Articles from January, 2013

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Catholicism in the trenches

Fear not those who argue, but those who dodge. - Dale Carnegie Consider this for a moment. What if (and I know this sounds crazy) but just what if our society allowed honest-to-goodness debate? What if, when someone asked you a polarizing question like “Do you support same sex unions?” or “What do you think of women clergy?” they were genuinely interested in your point of view, and preferred you to have a different moral code so as to enjoy the ... (Continue reading)

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Disconnected Harmony

When the biggest of my little brothers read The Hunger Games his main complaint with the story was that it was not realistic. Obviously, The Hunger Games is a fictitious trilogy. My brother’s problem was not with the idea of a game show wherein all the contestants are trying to murder each other, nor with the unbelievable advancements in medicine or cosmetics, nor even with the invisibility-enabled hovercrafts. His argument against the story was that the world would never and ... (Continue reading)

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On kneeling and communion rails

Lately, there has been much debate about kneeling at Mass in general and kneeling at a communion rail in particular. The nays say that it isn't necessary to get down on our knees to show reverence; the yeas contend that kneeling is an act of worship. This past summer, my husband and I and four of our children spent ten wonderful days in Ottawa, Canada. Our hotel was in the heart of the busy downtown core and a three-minute walk to ... (Continue reading)

Lancing the Wound of Sin

“Always remember that God sees everything.” - Padre Pio My husband used to be a biker—not the Harley kind, but the bicycle kind. He used to be in a cycling group in high school, going out in a pack or "peloton," racing along the highways of southern Ontario. He knows how difficult cycling can be and has the scars to prove it. So it was with mild interest ... (Continue reading)

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Defeating euthanasia, one person at a time

The news story about the Belgian twin brothers who were euthanized on 14 December 2012, was the first story I read when I got home from work. The brothers, while in relatively good health at present, were given a prognosis of blindness and the thought of not being able to see each other put them in a state of despair. In the peace and quiet of an empty house, I became sadder and sadder as I continued to read.... (Continue reading)

The long distance relationship

In August of 2011, I was having a long, deep, interesting conversation—the type women often do–about my deal breakers for a dating relationship. No Long Distance (I can’t handle that). No one who is not a native English speaker (I can’t DEAL with people butchering my language). No Latin types (They are TOTALLY untrustworthy. Let's face it, he would probably have about twenty dozen mistresses stored in a closet somewhere. Obviously. Because that’s the way they are. Obviously). I’m not kidding. ... (Continue reading)

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Of Siberian Exiles and Feistiness

Life is a funny thing, isn't it? We walk around assuming that everyone’s had the same, or similar, experiences as ourselves—growing up in a peaceful home surrounded by love and middle-class money, getting everything you need with more than a little of what you want thrown in. That was my experience, but it wasn't my mother’s or my grandmother’s. So I don’t know why I assume it’s true for everyone, because it’s not. Take, for instance, the widow of 80+ living a small, quiet life ... (Continue reading)

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Helpless, but not hopeless

Yesterday I was sitting in a fairly uncomfortable chair in the dentist’s office with my mouth full of dental equipment and a couple pairs of hands. As I sat there, without even the ability to say “ouch,” I was struck by a feeling of helplessness. In addition to being unable to speak, I couldn’t see what was happening. I could hear, but since the language being spoken was dentalese, the only thing I knew was that the procedure had something ... (Continue reading)

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A Mother’s Prayer

I stood by helplessly and watched as a text message received by one of my older children instantly transformed a situation of promise into a state of uncertainty. My child was visibly disappointed and frustrated. All I could do was give a reassuring hug and offer some words of consolation. Throughout my work day, I prayed for my child, my heart heavy at seeing my child's sadness. Before they are born, we pray for our children. Our prayers are full of ... (Continue reading)

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Visits to the Blessed Sacrament

After her death, St. Teresa of Avila appeared to one of her nuns bearing an important message: "There should be no difference as far as purity and love are concerned, between the blessed in Heaven and the faithful on Earth, though we are perfectly happy and you are suffering. What the Divine Essence is to us in Heaven, the Blessed Sacrament should be to you on Earth." For the past few weeks, I have been following the prayers in the book Visits ... (Continue reading)

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