A Super-Stupendous “Celebrating Advent with Children” Giveaway

Welcome Baby Jesus by Sarah Reinhard

It’s our super-stupendous, heretofore unprecedented, soon-to-be legendary “Celebrating Advent with Children” giveaway! . . . → Read More: A Super-Stupendous “Celebrating Advent with Children” Giveaway

Tune In and Listen: Catholic Women Now is On-Air!

Catholic Women Now with Julie Nelson & Lisa Schmidt

Tune in to hear co-hosts Julie Nelson & Lisa Schmidt talk about faith, family, friendships, and the feminine genius. It’s a new show called Catholic Women Now only on Iowa Catholic Radio. . . . → Read More: Tune In and Listen: Catholic Women Now is On-Air!

What Ever Happened to Reason?

Photo by: Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America, used under creative commons license.

Civility in public discourse seems to be dead. When is the last time two candidates had a serious debate, a genuine exchange of ideas rather than accusations and zingers? Candidates seem to no longer champion ideas but rather simply represent ideologies. This is also a major challenge of the New Evangelization. . . . → Read More: What Ever Happened to Reason?

My Prayer for Women During This Year of Faith


When Dr. Tom Neal asked me to write a guest post for the Year of Faith blog, he gave me two instructions: 1) the post must center around women and faith, and 2) it be under 500 words. Seriously? I get one shot on a topic I am most passionate about and am only alloted 500 words?

So I cast wide my net, prayed for the Holy Spirit to inspire me, and read, reread … and reread again Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic letter Porta Fidei (Door of Faith). How surprising that the movie Pleasantville, June Cleaver, and Pope Benedict XVI’s thoughts on vocations were placed upon my heart. How to bring it all together?

Well, . . . → Read More: My Prayer for Women During This Year of Faith

The Smoke of Satan in Steubenville

Steubenville Logo

City Council agrees to remove image of chapel from new logo.

UPDATE: August 3, 2012 – According to Steubenville City Manager Cathy Davison, the mayor, City Council, and administration are reviewing all options regarding the city logo. At this point, no lawsuit has been filed against the City of Steubenville. Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly Alliance Defense Fund) is reportedly considering setting up a national escrow fund to help the city fight this issue. A couple quotes:

“All of the facts lead us to believe we can win this case and set a precedent going forward. And I don’t believe the FFRF will file a lawsuit. The foundation has limited legal . . . → Read More: The Smoke of Satan in Steubenville

Indivisible: Jay Richards on Law, Liberty, and Freedom

Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before it's too Late

See giveaway details to win a free copy of Indivisible!

On the heels of the Fortnight for Freedom, we’re using Independence Day to kick off a new series based upon the New York Times best-seller Indivisible by Dr. Jay Richards and James Robison.

Quite simply, this is the right book at the right time. In Indivisible, Richards and Robison tackle tough moral and political issues facing Christians today, including abortion, stem cell research, marriage, education, economics, health care, the environment, judicial activism, terrorism, free trade and more. Written to appeal to a broad spectrum of believers, Indivisible provides simple, clear arguments that Christians can use to support their beliefs in . . . → Read More: Indivisible: Jay Richards on Law, Liberty, and Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom in Des Moines

Independence Celebration - Des Moines Diocese

On Sunday we beat the nearly 100-degree heat with 2,500 other faithful Catholics in our diocese to make a statement about religious freedom, our first and most cherished liberty. Sponsored by the Diocese of Des Moines, the event was coined the Independence Celebration Walk & Picnic and was planned in conjunction with nationwide Fortnight for Freedom efforts. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom” from June 21 – July 4 as a period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom.

One of the high points of the event was the prayer service. Following a Scripture reading from James 2:14-17 (the relationship between faith and . . . → Read More: Fortnight for Freedom in Des Moines

President Obama: Let Us Be Catholic

“With all the problems in this world, with the economy, with terrorism, with our country being sold to China, with Iran possibly becoming a nuclear power, with all these things, why is [the Obama administration] so obsessed on reproductive services?

When did reproductive services become the national cry of our nation? When did it become more important than the Bill of Rights, more important than the Constitution?

We [the Catholic Church] are the one voice that speaks out clearly to this culture of death that abortion is wrong…and now we will be forced to actually pay for someone to have an abortion…We cannot and . . . → Read More: President Obama: Let Us Be Catholic

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

Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week

January 29 –  February 3 is Catholic Schools Week

Copyright © 2011 NCEA/USCCB

This is one week each year that students, staff, and parents celebrate the gift of a Catholic education. Make no mistake; it is a gift.

I spend my days as a first grade teacher at a Catholic school in Des Moines, Iowa. My first graders are like first graders anywhere. They are learning to read and write; add and subtract. They tattle on each other, talk without raising their hands, laugh at silly stories, and cry when someone hurts their feelings. Their smiles are missing a few teeth, and some still ask for a hug when . . . → Read More: Out of the Mouths of Babes: In Celebration of Catholic Schools Week