What are you Afraid of?

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What do you love? Typical responses are my spouse, my children, my family. But let’s probe this further by asking another question: What are you afraid of losing? Responses range from: my job, financial security, defaulting on my mortgage and losing my house, my health, my life, friendships, status and honor among peers, followings and fans, reputation, being liked, chocolate, …

Solemnity of St. Joseph

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The lack of toilet paper. Grocery stores’ empty shelves. Restaurants, schools, libraries, and churches on shutdown. People working from home. As COVID-19 extends its infectious tentacles to the four corners of the earth, infecting hundreds of thousands of people, the fear of death, sickness, lack of food, resources, and revenue becomes reality. It’s a bit unsettling. I feel a bit …

How To Be Like St. Joseph During This Pandemic

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As the COVID19 pandemic escalates, and the world shutdown reaches epic proportions, the critical nature of this global infection is nearly beyond imagination. We are told to keep our hands clean, avoid people who may be carrying the virus, avoid gatherings and social settings that could transfer the virus; if you have contracted the virus, self-quarantine. Avoid human to human …

St. Joseph: Sign of Contradiction?

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Have you noticed the advertising initiative created by the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearing House aimed at encouraging fathers to be better dads? Whether it is the billboard campaign “Dad Jokes;” the videos, “Dance like a Dad, where dads “show off their moves”; or the activities page of their website, “Take Time to be a Dad,” which spells out ways to …

When God Is Silent

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How can we understand God, His motives and will, when He is apparently unresponsive to our prayers? What are we to do when after years of seeking Jesus, begging on behalf of our children, and persevering in our intercession for them, their situation worsens? There is an account of a man whose child suffered permanent brain injury and nearly died. …

Your Child’s Six Enemies

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It may sound odd or melodramatic to say that your child has enemies. Yes, even the youngest of children have enemies. Do you know your child’s enemies? Can you identify the major evils that threaten your child’s salvation?   Recently, an ever-growing army of radical, hostile terrorists enlisted children as young as nine years of age into their militia, arming …

A True Shepherd

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Have you ever heard someone say in response to the idea that the evils our children encounter daily—peer pressure, the perversion of sexuality, pervasive media, and the like—“Well, we survived, didn’t we?” The appropriate response to such a comment is, “I don’t want my children merely to survive; I want my children to thrive. I don’t want my children to …

The Measure Of A Man: His Relationship With Woman

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Have you ever seen someone, perhaps a child, attempt to open a flower before it blooms? When someone attempts to pull back the petals on a rose for the purpose of peering inside, they destroy the flower. Flowers are analogous to women. A flower’s petals open and spread when it receives the warmth of the gentle sunlight, without which it …

Are You Convinced Of Her Beauty?

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What is the primal desire of every woman? For what, fundamentally, does she want to be cherished? There exist two places where we can discover the answer to this question: Sacred Scripture and the store. Scripture tells us: “Husbands, love your wives just as Christ also loves the Church, and delivered himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, …

Why Fathers Are Essential to God’s Plan

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We continually hear about the crumbling of western civilization. When we survey the current situation of the Church, the defragmentation of the family, the breakdown of marriage, and the ongoing lack of respect for life, one cannot help but to ask: How did this happen? Recently the Catholic World Report quoted Dr. Patrick Fagan who said that the pivotal turning …