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Man-Made Spirituality versus Communion With God

Attendance at Mass, regular confession, spiritual exercises, fasting, and prayer are wonderful vehicles of grace but if we think pious activities …

Pious

Just A Mother: My Call, Vocation, and Witness

Melanie Jean Juneau • December 12, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. Embracing an …

Out of the Ashes of Defeat

Melanie Jean Juneau • November 21, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>There are many people today who do not think being single is simply a default choice or a …

The Theology of Jane Austen-Part I

Of course, there is no such theology. No such thing if the title above means to cite a book or treatise written by Jane Austen herself entitled …

Literature

The Things That Last

<i>This column is the first in a three part series concerning ethics, human happiness, and their connection to “the things that last.”</i><b>Searching for a</b> …

Ethics

Discovering Our Vocation In A Complex, Messy World

It has never been easy to discern a vocation, but it is especially difficult for people in the current milieu because modern society is complex and …

Faith

We’ve Forgotten How Great It Is To Be a Catholic Woman

It<i> is</i> difficult to be a woman today, especially a Christian woman. It’s no wonder Catholics are confused about who they are. The Church boldly …

Feminism

Mystical Union Is Not a Fairytale — It’s Child’s Play

Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book at a Trappist monastery which questioned my basic premise about the nature of reality, rekindled …

Spirituality
Marriage

Let Christ Rip The Rug Up From Under You

When Jesus invites us to die to ourselves, He is not referring to some pious act of self-sacrifice which will make us look or feel holy. No, He has …

Spirituality

Prenatal Memories and Ancient Hebrew Wisdom

A young child, who knows enough words to communicate, can describe their prenatal memories and their birth from their own unique perspective, not as …

Prenatal Development

Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs

Every society, every culture has a tradition of a <i>scapegoat:</i> a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. …

Futile

Artist Jonathan Byrne and The Face of Christ

Jonathan Byrne is a professional mid-career artist who lives in the coastal town of Blackrock in Dublin, Ireland. After many years of making images …

Art

Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?

A good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, “happened” to sit beside a self-proclaimed witch on an old bus heading towards the Shrine of Our Lady of …

Theology

I Cannot Attend Your Wedding, Because of Love

Many Catholics struggle with how to handle situations where family and friends, who are Baptized Catholics but do not practice, choose to celebrate …

Faith

So, HOW Do We Live in the Love of Christ?

To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life worthy of a modern saint. Little do people realize …

explicit

Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles, concern for mental health cannot simply be relegated …

Mental Health

Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

A Catholic, baptized into the very life of Christ ( CCC 1213), is invited to discover much more about God, Holy Scriptures, the saints and the …

Christianity

Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually …

Pious

A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us …

Faith

Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice

Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth. However, the trend in the last …

Parenting

Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

Time present and time pastAre both perhaps present in time future,And time future contained in time past.If all time is eternally presentAll time is …

T.S. Eliot

Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

<i></i>On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. …

Christianity

The Problem of Ingrained Sin

Melanie Jean Juneau • February 10, AD2017<p>When we feel cut off from God, battling a losing war with ingrained sin, the only viable solution to our …

Surprised By Three Miracles

Melanie Jean Juneau • January 19, AD2017<p>Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a …

Theology

Only Spirit Inspired Evangelization Is Effective

Trained to evangelize, with social media at their fingertips, modern Catholics might be surprised to discover that the most effective missionaries …

Mother Teresa

During Christmas, Find Christ’s Joy In Your Deepest Wounds

“In my deepest wound, I saw your glory and it dazzled me.”- Saint Augustine.Most people assume they will automatically feel cheerful during …

Happiness

The Good Witness of Not Receiving Communion

Last year, I found myself in a terrible position. It was a Sunday morning and I was preparing to take my kids to Mass. The problem was that I …

Christianity

Waiting To Give Birth With Mary

One day in December, our new priest led an Advent reflection in the school gym and asked the students, “Who is waiting for the birth of a new brother …

Babies