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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. …

Domestic Technology

A Witch Mocks Christians as Stupid

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 …

Faith

Are Most Christians Clueless About Their True Identity?

Melanie Jean Juneau • June 23, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>A good friend, Martha, from Madonna House, “happened” to sit beside a self-proclaimed witch on an …

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 …

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

Melanie Jean Juneau • May 25, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>To the casual observer, I appear to be a devoted Catholic mother who has lived a sacrificial life …

Catholics and Mental Illness: Coming Out of the Shadows

Melanie Jean Juneau • May 13, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>Since mental illness is as common and invisible among the faithful as it is in secular circles, …

Fear of Deception

The biggest stumbling block to Life in Christ is fear. Many Catholics are leery of any inner, spiritual revelations from their Heavenly Father …

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 …

Catholicism Is, Most Importantly, An Experiential Faith

Melanie Jean Juneau • April 23, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>A Catholic, baptized into the very life of Christ ( CCC 1213), is invited to discover much more …

Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Earth and Heaven

Although I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people, recent encounters with birth, death, …

A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory

Melanie Jean Juneau • March 25, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the …

The Thirst of Jesus

Nada Mazzei • March 24, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>The last words a person says before dying are cherished by those who care for him or her. They are always …

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 …

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

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

Time, Progressivism, Death, and the Liturgical Calendar

Patrick Malone • March 3, AD2017 • 0 Comments<p>Time present and time past<p>Are both perhaps present in time future,<p>And time future contained in time past.<p>…

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 …

DESIRE

This very word – DESIRE – stirs something within our hearts: For some it brings up passion and hope, for others it brings up pain and despair, and …

Gardening

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 …

Spirituality

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

Is Your Doctor Pro-Life? It Matters to the Unborn

By the time I was pregnant with my sixth child, I was desperate to find a supportive family doctor and obstetrician. Four of my five children had …

Pregnancy

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 …

Pregnancy

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Through the Lens of a Friend

The Power of Images To Change LivesMarie Constantin, the photographer and author of <i>Finding Calcutta: Memoirs of a Photographer,</i> understands<i></i> images …

Christianity

Are You Saved ?

Forty years ago, when I was still a Protestant, I looked at Catholics with suspicion. Catholicism seemed like a cult that worshiped Mary and idolized …

Faith

Struggling To Hear God In the Silence? Try Colouring

I recently spoke on the phone with Tara. M. Owens, CSD, MTS, the author of<i> At Play In God’s Creation- an illuminating coloring book</i><b>.</b> This book is not …

Faith

Come, Bless God’s Creatures Great and Small

When God’s creatures are blessed and surrounded by the love of God, they absorb and reflect His love back in seemingly miraculous ways. My husband …

Pets

Bill Donaghy & TOB: Step Away from the Insanity Into Reality

After interviewing Bill Donaghy from The Theology of the Body Institute about their upcoming Congress this September, I was filled with hope and joy …

Christianity

Patron Saint of Missing Socks, Pray For Us

As a mother of a large family, struggling to wash, dry, and fold three or four loads of laundry every day, I secretly wondered if there was an …

John Paul II