Dear Spouses

We found this thought-provoking article that makes a great meditation for this new school year for all of us whom God has blessed with the Sacrament of Matrimony! Read and see if it doesn’t nudge you a little to examine how we all tend to absorb at least some of the mindset of the world around us, even as we strive to be “a sign of contradiction” to it, then pray for this deacon and all the clergy (and your spouse, if you have one or are waiting for one!): Dear Spouses: What if Natural Family Planning Didn’t Exist? We know how tough it is with a larger-than-what-is-now-normal family (and we also realize that just a generation ago, our family would probably be a bit smaller than normal): Education is expensive, whether you school at home or send to a private or even public

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Wow: Science is now shedding light on the Assumption!

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven on August 15th has given me an opportunity to reflect on the wonderful intellectual integrity of the Catholic faith. For me, it is one of the most interesting aspects of being Catholic: I receive great consolation knowing that there is nothing that the Catholic faith has not explained or can explain if I look for the answers. I have often marveled at the wisdom of the teachings of the Church on all issues, but in recent history its ability to anticipate the findings of SCIENCE on every moral issue has been astonishing, even to devout Catholics like myself. I expect the Church’s teachings to be true, but I am awed when I see reflections of these truths in often very surprising places. For example, in my lifetime the moral playing field

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A dozen easy tips to stand up for our Faith (even when you're surrounded!)

My father became a convert to the Catholic Faith and my mother rediscovered Catholicism (she calls herself a “revert”!) when I was about 5 years old.Given the enthusiasm which accompanied their discoveries of the Faith, discussions about “why Catholicism makes sense” were common as I grew up, stoking my own personal passion for Church History and Apologetics. I was able to pursue these interests because our home is packed with great resources explaining the Faith for high school and college kids–some of them are here.Thus, I was (relatively) well-prepared for the opportunities to defend the Catholic Faith when I attended graduate school at a secular state university and then at a predominantly Evangelical university. Most of the time, I have found myself the only Catholic

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A child's summertime: 3 ways internet dangers increase (and how to combat them)

Margaret just got a new smart phone to get ready for college. Her new laptop will arrive this summer, and we’ve been outfitting the new offices with some upgraded computers, new network, etc.–which reminds us of the need to monitor internet access and filter out the harmful stuff that lurks there. We’ve already had combat internet dangers ourselves. We had to clean up a browser hijacker on Clara’s computer just a few weeks after she arrived home–and we are glad that the software we have to filter that access worked yet again to prevent her from innocently clicking through to a site she did NOT want to visit. We’ve also had issues with upgrades to Windows 10 that caused some internet issues–again, our filtering software worked perfectly and we got everything

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Summer (saintly) surprises--in the house, yard, office & on the road

A few quick notes about how our summer is starting off–with lots of fun surprises already! In no particular order:FIRST Surprise (outside the house): we cut back some bushes on the side of the house and discovered this pretty mama bird sitting on two eggs in her nest. Lillian and Caroline check up on her every morning to see if her eggs have hatched. She doesn’t seem to mind that Margaret and Trey play basketball right in front of her for hours. SECOND Surprise (inside the house): Margaret got “Larry” the Robo-dwarf hamster for her birthday a year ago. The kids came upon him the other day lounging with his back against his little house having a drink of water. Wacky.THIRD: As you know, we’ve moved our offices for Holy Heroes (got more space, more actual offices,

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