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

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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”). […]

From Excuses to Adoration

The Defenders Of The Eucharist by Ruben

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 […]

Lisa to be Guest on Bishop Pates’ Radio Show

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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 […]

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 […]

Ash Wednesday: Begin Again

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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 […]

Emilio’s Way

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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? […]

7 Quick Takes Friday: Preparing for Lent

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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. […]

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 […]

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

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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 […]