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Abortion's Nadir
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Abortion’s Nadir

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For those who believe that life begins at conception, abortion hangs over society like a dark cloud. So long as the culture and the courts continue to embrace this barbaric practice as simply a matter of “women’s health care,” there remains a need for pro-life advocacy and activism. According to the most recent statistics gathered […]

Crisis in the Central African Republic
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Crisis in the Central African Republic

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Just recently, Pope Francis said that the Church should be a “field hospital.” In the Central African Republic, this is now everyday routine. Thousands of people have sought shelter in the mission stations and monasteries. The Carmelite monastery in the capital Bangui has also been turned into a refugee camp. Normally the monastery is a […]

Croatia Upholds Marriage, Despite Government Threats
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Croatia Upholds Marriage, Despite Government Threats

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Croatians cast their ballots last Sunday and the result was swift and clear: 66% voted to add marriage is a “union between a man and a woman” in Croatia’s constitution. Government officials were unhappy, and called the marriage referendum divisive, discriminatory, and a waste of money. Reports of officials intimidating supporters leaked in the weeks […]

John B. Tabb - Priest-Poet
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Tabb’s Poetry XLVI

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Five poems by John B. Tabb.

Advent: Waiting Like Mary and Joseph
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Advent: Waiting Like Mary and Joseph

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I have just finished my annual routine of climbing into the attic and hauling out the box that stores our much-used Advent wreath. Candles? Check. Prayers? Check. Matches? We’ll need to get more of those. Like most families, the season of Advent falls right in the middle of a very busy time. School, work, extracurricular […]

Why Aren't They Preaching About What I Think is Important?
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Why Aren’t They Preaching About What I Think is Important?

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Catholics tend to have a love/hate relationship with the concept of a homily.  In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis laments how everyone suffers when it comes to the homily.  The priest suffers because he has to give it, and the laity suffers having to listen.  This can be made worse by the fact that preachers can have […]

Second Sunday of Advent: How's Your New Year Going?
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Second Sunday of Advent: How’s Your New Year Going?

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The Advent season includes the feasts of many popular saints, including St. Nicholas, St. Ambrose, St. Juan Diego, and St. Lucy.  As I mentioned in my post about St. Nicholas, I didn’t learn much about the lives of the saints until I was an adult. I recognized St. Valentine’s Day and St. Patrick’s Day because they […]

Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya
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Controlling Women’s Desires in Kenya

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The Kenyan government recently outlined a new brand of coercive population control. Unlike China’s policy which uses coercion to control the number of births, Kenya is trying to control population earlier in the reproductive process by changing women’s desires to have children. In the early 1980’s, the average woman in Kenya had 8 children. In […]

St. Paul: To Rome With Hope and Love
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St. Paul: To Rome With Hope and Love

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The season of Advent is about hope.  That is the message to be taken from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.  His message of hope in Christ speaks to Christians throughout the millennia as it did to the Church at Rome c. AD 57. Back then the Roman Christians experienced persecution at the […]

The Advent of Virtue – Week Two
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The Advent of Virtue – Week Two

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Last week we kicked off the Fathers for Good Advent series with a reflection on the virtue of fortitude and discussed ways in which it can help us grow with our families in these blessed days before Christmas. (You can read Week One here.) This week, we match the cardinal virtue of prudence to our Advent […]

Winter and Our Desire for Holy Silence
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Winter and Our Desire for Holy Silence

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I never have been a big fan of winter. Give me 90-degree temperatures with a chance to wear shorts and a T-shirt rather than 20 degrees, layers of clothing and slick streets. I’ll take baseball, walks to the ice cream shop and the smell of fresh-cut grass any time. Well, there is one thing I […]

Why Religion Matters More Than Science
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Why Religion Matters More Than Science

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I just finished writing a thesis about the late Father Stanley Jaki’s work for a Master’s degree in Theology, and my brain hurts. I love that about scholarship. You learn, assimilate, and then possess new knowledge. It’s hard, but you earn it. In the end, it’s more exciting than going to the mall, buying a […]

Stem Cell Funding Shifts Toward Ethical Research
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Stem Cell Funding Shifts Toward Ethical Research

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I have always said that if you want accurate information about stem cell research and its possibilities, you should be reading the business section. Anything else is probably misleading, hyped or even flat out lies. In other words, follow the money. The money will tell you what is truly promising research. The money is painting […]

Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?
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Do Catholics Believe in Ghosts?

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When I was ten years old I had a direct encounter with a ghost. My brother and I were playing in our bedroom, which was in the attic, of our three-story house in New Jersey. There were steep stairs leading up to the bedroom from the third floor walk way. My brother and I were […]

Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement
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Healing Hearts: An Open Letter to the Pro-Life Movement

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To some of the finest people I’ve been privileged to know: For decades I heard the call in prayer to stand up against the monstrous evil that has been unfolding in this nation since Roe v. Wade, which was handed down when I was twelve years old. For years I blinded myself to the horror […]

Filling Soles on St. Nick’s Day
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Filling Soles on St. Nick’s Day

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Growing up, Saint Nicholas Day meant three things:  the fireplace, stocking caps, and the biggest pair of shoes you could find. It started the evening before, when we finished the family rosary.  We always ended our rosary with the ‘blowing of the candle.’  Well, actually it wasn’t a candle, it was a little oil lamp […]

Iraq: “ How Can We Live in Such a Tragic Situation?”
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Iraq: “ How Can We Live in Such a Tragic Situation?”

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“In Iraq there are fewer and fewer Christians. The persistent violence, fear, lack of work opportunities  and the issue of safety for life and limb are forcing us to leave our country, our homes and our families,” Msgr. Shlemon Warduni reported directly on the tragedy which seems never ending. “The future for Christians in Iraq, […]

Belgium’s Culture of Death
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Belgium’s Culture of Death

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If you want to see what happens when a society enthusiastically swallows the euthanasia poison, look at Belgium. Perhaps influenced by its neighbor the Netherlands — which pioneered euthanasia permissiveness — Belgium legalized euthanasia in 2002. The country has since leaped head-first off a vertical moral cliff. As usual, when the law was being debated, […]

This is My Calling, This is My Vocation
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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

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I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held a baby before my first born.You would think having nine children would have […]

Fluke's Gimmick
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Fluke’s Gimmick

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Sandra Fluke was once a law student at Georgetown University. One day, in 2012, the Speaker of the House of Representatives—pro-abortion Catholic Nancy Pelosi—held a Congressional hearing specifically to hear testimony from one witness. That witness was Sandra Fluke. According to reports, Fluke had been blocked from testifying at a House Oversight and Government Reform […]

Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Reflections for Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Second Sunday of Advent Meditation and Questions for Reflection/Group Discussion (Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2,7-8, 12-13,17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12) Growing in Godly Patience and Love Welcome one another, then, as Christ welcomed you. (Romans 15:7) Jesus sure has a lot of patience, doesn’t he? Day in and day out, he puts up with our erratic […]

Refuting the Myth of the "Invisible Church"
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Refuting the Myth of the “Invisible Church”

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After they rejected the hierarchical Catholic Church, one of the early tasks of the protestant reformulators was to redefine what Church is; more precisely, to define the visible nature of the New Covenant community of God’s chosen people. It being clear to them through sacred Scripture that Christ Jesus actually did established a Church; they […]

Book Review: Yes, God!
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Book Review: Yes, God!

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Have you ever looked at a priest or religious and wondered how it was that he or she came to be there – what made that person willing and able to say “yes” to God’s call? Susie Lloyd, author of Please Don’t Drink the Holy Water and Bless Me, Father, For I Have Kids, decided […]

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