  initial resistance and subsequent rebellion.  To do this, they knew […]

Preparing for Philadelphia 2015: A Liberty Bell for the Family
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Preparing for Philadelphia 2015: A Liberty Bell for the Family

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A year from now, believers from around the world will gather with the Pope in Philadelphia to celebrate God’s gift of the family. Marked by the theme Love is our Mission: The Family Fully Alive, this will be the Eighth World Meeting  of Families. Established by Saint John Paul II, these regular world gatherings began […]

Dolphin Tale 2, A Heartwarming Tale
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Dolphin Tale 2, A Heartwarming Tale

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As theaters are drowning in action movies and superheroes, a different kind of hero has made a second cinematic splash. Dolphin Tale 2 is a heart-warming, family friendly, and entertaining flick, featuring the unlikely protagonist, Winter; a dolphin without her tail. In case you missed the first Dolphin Tale, this based-on-a-true story movie focused on […]

UN Population Fund Angles For More
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UN Population Fund Angles For More

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“This is the first time I’ve had no need of tranquillizers ahead of a board meeting,” the head of the UN Population Fund joked. The executive board of the UN Population Fund met last week to oversee the activities of the $1 billion dollar population agency and approve new country programs. The head of the […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel
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Front Row With Francis: The Church and Mercy

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Pope Francis continued his catechises on the Church as mother during this Wednesday’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Sept.10. Throughout the entire address, the pope reiterated that the concept of mercy is at the crux of both the Gospels and the teaching of the Church. He also challenged Christians to let go of […]

Inside the Dolphin Tale’s Second Splash
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Inside the Dolphin Tale’s Second Splash

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What does a dolphin without a tale, acclaimed writer/director/actor Charles Martin Smith, and a group of renowned stars like Harry Connick Jr. and Morgan Freeman mean for Hollywood? In the first Dolphin Tale movie, it meant a major $100 million, motion picture hit worldwide and now, it means a sequel Dolphin Tale 2. But more […]

Thirteen Years, Onward
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Thirteen Years, Onward

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Christians know that evil won’t win in the end, yet that knowledge sometimes seems small comfort when the end seems far from sight. Scripture tells us that Christ will come, angels will gather all humanity, and judgment will be final. Yet until that triumphant day, we carry the pilgrim’s palm, not the victor’s wreath, hoping […]

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