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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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Christ at the Center: Home Edition

June 23, 2013: Twelfth Sunday of Ordinary Time Gospel: Luke 9:18-24 Once when Jesus was praying in solitude, and the disciples were with him, he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’” Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.” He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone. He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly …

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Fowl Advice for Receiving Holy Communion

Recently I had the pleasure of participating in a Byzantine Rite liturgy for the first time. One of the most unusual experiences in this Liturgy is how we received Holy Communion. In the Byzantine Rite, the Consecrated Bread is placed in the Chalice with the Consecrated Wine and is administered directly into the mouth by a small spoon.  I am accustomed to receiving Holy Communion in the hand and in drinking the Consecrated Wine from the Chalice. I am sure this is how many of us receive Holy Communion. Gold communion spoon, Ukraine, late 17th …

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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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The Role of a Father

My 4-year old daughter is in love with Belle, the Disney princess from Beauty and the Beast.  Ever since she watched the movie, she has wanted to imitate her. She dressed up like her for Halloween (and I donned a Beast costume as well), and we had a lovely dance to end our evening of Halloween festivities last month. She also likes to play the part of Belle.  Recently, we were outside playing with my other 9-month old daughter when my four-year old said she wanted to play “Beauty and the Beast.”  “I am Belle”, …

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Lenten Abstinence

Ever since my wife Eileen and I were first married we made Friday night our date night. We nearly always went to a decent restaurant to enjoy good food and wonderful company. When our children came along, they became part of that experience and learned how to be part of the dining and sharing. An important part of that date for me was often having a good, medium-rare steak. This made the Lenten Friday abstinence difficult for me. About mid-Lent I was asking myself, “Why do I continue to follow this challenging regimen?” Here are …

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