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Is the Church an Image of Compassion and Mercy?

Recently I had the opportunity to meet a courageous and good woman and mom.  A single parent of 4 children, she desires to raise her children to be adults with good morals, with an education to be productive citizens and independent, and she asks the Church to help her.  I shared with her the statics that show “faith is good for kids.”  Studies show that families, who pray together in the home, attend Church services together and have relationships with other members of their Church community usually become adults with faith.  These adults with faith …

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When Language Betrays

Trite expressions betray our true position, we just rarely pay attention to what these banal formulations are actually saying about us.   I’m as guilty as anyone else in this regard.    Lately, I’ve been trying to take note of my own ways of speaking within our common culture, in light of subtle – yet immanently present – secular ideologies.   Take, for example, what is perhaps the most common excuse for “dating around” (i.e. jumping head first into a number of quasi-serious relationships with intensive physical and emotional attachment): “I am trying to find …

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All Types of Religious: One Heart and One Spirit

Since I have been a religious some twelve-plus years, I have come to realize that non-religious sometimes have their hot button issues around religious-who they think religious are, what they think religious should do, how they think religious are supposed to be. On the one hand, I am glad people are passionate and love religious life enough to weigh in-even if they are perturbed with some of the members about one thing or another. On the other hand, I am not sure how I feel about their assumptions as concerned with the meaning of things …

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Is Chastity Possible?

Hey, the vampires can do it, right?  (no seriously…don’t get me started on Twilight…that’s a whole ‘nuther can of worms, as they say) Any real-life, off the books discussion on chastity I’ve ever been a part of almost always finds its way to the nitty-gritty red tape zone.  The zone that deals with “lines that you shall not cross” and all the other red tape issues that go alone with it.  How far is too far?  What about this line?  Do you have to go to confession for this?  What if you’re engaged?  What if …

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