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Marriage: God First, Spouse Second, Children Third

Marriage is a hot button topic these days. The definition of marriage is challenged all around us, and the nuclear family is attacked by the secularized world. As the Humanae Vitae 2018 Symposium, held at the University of America, recently confirmed the nuclear family is in danger. Yet, it is vitally important to the common good of society.  The prevalent use...

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Social Yet Private
Is It Time To MeWe?

Stories about the corruption of social media giant, Facebook, are coming in at an increasingly faster pace. Apparently, not only is our privacy at risk, but we are being manipulated and targeted. There are accusations surrounding the election cycle, mind games, and total betrayal – all in the name of socializing. It may well be time to take another path...

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Lord, Have Divine Mercy on Us

  The true meaning of the word mercy is often misunderstood and misused. Far from indicating that all bets are off and you are free to do whatever you please – without repercussions – true mercy has ramifications that benefit the immortal soul. The definition of Mercy is: The disposition to be kind and forgiving. Founded on compassion, mercy differs from compassion...

Mary, the Mother of All

Recently, a non-Catholic asked me a question. Afraid that it might be a silly question (it wasn’t), she wondered if a Protestant owning an object with the image of Mary was somehow considered objectionable (it isn’t). Apparently, this dear sister in Christ has a great affinity for our Blessed Mother and finds comfort from her. What a gift! Many Catholics...

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Easter: Joyful Beginning
or Disappointing Letdown?

Easter joy is the culmination of a Lent filled with prayer, sacrifice, and giving. Yet we sometimes feel let down, as if we had reached our goal and now it is all over. Instead, we need to use each Lenten season and Easter Octave as a means of continually strengthening our resolve to live as the children of God.

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Are We Politically Correct Like Pilate?

As Holy Week begins, we might ask ourselves if we are a part of the ‘go along to get along’ crowd like Pilate. Do we simply sit back in our comfortable haven or are we advocates for the less fortunate? Do we join in the Cross or wait, selfishly, for Easter joy? Jesus admonishes us to take up our cross and follow Him.

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Seder Meals Are Not Catholic Practice

During a past Lent, I shared a seemingly innocuous and informative post about the Jewish practice of Seder during Passover. The resulting confusion and charges of antisemitism bewildered me. The catalyst? A fact-packed video by a Catholic priest, The Christian Seder Meal: A Violation of  the First Commandment and a blog link to another video by a Catholic priest. Strong Reactions Below are...

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The Weight of the (Chapel) Veil

The decision to veil is not taken lightly by the women who voluntarily practice this devotion. In the same way, perceptions of them require careful thought as well. Although many still misunderstand veiling, this practice has gained ground. It would reflect Christian charity to be fully informed before judging.