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Mercy and Killing

Gun Control Part 6: Principalities and Powers

October 19, AD 2015 2 Comments
Gun Control Part 6: Principalities and Powers

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12. The truly disturbing thing about mass shootings is how powerfully they fascinate us. We talk about them, blog about them, run news segments on them, […]

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

September 10, AD 2014 2 Comments
ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Martyrdom in Mosul

August 13, AD 2014 4 Comments
Martyrdom in Mosul

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce evil. After […]

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Christ Teaches Us How to Die

April 17, AD 2014 3 Comments
Christ Teaches Us How to Die

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe, […]

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I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

March 20, AD 2014 2 Comments
I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a […]

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Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

March 10, AD 2014 3 Comments
Child Euthanasia and the Creative Character of Suffering

Last month the Belgian Parliament passed a bill authorizing “voluntary” euthanasia for terminally ill children. Despite pressure from thousands of signatories to a petition requesting that he do otherwise and protests in the country against the bill, King Philippe signed the measure into law last week on March 4th. Belgium initially legalized euthanasia for adults […]

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Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

January 24, AD 2014 1 Comment
Honesty Alert: ‘So what if abortion ends life?’ 2.0

In a similar vein to my post about Duck Dynasty and A&E’s clear message to Christians, I wanted to recall attention to this article posted on Salon, “So What if Abortion Ends Life?” and examine the 2014 attitude towards abortion from those who defend it. The piece is just about a year old now, but […]

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Good News About Down Syndrome

November 5, AD 2013 0 Comments
Good News About Down Syndrome

The modern search and destroy mission to wipe people with Down syndrome off of the planet through eugenic abortion has taken so much love and joy out of the world. Not only is life with Ds not as bleak as most parents are told when their child is prenatally diagnosed, but scientists are making significant advancements in the treatment some of the more serious side-effects of the disorder.

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Being Pregnant on Respect Life Sunday

October 7, AD 2013 0 Comments
Being Pregnant on Respect Life Sunday

This weekend I visited my parents for my dad’s birthday. Sunday morning the family went to church where my mom and I climbed the stairs to the choir loft to sing for Sunday Mass. It was so good to be “home”–before I got married, I sang each Sunday and practiced each Thursday with these people. […]

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Enterprise Ethics

October 3, AD 2013 3 Comments
Enterprise Ethics

One of my favorite television shows when I was younger was Star Trek: The Next Generation. I’ve been watching some old episodes of the series on Netflix and recently I was very surprised and impressed with an episode called “Ethics” and the way it dealt with the issue of disability and assisted suicide. The episode […]

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Your Misery Has Disappeared in the Depths of My Mercy

September 6, AD 2013 2 Comments
Your Misery Has Disappeared in the Depths of My Mercy

It is at the confluence of hope and despair where the message of the cross shines the brightest, where the love of its Victim is seen in its fullest light. There, Jesus beckons us and at Calvary, he calls out and says, “I thirst” (John 19:28). What does he thirst for? He thirsts for souls, […]

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Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms

October 27, AD 2012 16 Comments
Death with Dignity and Other Euphemisms

Our society is very fond of euphemisms. We like to wrap up difficult ideas and realities with words that make us feel warm and fuzzy, or at least distract us from the real meaning behind the word or phrase we are using. Phrases like pass away, friendly fire, and letting someone go, litter our vocabulary. We don’t even […]

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How to Argue Against Euthanasia without Resorting to “Because God Doesn’t Like It”

October 8, AD 2012 9 Comments
How to Argue Against Euthanasia without Resorting to “Because God Doesn’t Like It”

While the cultural battle rages most obviously around abortion, another threat to human dignity, euthanasia, has been in the background for decades. And while many will concede that the killing of an innocent child is morally questionable, they might disagree when it comes to euthanasia. After all, isn’t it more compassionate to allow someone to […]

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Kiss of the Spider Woman (On the Frontline Series)

August 6, AD 2012 5 Comments
Kiss of the Spider Woman (On the Frontline Series)

My name is Dan, and I am an abortion sidewalk counselor in New Jersey. This is my inaugural column for a series I will call On the Frontline. Yes, by the grace of God, and resulting from a lifetime of nagging by the Hound of Heaven, I have moved onto the prayer line at an […]

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92% and Perfect Babies

July 18, AD 2012 4 Comments
92% and Perfect Babies

I read a fact the other day on the internet: Eight percent of all babies in the womb who test positive for Down syndrome or a genetic anomaly survive and are born. That means 92% of all babies who test positive are aborted. Ninety two percent never get a chance. Reading that fact shook me […]

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