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Isn't She Lovely: A Million Grandfathers Say

Isn’t She Lovely: A Million Grandfathers Say

Oct 21 14 • 0 comments

In 1976 my daughter was born. I was head-over-heels in love with her. At the time I was a commercial writer for a television station; I remember clicking away on my manual typewriter in time with a new tune by Stevie Wonder: Isn’t She Lovely. To me (and a million other new fathers) that song […]

A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot

A Case of Surrogacy’s Gordian Knot

Oct 21 14 • 0 comments

What a mess. What a God-awful mess the new reproductive technologies in general—and commercial surrogacy, in particular—are making of family life. What a legal, emotional, and moral mess. Case in point: A commercial surrogacy contract was litigated in Tennessee all the way to the state’s Supreme Court—which was forced to sort out the chaos that […]

Jail Bars and Hands

Dangerous Liaisons: Martha Coakley and Bernard Baran

Justice is obscured when prosecutors use criminal convictions to bolster political ambition. Justice is defeated when prosecutors deny their mistakes to get elected. The French word, “liaison” comes from an older French word, related to the Latin word, “ligere”, meaning “to bind together.” Somewhere in its tangled etymological history, “liaison” was transformed in common usage […]

Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko

When the Communists Murdered a Priest

Oct 20 14 • 0 comments

Fr. Popieluszko was beatified in 2010.

Building Technology Boundaries

Building Technology Boundaries

Oct 20 14 • 0 comments

As much as I don’t like to think about it now, my 2-year-old daughter will not always desire to spend every waking minute with her mom. She prefers to engage with me now, but I know that the television, computer, phone and movies will grab her attention as she gets older. So I strive to […]

Book Review: Seven Saints for Seven Virtues

Book Review: Seven Saints for Seven Virtues

In our modern world, it can be extremely challenging to live a virtuous life. “The concept of virtue is often considered outdated and old-fashioned, but for Catholics, becoming virtuous is essential for eternal salvation.” What, then, can we do? Thankfully, we have saints we can look to as role models in virtue as we journey […]

Poem: "Spiritual Communion"

Poem: “Spiritual Communion”

Oct 19 14 • 0 comments

Spiritual Communion Come, my Lord, to this poor dwelling, You are Lord of all, and heaven is at hand As You approach. Come in Spirit to my humble abode, At your coming, the angels make ready. They spread their wings over Your Mercy Seat, Come be enthroned here in my heart. Allow the splendor of […]

40 Days for Life: Saving Lives Around the World

40 Days for Life: Saving Lives Around the World

Oct 17 14 • 0 comments

40 Days for Life is a grassroots effort. Even as the campaign continues to grow, our headquarters team tries to visit as many 40 Days for Life locations as possible. It’s important for us to meet with you, and your fellow volunteers, at your prayerful vigil. With 297 cities in 11 countries conducting 40 Days […]

Movie Review: Men, Women and Children

Movie Review: Men, Women and Children

Do not see Men, Women and Children unless you are inured to today’s porn and sex and sex and porn everywhere. The language and visuals are graphic and explicit and involve teens (and remember, today’s sex is degraded), but after a few seconds of getting into it each time, the camera mercifully cuts away. But […]

The Synod and Being Afraid of the Gospel

The Synod and Being Afraid of the Gospel

Oct 17 14 • 6 comments

As editor here at Catholic Lane, we’ve received a lot of submissions regarding the synod. Our correspondent Karee Santos has been busy giving you her thoughts on the Synod from the standpoint of someone who deals with marriage prep in the real world. I’ve received several submissions from readers who wish to offer their own […]

The Loss of Christian Empathy

The Loss of Christian Empathy

Oct 16 14 • 1 comment

Maclean’s recently featured a compelling summary of our rapidly-deteriorating communities titled “The End of Neighbours.” The expertly-written piece by Brian Bethune is one of the better articles you’ll read this year, and it gets at a key tragedy that is particularly convicting for a Christian conservative: We have forsaken our neighbors. For decades, Americans and Canadians have been […]

The Trouble With Uterus Transplants

The Trouble With Uterus Transplants

Oct 16 14 • 1 comment

Last week doctors in Sweden announced the birth of a baby after a uterus transplant. The baby is so far healthy being born at only 31 weeks gestation. I am very happy that mother and baby are healthy enough to leave the hospital and I wish them continued health. I  also wish that this procedure […]

Breaking Body

Breaking Body

Oct 14 14 • 1 comment

Who is The Church? Who is the Body of Christ? Who belongs? A temptation exists to spend so much time answering these questions correctly and identifying who is with us and who is against us that we miss out on membership ourselves. Some of us are so busy counting heads, checking purses, and securing a […]

Poem: "The Relic of the True Cross"

Poem: “The Relic of the True Cross”

Oct 14 14 • 0 comments

The Relic of the True Cross I saw you today, You tiny speck. Small though you are, You are astounding to see, Resting in your reliquary. I gazed upon you, Expecting some miracle, To happen, then and there, And to me. Tiny you are in your resting place. Blessed by Him who touched your face. […]

In Lebanon, a Major Catholic Village Walks its Way of the Cross

In Lebanon, a Major Catholic Village Walks its Way of the Cross

Oct 14 14 • 1 comment

The village of Kaa is in the north of the Bekaa Valley, close to the Syrian border. It has a population of some 13,000 Christians, most of them Melkites. After the city of Zahle, this is the home of the country’s the largest Catholic population. Kaa is surrounded by mostly Shiite Muslim communities. Kaa has […]

Struble's Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago

Struble’s Holy Land Adventures a Generation Ago

Oct 14 14 • 1 comment

With the Middle East in mayhem, I’ve been thinking back to my travels in Egypt and Israel during a less tumultuous time.  Upon returning to my teaching post in snowy Salzburg Austria, I found myself suffering from a fever – possibly a result of the sudden change from shirtsleeve weather to freezing cold.  From the […]

The Kettle to the Pot

The Kettle to the Pot

Oct 13 14 • 0 comments

We were having oatmeal for breakfast, and the one-year-old handed me his spoon and said: “Feed!” He likes it when I feed him sometimes (as in: as often as I’ll agree to). The morning in question he was just too cute to turn down, so I took the offered spoon and started feeding him. He […]

Go Through Doors of New Possibilities

Go Through Doors of New Possibilities

Oct 13 14 • 0 comments

Helen Keller was deaf and blind from early childhood, yet she became one of the great humanitarians of the 20th Century. When news of her death in 1968 came over the radio, I remember my father said, “There goes a great person.” I was fifteen years old at the time and too self-absorbed to care […]

Marriage and the Cult of Momentary Well Being

Marriage and the Cult of Momentary Well Being

Oct 13 14 • 0 comments

The current crisis in marriage and family life arises from “a cult of momentary well-being,” stated Cardinal Peter Erdö, the relator general of the 2014 Synod of the Family. In his opening speech, one which traditionally sets the tone for the whole synod, the Cardinal emphasized that “many look upon their lives not as a […]

Is Rock Music Good for You?

Is Rock Music Good for You?

Oct 11 14 • 4 comments

We all know that the lyrics of rock music are often morally offensive; however, evidence is appearing which indicates that rock music itself may be harmful regardless of the lyrics.  Although studies of the harmful effects of rock music are hard to find, there is a growing concern that there is something about the beat […]

Oldest Manager to Win World Series Still Enjoys Kid’s Game

Oldest Manager to Win World Series Still Enjoys Kid’s Game

Oct 10 14 • 0 comments

Most 80-year-olds would never consider managing a professional baseball team. Then again, most 80-year-olds would never be asked to manage a professional baseball team. Yet, in June 2011, Jack McKeon accepted the then-Florida (now Miami) Marlins’ offer to lead the team as interim manager. McKeon’s previous stint with the Marlins included a World Series Championship in […]

Forever and Ever, Amen: Part III

Forever and Ever, Amen: Part III

Oct 10 14 • 0 comments

In my previous articles on marriage (part1 and part2), I offered some thoughts courtesy of Archbishop Sheen on the male and female relationship, and our unique perspectives regarding marriage. St. John Paul II also has some remarkable things to say that may add greater depth. In his great work on The Dignity and Vocation of […]

Population Projections Prompt Predictable Panic, Pundits Push Problematic Policies

Population Projections Prompt Predictable Panic, Pundits Push Problematic Policies

Oct 10 14 • 0 comments

It’s a familiar ritual. The media response to the latest UN population projections splits between casual interest and panic with a heaping side dish of policy recommendations. To the alarmists, the prospect that population growth may stabilize after the year 2100 instead of before represents a call to action. At a press conference, UN official […]

Book Review: Three Moments of the Day

Book Review: Three Moments of the Day

In the Foreward to Three Moments of the Day by Fr. Christopher Collins, Fr. James Kubicki reminds us that “every precious moment of time has eternal significance, either contributing to the salvation of our neighbor or not.” Given that each moment of our life has this eternal value, how do we make the most of […]

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