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Children Love A Good Story

 Just the other day, I was sitting down for dinner with my wife and two children.  After prayer, my son, Michael immediately jumped in with, “Daddy, I want you talk about day.”  This is his four-year-old expression for asking me how my day went. It’s just a little ritual that has developed naturally over the last year.  We each take turns going around the table describing all the big events of our day and how they affected us.  The kiddos mostly talk about toys and tv shows.  Mommy and Daddy mostly talk about errands and …

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Running from the Cold

For all us athletic enthusiasts out there, winter can be an especially trying time.  Running outside in comfortable spring weather is a challenge that many of us may take up until we learn to love it; until we even learn to long for it.  When the weather turns and the flowers bloom, we cannot drive past a scenic nature trail without having to fight the urge to pop on our shoes and race away.  When it gets like this, we have to make tough choices.  Do we brave snowy wind in our face and sub-zero …

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Go Enjoy That Grace!

I have a confession to make.  I just went months without going to confession.  Now, I know that a few months in between confessions is not that uncommon, but, well, it’s too uncommon for a sinner like me.  When I awoke that last morning, I was haunted by feelings of unworthiness, feelings of bitterness, and feelings that the weight of the world was closing in on me.  Needless to say, these feelings did not put me in much of a mood to go confession. Oh, and I was chuck full of good excuses on why …

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Subtle Irony

My wife and I were visiting the East Coast last week where we heard a priest talking about the scriptures.  He was discussing Christ’s statement, “I came not to bring peace but the sword,” and he was explaining that we need to read this passage in the context of the early church.  To be a Christian in Ancient Rome bore severe consequences that divided you from both your family and the culture of the day. He then went on to cite several historical examples.  People of the day were required to practice worship only in …

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If Only We Heard This From the Pulpit

In the course of my work in the Family and Respect Life Office, I have occasion to participate in discussion on almost all of the Church’s lightening-rod issues. Abortion, Death Penalty, Traditional Marriage, Contraception, and Religious Freedoms are just a few of the touchiest conversations that come up in the course of my work. And when the occasion leads to a positive affirmation on the beauty of the Church’s message, I so often hear this phrase again: “Oh, if only we could be hearing this message from the pulpit.” This common statement is certainly well-intentioned. …

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Half Christians

What is positively astounding about the power of the scripture is its completeness.  Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit collaborated to inspire the writers and compilers to bring forth a product that is magnificently complex and unequivocally thorough.  The brand new reader of the Bible will find it instructive.  The veteran will always be led to excavate yet another layer of depth.  Even the serious critic is sure be challenged by its breadth and its wholeness. So thorough is the Bible message of Jesus Christ, that we will never need another testament.  As the Catechism …

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What I Hate And Love About Moral Relativism

One thing that the vast majority of sane, moderately intelligent people in this country can agree upon is the fact that the philosophy of relativism has had a dramatic effect upon our modern culture.  To some who embrace it as a great achievement of human progress, the word possesses an almost holy connotation.  I’m not kidding.  I have met such people.  To others, the word is a vulgar machination on par with most four letter expletives.  Then of course, there are those among us who have adopted drastic relativistic perspectives in our lives without even …

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For All True Fathers Out There

Unless you have been camped out under a rock for the last few decades, you are probably aware of the fact that fatherhood is in a state of dangerous decline.  Data the US Census Bureau in 2011 found that one out of every three children is living away from their biological father.  Research indicates that living without a clear father figure leads to an increased likelihood of poverty, depression, child abuse, and future criminal activity.  I remember when it used to be so common to hear celebrities complaining about how demanding their father could be.  …

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Run As to Arrive

Paul tells us in First Corinthians that we must run so as to win the race, but Paul must not have been talking about the Cincinnati Flying Pig Marathon!  I ran my first one this year as part of Run For The Call, an initiative that promotes Vocational Awareness for all God’s people.  I knew I would love being part of the initiative, but I had never suspected how much I would love being part of the marathon itself.  Mile after mile, the streets were lined with cheering crowds, encouraging us towards our goal.  We …

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NFP is for Real Men

I recently attended a lecture that discussed just how healthy the practice of natural family planning is for a couple.  The speakers showed the strong correlation between the use of natural birth regulation methods and divorce-proof marriages.  They discussed the benefits of improved communication, improved understanding of a wife’s psychology as it relates to her body, the deepening sense of respect men develop for their wives, and the value of mutually delayed gratification.  All in all, I thought it was a pretty compelling case. I almost fell out of my chair later that day when …

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