Announcing our St. Valentine’s Day 2013 “Why I Love My Wife” link-up event. Join me in rejecting a culture of locker-room talk that objectifies and degrades the women we love. Instead, let’s proclaim the Divine Gifts that they are to us. Strengthen your marriage by building up your wife. The gushing begins in just three days. . . . → Read More: “Why I Love My Wife” St. Valentine’s Day Link-Up Event
“We’re commanded to speak the truth in love.“
Congratulations to last week’s giveaway winner Marsha Johnson!
Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, August 8, we will randomly select this week’s winner. Giveaway sponsored by The Maximus Group. You also can buy Indivisible from Ignatius Press (with Voting Guidelines for Catholics bonus CD).
This is the fifth installment from our interview with Dr. Jay Richards; click the links below to read the previous ones:
Law, Liberty, and Freedom (July 4) Morality and Economics (July 11) Natural Law and Reason (July 18) Right to Life and Social Justice (July 25)
When we . . . → Read More: Indivisible: Jay Richards on Personal Holiness and Public Witness
Distinctions between social and economic issues are artificial.
Congratulations to last week’s giveaway winners Jessica Kiesling and Rita Rawson! See details below to enter this week’s Indvisible giveaway. You also can buy Indivisible from Ignatius Press (with Voting Guidelines for Catholics bonus CD).
This is the second installment from our interview with Dr. Jay Richards; read Part One here. In the wake of the recent Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), it seems appropriate to publish an excerpt in which he discussed the moral connection between social and economic issues.
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The . . . → Read More: Indivisible: Jay Richards on Morality and Economics
Seeing & recognizing the true presence of God in our lives
Remember the song: “Do you hear what I hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb. Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb?”
As I get ready for Christmas, what do I see?
Do I see myself setting out boxes of decorations, or recognizing the beauty of a single shining star?
Do I see myself bustling around shopping for the perfect gift, or recognizing the joy in a small child’s delight of a glittery bow?
Do I see myself hurrying to get a list of food prepared, or recognizing the love and . . . → Read More: Do You See What I See?
October 2, 2011: Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time Your life is not your own; being a good tenant means giving up ownership to God.
Respect Life Sunday, October 2, 2011
Home ownership the cornerstone of the American Dream, isn’t it? Yup, that’s the goal. Ownership means self-sufficiency and independence, two of the qualities we Americans value most. Ownership means we don’t have to rely on anyone else; we can provide for all our own needs, take care of ourselves just fine, thank you. Ownership gives us the one thing that prize most: freedom. Or does it?
Wild Grapes are Sour. As the people of God, we have a rather checkered history. No matter . . . → Read More: The Illusion of Ownership and the Slavery of Sin
September 11, 2011: Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Have you ever held a grudge? C’mon, who among us hasn’t? When we have been wronged, our first instinct is usually to get angry. Our second instinct then is to hold onto our anger, because we somehow feel justified in doing so. Forgiveness comes later, much later if we’ve been deeply hurt. Sometimes, forgiveness never comes. In contrast, “The Lord is kind and merciful, slow to anger, and rich in compassion” (Ps 103). So, what is the price of holding onto anger, of failing to forgive? That is the subject of this week’s readings.
Who are we really hurting?
I’m better than . . . → Read More: Holding Back and Hurting Ourselves
August 28, 2011: Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time The juxtaposition of this week’s readings against last week’s readings is hard to ignore. Last week, Peter was “all in” when Jesus commanded him to build a Church, essentially to marshal a spiritual army of disciples and storm the gates of the sinful world with the power of God’s grace. This week, later in the same scene, Jesus articulates the cost of discipleship and Peter balks. What does his example say about us?
All of Me. All week long, we have read how Paul and his companions encouraged the Thessalonians to persevere in the faith and put it into practice in every . . . → Read More: Spiritual Sticker Shock
In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, please once again welcome contributing author Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Renee and husband Kerry are fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in West Des Moines, IA, where they also teach NFP classes. Part 1 of their story appeared yesterday.
Pick-up from Part 1. . . So much of my research following our miscarriage pointed to the residual hormones in my body not letting our baby thrive. There was incredible guilt over that possibility. I knew that the Church had told us not to use artificial birth control – we didn’t understand why and thought it was just a . . . → Read More: God’s Plan for Parenthood (Part 2)