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Last Minute Lent

Last Minute Lent

Mar 4 14 • 2 comments

If you still haven’t decided what is beneficial and appropriate for you to fast for Lent, you’re not alone.  For most of us, the really inspired ideas are pretty rare. It’s easy to turn Lent into a diet, or a way to boast publicly of doing without something pleasurable. I don’t know if we need to identify […]

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Once Upon a Time

Mar 4 14 • 0 comments

Electronic devices are everywhere. We know about the negative effects of too much TV, but now kids are watching videos in the car and accessing games and social media on computers and mobile devices. There was a time when kids would snuggle up with a good book to read or have their parents read to […]

Stethoscope-Money

The War Against Work and Wealth

Our standard of living depends on the production of wealth.

Obama Team Tries to Scrap Parts of Universal Human Rights Declaration

Obama Team Tries to Scrap Parts of Universal Human Rights Declaration

Angry over not getting a same-sex-friendly definition of the family into a new UN document, the Obama Administration tried to delete language agreed upon by the founders of the UN and repeated in documents since then. Regularly contentious in recent decades, the family has been a diplomatic football with one side eager to recognize “diverse […]

Our Lenten Journey

Our Lenten Journey

Mar 4 14 • 0 comments

As we begin our Lenten season tomorrow (our Eastern brethren began it yesterday), we Catholics are given the opportunity to once again discover the key to spiritual growth, and to once again correct our vices and imperfections we have accumulated since last Lent. In many Catholic circles today, Lent is viewed simply as “what food […]

Dollars and Cents

Government Power is an Economic Inequality

Mar 3 14 • 0 comments

The real concentration of wealth is no longer among men, but among institutions.

Six Ways to Pray Your Way Through Lent

Six Ways to Pray Your Way Through Lent

Mar 3 14 • 0 comments

Lent is coming soon, and many of us are already pondering what resolutions we’ll choose this year. No resolution can succeed without prayer, however, so here’s six ways to improve your prayer life this Lent. 1.  Make a daily prayer date with God. Best friends talk every day, so use the days of Lent to renew […]

It's Judgmental, Hateful, and Intolerant

It’s Judgmental, Hateful, and Intolerant

Mar 3 14 • 0 comments

Over the years the supporters of abortion have used a variety of adjectives to describe those of us who work to ensure equal protection for every human being from creation to death. For example, when Walk for Life West Coast sponsored an exhibition including placement of signs that read “Abortion Hurts Women” the Silver Ribbon Campaign to Trust […]

Ukraine - Hope, Faith and Solidarity in Times of Great Change

Ukraine – Hope, Faith and Solidarity in Times of Great Change

Mar 3 14 • 0 comments

An urgent appeal for prayer has come from one of Ukraine’s most senior Catholic bishops as momentous political change sweeps the country. Archbishop Mieczys?aw Mokrzycki, President of Ukraine’s Latin-rite Catholic Bishops’ Conference, highlighted the “great solidarity” of people worldwide, shown in prayer and practical aid. The archbishop’s comments, given in an interview with Catholic charity […]

Comfort Zone? Short Reflection on Two Beatitudes

Comfort Zone? Short Reflection on Two Beatitudes

God forbid that postmodern pressures inhibit us from promoting what is godly in the culture, nor deter us from opposing what is impious. Yes, going against the flow is proving stressful.  We live in tumultuous times, and some internal emotional turmoil (if not external persecution) will afflict any caring or sensitive Christian unwilling to remain […]

Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ

Paul in Arabia: From Messenger of Satan to Ambassador for Christ

I went into Arabia (Gal 1:17b).  To Arabia, but to what part?  To Mount Sinai, to the Red Sea, and to the city of Petra, a tour of salvation history, for God through his grace equipped Paul to be the Ambassador for Christ. To prepare himself, Paul spent forty days and forty nights in the desert […]

Five Reasons I'm Giving Up Facebook for Lent

Five Reasons I’m Giving Up Facebook for Lent

Mar 1 14 • 2 comments

If you feel called to give up a Facebook for Lent this year, you aren’t alone. In social media parlance, the idea is “trending.” Before I explain my reasons for seriously curbing my Facebook use this season, let me first acknowledge that social media enables me to do my work as a writer with great […]

Poem: "The Convent Threshold"

Poem: “The Convent Threshold”

The Convent Threshold There’s blood between us, love, my love, There’s father’s blood, there’s brother’s blood; And blood’s a bar I cannot pass: I choose the stairs that mount above, Stair after golden skyward stair, To city and to sea of glass. My lily feet are soiled with mud, With scarlet mud which tells a tale […]

Change for the Better – Reflections on Evangelization, Part III

Change for the Better – Reflections on Evangelization, Part III

Feb 28 14 • 0 comments

To wrap up this series on evangelization, it would be good to review briefly what’s been noted in previous articles in the series and to offer some reflections on both the goal of evangelization and the methods that bring about the fulfillment of that goal. In the first article I noted that evangelization is often […]

Son of God on Screen

Son of God on Screen

There are less people spending time with the Bible than with Facebook.  Having the Word of God get passed over by social media is sad.  Yet, as mere flesh and blood we are so easily distracted.  But it’s Jesus we are talking about—our Savior who suffered and died for us.  Can we have a little […]

Religious Sisters Escape Being Raped in the Central African Republic

Religious Sisters Escape Being Raped in the Central African Republic

Feb 28 14 • 0 comments

A local priest has reported on the looting, killings and rape that have followed the withdrawal of Seleka rebels into Chad from the Central African Republic, including the attempted rape of two religious Sisters. Father Aurelio Gazzera,  Caritas Director of the Diocese of Bouar, made his report to international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the […]

TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda

TV Show Intelligence: Patriotic Transhumanist Propaganda

Feb 28 14 • 0 comments

My husband watches the new TV show Intelligence starring Josh Holloway (previously Sawyer from Lost) as Gabriel, a man with a rare genetic mutation (or some such) that allowed the U.S. government to put a chip in his brain. This chip gives Gabriel unlimited access to the Internet directly into his consciousness. As an agent […]

Stronger Than

Stronger Than

Feb 27 14 • 0 comments

This great quote from St Ambrose bears deeper reflection; “Stronger than the person who conquers the strongest fortresses, is the one who conquers himself; nor is there any greater height of virtue.” “Conquering self,” what is that all about? There is a great term often used in statements about chastity called, self-mastery. This word says […]

The Book Whisperer: Favorite Books on Prayer

The Book Whisperer: Favorite Books on Prayer

Feb 27 14 • 1 comment

This week in Confirmation class we talked about the Rosary, and about how prayer is an important part of Christian life. Here are some of my favorite books on prayer and the saints. 33 Days to Morning Glory by Michael Gaitley. This “do-it-yourself” retreat is a wonderful introduction to Marian devotion (including the Rosary) and Christian […]

European Human Rights Court Hears Case on Same-Sex "Marriage"

European Human Rights Court Hears Case on Same-Sex “Marriage”

A once respected judicial authority, the European Court of Human Rights is increasingly turning into a spearhead of a cultural revolution that has nothing to do, but indeed contradicts and undermines, the values enshrined in the 1950 European Human Rights Convention. This sad development is illustrated inter alia by the way in which this Court […]

Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel

Front Row With Francis: Anointment of the Sick

Feb 27 14 • 0 comments

At his Weekly General Audience on Wednesday, February 26, 2014, Pope Francis got to talk about one of his favorite topics: care of the sick and the infirmed, by reference to the Anointment of the Sick.  The Pope tackled the ‘taboo’ quality of the misunderstood Sacrament, acknowledging that “there is a bit of this idea […]

Poem: "The Right to Perish..."

Poem: “The Right to Perish…”

Feb 27 14 • 0 comments

The Right to Perish Might be Thought (Part Five: The Single Hound V) The right to perish might be thought An undisputed right, Attempt it, and the Universe upon the opposite Will concentrate its officers— You cannot even die, But Nature and Mankind must pause To pay you scrutiny.  Emily Dickinson

FDA Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children

FDA Considers Allowing Genetically Modified Children

Feb 26 14 • 7 comments

This week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) met to discuss allowing the creation of human beings with three genetic parents to proceed to clinical trials. That is, whether to allow human “three-parent embryos” to be implanted and possibly grow to term. There are currently two different techniques for manufacturing three-parent embryos, the purpose of […]

A Tea Party in Need of Context

A Tea Party in Need of Context

Feb 26 14 • 9 comments

Since early 2009, the Tea Party as a movement has carved out a substantial place in electoral politics and the general political conversation. Yet for a movement that has garnered so much attention and notoriety, its actual effects have been a bit underwhelming. Tea Party Republicans in the House and Senate worked furiously first to […]

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