So why do I love my husband today? For knowing when I need to be knocked down a bit and helping me recognize it, too. Joel knows I live in extremes. When the blog’s stats aren’t as high as I would like them to be, when my writing doesn’t seem to be clicking, when we aren’t receiving much feedback, or when __________, fill in the blank, Joel helps me not reach beyond myself. Indeed, our blog is good; it is not great. But I shall keep running this race with perseverance and work to harness any inordinate desires for my own excellence. . . . → Read More: Why I Love My Husband (Vol. 3) — For Knocking Me Down
How often have you heard some guy refer to his wife as “The Old Ball-and-Chain” or some other derogatory term? Nice witness to the sanctity of marriage, right? We can do better — much better! Living in a culture that readily objectifies women and seeks to redefine marriage, it’s up to us men to turn the tide. A good way to start is by properly honoring our wives, even when they’re not in our presence. To honor my beautiful wife Lisa on St. Valentine’s Day, I present five reasons why I love my wife. . . . → Read More: Why I Love My Wife
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
It’s been said the crucifix is the Church’s most powerful visual aid. As the little girl in the cartoon underscores, looking at the crucifix can be tough at times. Baby Jesus in the manger is a whole lot easier on the eyes, but Christ on the cross is just as much a part of the reality of our salvation. The nativity doesn’t mean anything without the crucifix. The manger and the cross are inextricably linked – life and death, joy and suffering, working together for our salvation. . . . → Read More: Why Put a Crucifix in Every Room of Your Home?
Inspired by a recent blog post by Lisa Hendey about her “Panera dates” with her son, Lisa Schmidt takes a walk down memory lane. The Schmidt’s last “Panera date” led to labor and delivery of their firstborn. What “on the day you were born” stories do you share with your children? . . . → Read More: On the Day You Were Born
Editor’s Note: In honor of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week, welcome back Renee McGuire to The Practicing Catholic. Read Part 1 of Renee’s testimony 6 Things I’ve Learned Since Dumping the Pill.
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Once we removed the pill from our marriage, my husband and I experienced healing we didn’t know we needed. This truly was a turning point in our marriage. But after the birth of our first son, we had to trust in God another way … postponing pregnancy. Here comes the responsible parenthood part.
What’s responsible parenthood? It’s the virtuous decision made by a married couple to either conceive a child or postpone conception. Catholics are NOT expected to have . . . → Read More: 5 Steps to Embracing Natural Family Planning
Christians need to facilitate dialogue without arguing politics and religion.
Congratulations to last week’s giveaway winner Sally Pap!
Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, July 25, 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 third 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)
Political events of the past few years, particularly regarding the HHS contraception mandate and religious . . . → Read More: Indivisible: Jay Richards on Natural Law and Reason
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
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
Unite with Christians throughout the world in praying for the pope’s monthly prayer intentions.
Since the nineteenth century, popes have asked the Apostleship of Prayer to pray for specific intentions. Two prayer intentions are requested each month from the Holy Father, a general intention and a mission intention. Let us join the Apostleship of Prayer’s dedication to pray for these intentions each day. Pope Benedict XVI’s May 2012 prayer intentions are:
General Intention – The Family: That initiatives which defend and uphold the role of the family may be promoted within society.
How can you and I encourage society to support and strengthen the family?
Addressing ambassadors to the Vatican . . . → Read More: Pope Benedict XVI’s May Prayer Intentions