Articles from July, 2014

Divine beauty and the providence of sin


Fr. Thomas Dubay begins The Evidential Power of Beauty with this sentence: "Every human person is drawn to beauty." We are stirred by all manifestations of beauty: a magestic piece of music, breathtaking scenery, a beautiful face, exquisite artwork. There is beauty in the order of creation as well as in the magnificence of nature. There is also personal beauty which is reflected best by the saints. In them we see the beauty of "personal splendor" that is arrived at when a ... (Continue reading)

Saints Joachim and Anne: Grandparents of Jesus


Let us sing praises to Joachim and Anna, The couple honoured by God (as they are His kinsmen) They have borne for us the Maiden Who in a manner beyond understanding Gave birth to Him who though fleshless Became the incarnate to save the world With her they intercede for our souls (Russian Orthodox Troparion) This coming Saturday we celebrate the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, father and mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I have always been intrigued by this couple, not only because ... (Continue reading)

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Short shorts and midriffs: dressing our daughters

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According to WebMD, girls begin a growth spurt around age 9 or 10, with the fastest growth around age 11 or 12. Typically, girls grow about three inches per year during this period. That's what happened to my youngest child this past year. At the beginning of summer, it became obvious that my eleven-year-old daughter needed new clothing. She is at the tail end of a long line of six brothers and a sister who is thirteen years older. She isn't ... (Continue reading)

Are you a Feminist?

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A few months ago I took an online survey called Are you a feminist? I eagerly clicked through the questions because, in all honesty, I did not know the answer. I am a 30-something married woman. I work part time outside my home and the rest of the time within it (I don’t have a side business—I’m a homemaker without kids). I love my husband. I am generally not angry. I am a practicing Catholic (which may de facto exclude me from flying the ... (Continue reading)

Protect Canadian doctors’ conscience rights


At the Westglen Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, Dr. Chantal Barry will not prescribe artificial contraception. You know when she is on duty because of a sign that reads: The physician on duty today will not prescribe the birth control pill. In Ottawa, Dr. Edmond Kyrillos is one of three doctors who will not prescribe birth control. In a letter to patients of CareMedics Medical Clinic where Dr. Kyrillos is on staff, he says: Please be advised that because of reasons of ... (Continue reading)

Giving it all to Jesus through Mary

To Jesus through Mary

Earlier this year I made the Act of Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary. I had known about the total consecration for a few years through friends who had completed it. Someone had even given me the book Preparation for Total Consecration to Jesus Christ Through Mary. But I put the idea out of my mind. I was not interested. Why did I need to consecrate myself? I had a daily prayer life, prayed the Rosary on most evenings with my family, went to ... (Continue reading)

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