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Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

November 11, AD 2016 0 Comments
Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I was on recently, was witnessing married couples renew their marriage vows in Cana of Galilee, the site where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast to which He and Mary were invited. A church now stands at the site. It […]

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Parents Are An Image of God

September 20, AD 2016 1 Comment
Parents Are An Image of God

The image of God that parents can portray is meant to make a mark in the hearts and memories of the children it serves. In this way, parents will do much more in the lives of their kids by leaving with them a living impression of God in a way that is impossible for anything […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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NFP as a Mama of Three

July 31, AD 2016 2 Comments
NFP as a Mama of Three

It’s the end of NFP Awareness Week, so I’m going to throw in a few cents as a mama with three kids under three. Natural Family Planning is getting to know the woman’s fertility through various means (mucus, hormone monitor, basal thermometer, etc.) and then, making a decision about when to have sex in order […]

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Princess Esther and Saying Yes to Adoption

July 13, AD 2016 1 Comment
Princess Esther and Saying Yes to Adoption

You may not be able to create life, but you can almost always save one. If you say yes.

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Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

May 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

When Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the mainstream media and major Catholic websites were all over it, highlighting the broad structure of the document and, mostly, focusing on the tricky issue of just what exactly Chapter 8 of the text means.  If that’s the type of article you’re looking for, look elsewhere. […]

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Tactical Pause

May 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Tactical Pause

Once upon a time, out near Texas somewhere, I was conducting a training exercise. It was a an IED response/mass casualty lane and one of the casualties was going downhill fast (there was a malfunction when the lane trainers had set it up and it was dying a lot faster than they had planned). My […]

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Let Him Serve You

March 14, AD 2016 0 Comments
Let Him Serve You

My husband – much like his father – gets things done on his own time schedule. If I ask him to fold the laundry or wash the dishes, he will do it, but perhaps not in the time frame I would desire. In certain instances this has been a struggle in our marriage because I […]

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Marriage, Parenting and Drifting Standards

March 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Marriage, Parenting and Drifting Standards

“Many of us have had the experience of living in some local pocket of human society – some particular school, college, regiment or profession where the tone was bad. And inside that pocket certain actions were regarded as merely normal (‘Everyone does it’) and certain others as impracticably virtuous and Quixotic. But when we emerged […]

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Salvation through Wrinkles

March 3, AD 2016 2 Comments
Salvation through Wrinkles

“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion. I prefer a man and a woman, don Aniceto and his wife, with faces that are wrinkled due to the daily struggles over the fifty years of strong married love; and […]

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The Spirituality of the Parent

February 1, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Spirituality of the Parent

Don’t doubt it: your vocation is the greatest grace our Lord could have given you. Thank Him for it. -St. Josemaria Escriva I know this might not be true for everyone, but I need to admit that the ordinariness of the married vocation blinds me every now and then and I forget that this exact […]

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Infertility in the Christmas Season

January 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Infertility in the Christmas Season

I recently finished weaning my toddler, my second born. When her sister was her age (nearly two and a half) she not only had been weaned for months, but I was also nearly halfway through my pregnancy with my youngest. I had always assumed that I would be pregnant again, by the time that I […]

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Pastoral Discernment and the Synod on the Family: A Medical Analogy

October 29, AD 2015 1 Comment
Pastoral Discernment and the Synod on the Family: A Medical Analogy

With the publication of the summary document of the 2015 Synod on the Family, the brouhaha about the synod appears to be taking on a new life. The most vocal people on both the liberal side and the conservative side seem equally displeased with the results. Father James Martin, well known for being sympathetic towards […]

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5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

October 22, AD 2015 17 Comments
5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

Questions such as communion for the divorced and remarried, female deacons, and acceptance of homosexual relationships have dominated the media discussion about the Synod that began earlier this month. Instead of adding volume to those debates, I want to point out a few positive things we can pray come out of the synod. The synod […]

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Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

October 17, AD 2015 3 Comments
Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

Every week my wife and I bring our two young children to Mass. We typically go to Mass at the same time each week. We sit in the same general area. We are typically surrounded by the same people. Yet the one thing that is never “the same” is our children’s behavior. Yes, we have […]

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