One Couple’s Story: The Moral Shipwreck of In Vitro Fertilization


The desire to have a family leaves couple stranded with a moral dilemma 

Editor’s Note: In 1987 the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the direction of Pope Blessed John Paul II and prefect Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (now Pope Benedict XVI), issued a document known as Donum Vitae (“The Gift of Life”). It teaches that if a given medical intervention replaces the marriage act in order to engender life, it is not moral. One such reproductive technology, which the Church has clearly and unequivocally judged to be immoral, is in vitro fertilization (IVF). Read more from the USCCB at Begotten Not Made: A Catholic View of Reproductive Technology.

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From Excuses to Adoration

Finding Time for Eucharistic Adoration

Today’s post is written by The Practicing Catholic contributor Kasey Eoriatti who lives in suburban Des Moines, Iowa with husband Alan their three children. The Eoriattis are active parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines. Kasey teaches first grade at Holy Trinity Catholic School in Des Moines.

I had parent teacher conferences scheduled for three nights that week. Those require so much preparation and time away from my family…If she was looking for excuses, I had plenty; but I also had a mouthful of blazing hot toothpaste coupled with an inner sense that being busy was the perfect reason . . . → Read More: From Excuses to Adoration

Lisa to be Guest on Bishop Pates’ Radio Show

Lisa will be a guest on In The Heartland with Bishop Richard Pates (Diocese of Des Moines, IA) on Friday, February 24. The show is a local program of KWKY Catholic Radio. Lisa joins Fr. Aquinas Nichols and Rosemary Sloss from the Basilica of St. John, Susan Kehoe, and seminarian Matthew Krastel to discuss evangelization through technology. 

How to Listen:

In the Des Moines area, the show airs from 10:00 – 11:00 AM (CST) on 1150 AM or streamed online at The Bishop’s show is also simulcast live on KVSS Spirit Catholic Radio in Omaha/Council Bluffs and most of Nebraska. If you can’t listen live, MP3 files will be available after the show, and we’ll share them . . . → Read More: Lisa to be Guest on Bishop Pates’ Radio Show

Save Us from Sour-Faced Catholics & Silent Priests

Joel and I often say that the “attitude” of this blog embodies what a practicing Catholic ought to be — intentionally, joyfully, and faithfully Catholic all the time. Our blog posts attempt to be the antidote to the perception that piety is boring or that the Church is filled with “sour-faced saints,” as St. Teresa of Avila warns us of becoming.

The recent Health & Human Services’ mandate that orders almost every employer and insurer in the United States to provide sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs, has resulted in so much debate across the country. I have seen quite enough sour-faced Catholics arguing for AND against this issue.

So lately I . . . → Read More: Save Us from Sour-Faced Catholics & Silent Priests

Ash Wednesday: Begin Again

Lent, a season particularly focused on renewal and conversion, begins today. 

Flip through the pages of most current home and garden magazines and you will easily find articles with tips for spring-cleaning. I recently found an article titled, “Spring Clean Your Finances.” The first paragraph read, “Spring is the season of renewal — the time to get out the gardening tools, begin a new exercise program, or tackle the dirt that’s accumulated in the house.”

Let’s focus on that first line: Spring is the season of renewal.

What a great reminder that the season of Lent is also a season of renewal for Christians. As we approach the Easter . . . → Read More: Ash Wednesday: Begin Again

Emilio’s Way

Emilio Estevez cites family, spirituality, and pro-life values as motivators. Read on to learn more and enter to win a copy of The Way now out on DVD/Blu-Ray.

Quick, what’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the name Emilio Estevez? Brat Pack? The Breakfast Club, Young Guns, or The Mighty Ducks? How about Martin Sheen, acting family, or Hollywood royalty?

Think unconventional.

Consider that from his very beginning in the film industry, Emilio wanted to make his own way, keeping his given name rather than adopting the stage name of his famous father, Martin Sheen. Sure, he has often worked with other members of the famed . . . → Read More: Emilio’s Way

40 Days for Life

The 40 Days for Life campaign begins on Ash Wednesday, February 22, in 258 locations in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and Spain. See the list of locations to get involved in the campaign nearest you!

7 Quick Takes Friday: Preparing for Lent

Thanks for stopping by our blog! On most Fridays we share our 7 Quick Takes and link up to the blog Conversion Diary. Sometimes our “takes” have a theme; other times, it’s just a series of very random, rather useless thoughts. This week’s theme was an easy chip shot given Lent begins on Ash Wednesday next week. Wowsa — it really is right around the corner, eh? I’ve shared a few Lenten resources here, and I would love to hear what practices or devotions you are incorporating into your Lenten spiritual journey. Whatever your particular devotion or resource of choice, in the spirit of St. Benedict, may you await holy Easter with . . . → Read More: 7 Quick Takes Friday: Preparing for Lent

A Homily Worthy of Applause

Remember that post I wrote about how annoyed I get when clapping occurs during Mass? Well, I might have abonded ship and started a thundering ovation had I been present at the Mass recorded in the video below.

Check out Father Aquinas M. Nichols’ (pastor of the Basilica of St. John in Des Moines, Iowa) homily titled “Be Courageous” from this past Sunday. 3:00 minutes in, he begins addressing the recent Health & Human Services’ mandate that orders almost every employer and insurer in the United States to provide sterilization and contraceptives, including some abortion-inducing drugs. Father gives this issue the passion it rightly deserves. He doesn’t just read the statement written by Bishop Pates . . . → Read More: A Homily Worthy of Applause

Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.

And we ain’t talkin’ body odor, folks

These Nashville Dominican Sisters have some spunk.

Have you seen their statement about President Obama’s health insurance mandate? Here’s a snippet.

Health Insurance Mandate: Religious Freedom and Conscience Rights in United States Seriously Threatened

The United States, from its very beginnings, has been an example of true human freedom and religious liberty for all. During its history, in fact, our nation has sheltered countless people who came here from countries where their basic freedoms were either in danger or being denied altogether. Sadly, Americans now face a similar threat. At this moment, which is strange and new to us, our own . . . → Read More: Dominican Sisters: Say N-O to B-O. Novena Starts Today.