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What’s in a name?

My husband and I chose not to know the sex of our unborn baby before birth and kept our name selections a mystery to friends and family.  So when labor lasted a day and a half, our midwives and nurses in the hospital appeared quite anxious for the child’s identity to be revealed.   We held our baby girl during her first few minutes freshly out of the womb.  During the hustle and bustle of post-delivery, there was so much to take in that we temporarily forgot about names.  A nurse finally asked, “Well, what’s …

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Responding to the Unborn

Being in the third trimester of pregnancy encourages all sorts of people – friends, acquaintances, strangers – to share their advice and good wishes.  It’s wonderful to see how excited people become at the thought of a new baby in the world, but there is one comment shared quite frequently that has given me pause. When I say that we do not know if our baby is a boy or a girl, the typical response is, “As long as you have a healthy baby … that’s all that matters.” This sentiment has been expressed to …

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A Blessing For One Who Can’t Be Seen

A few months ago, my husband and I invited a newly ordained transitional deacon friend over for dinner.  Shortly after walking through the door, our friend eagerly offered to bless anything – crucifixes, rosaries, etc.  He came prepared with his new copy of the “Book of Blessings” and was excited to share his diaconate ordination in a unique way with our family. He also mentioned off-handedly the newly approved blessing of the unborn child. “Is that in the Book of Blessings?” I asked casually. “No, it’s in a separate booklet since it’s so new,” he …

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Standing in a Field with a Million Friends

A month away from my freshman year of college, I stuffed my backpack onto the bottom of a bus and took off with about 50 young people heading north to Toronto. Three years later, I squeezed the same backpack into the overhead compartment on an airplane carrying excited young people to Cologne, Germany. Another six years after that, I was chaperoning a group of high school students as they nervously boarded a plane – some for the first time – on our way to Madrid, Spain. Each of these treks to other countries was ultimately …

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Trapped…Finding a Voice for Marriage

If you ventured into the world of Facebook at the end of March, you likely found yourself in a war zone.    Instead of profile pictures of faces, there was a sea of red equal signs and plus signs.  Nearly every status included an opinion on what marriage is or should be.  Angry comments were left on nearly every status.  Slogans were repeated.  Memes and graphics were used to defend a point.  Early on March 26, I found myself in the middle of the non-virtual war zone.  I was standing in the street in Washington, …

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Today, Our Father Was Born

“Today our father was born,” I remarked to my husband over dinner on March 13.  Odd as it sounds, it’s true.  Earlier that day, our new father was presented to us, and to the world, wearing white with a single-handed wave and a simple greeting – “Fratelli e sorelle, buonasera!” (Brothers and sisters, good evening!)  Our pope is our father.  When the white smoke began puffing out of the Vatican chimney, and bells, beeps and rings were heard around the world, Catholics rejoiced because they once again had a Papa.  Catholics also took a deep …

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Not His Own

As the cardinals gather in Rome to prepare for the conclave, two of our writers reflect on the abdication of now Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. We pray with the Church: “O God, eternal shepherd, who govern your flock with unfailing care, grant in your boundless fatherly love a pastor for your Church who will please you by his holiness and to us show watchful care. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (From the Mass during …

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It’s A Good Time To Walk Outside

I’m thinking 1.2 miles of walking, leisurely … perhaps for two or three hours.  And I’m thinking of taking this walk with half a million friends next Friday afternoon.  Care to join?   This Friday, January 25, is the March for Life in Washington, DC.  That’s just three days after the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in the United States of America.  An entire generation of unborn children has been in jeopardy.  More than 50 million have been killed.  Those who survived live in a culture infused with new “syndromes” — Post Abortion Syndrome, Survivor …

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Saving An Endangered Species

In today’s world, I am nearly a statistical non-entity.  It’s not that I’ve done anything all that extraordinary or impossible.  I haven’t set a world record, achieved the highest SAT score, or discovered a life-changing cure. Rather, when I married this summer, I had not cohabited with my fiancé, had enjoyed a chaste dating and engagement time, and now, in marriage, am not using contraception. The three C’s – chastity, cohabitation, contraception.  The first we assume is a dinosaur of age’s past, and the second two we assume are the proud actions of everyone.  I …

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Ma’am you should be a priest.

A few years ago I was volunteering at a local pro-life event, when a Catholic acquaintance approached me to say hello.  She asked what I was doing these days.  At my reply that I am studying for a master’s in theology, she grumbled, “It’s a shame you’re into that Theology of the Body, or else you could be a priest.”  Shocked, I attempted to collect my composure being answering.   I have had a handful of Protestants ask if my goal was to be a minister upon graduation.  Despite my insistence to the contrary, middle-aged Brenda, …

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