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I have worn many labels (Not in any particular order): Catholic, Wife, Mom,Gramma, Doctor, Major, Soccer Mom, Military Wife, Professor, Fellow.

All of these filter my views of the world. I hope that like St. Monica, I can through prayer, words and example, lead my children and others to Faith.
"The important thing is that we do not let a single day go by in vain without putting it to good use for eternity"--Blessed Franz J├Ągerst├Ątter

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Multiply the Gift of Life

My latest article up at the Arlington Catholic Herald:

Technology, properly and morally used, can be a wonderful thing. Today, parents have the opportunity to donate blood from their newborn’s umbilical cord, after the child is born, to a bank where it can provide the gift of life for a patient in need. Donation of cord blood poses no risk to either mother or baby and does not alter the birth experience since the blood can be collected either before or after the placenta is delivered. By agreeing to donate your child’s cord blood, you really are just authorizing medical professionals to properly collect, transport and store this blood that would otherwise be thrown away.
Continue reading here.

Pearls from a Lenten Parish Mission

Last night was the final night of our parish mission that featured Fr. Bill Garrott, O.P. Fr. Garrott certainly lived up to the Dominican charism as the order of preachers. He combined engaging stories and reflections with musical performances without ever being saccharine or trite. The substance of his message was straightforward without being oversimplified. Each night he focused on a different Person of the Holy Trinity. Rather than trying to recap all three nights, I thought I would share a few of the pearls.

First of all, a phrase that was explored in depth on the first night but repeated every night was, "God does not love you because you are good. God loves you because He is good." We cannot demand God's love because we have earned it. We gratefully receive God's love because He is merciful and loves us in spite of our persistent imperfections.

At the foot of the Cross, we can stand with the Blessed Virgin Mary and learn about love, learn about sin, learn about forgiveness, and learn about wisdom. The words on forgiveness were very poignant for me. Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a willful decision. Once we make the decision to forgive, our feelings may or may not change at the same time. We can forgive, and still have feelings of sadness, hurt, and even anger. The conscious will to forgive will pull our feelings along toward healing, but it can take time. Just because the hurt remains, does not mean that I have failed at forgiveness. That was important for me to hear.

Finally, when we experience an intimate, personal relationship with Jesus Christ, we will be driven to share this with others. The Holy Spirit will give us the strength to do things we cannot imagine being able to do on our own. Trust this power. Participate in the New Evangelization and draw others to the Eucharist. Go forth and set the world on fire for Christ.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Welcome message for new Catholic families

I posted this question last year and really didn't get much of a response. My readership has increased significantly since then so perhaps this year I will get a better response. Since there will be many converts entering the Church at Easter, what guidance or advice would you offer them to help them truly live their Catholic faith in their family life? My suggestions are here. What do you suggest?

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

HHS mandate is an assault on authentic womanhood

By declaring that contraception, sterilization, and abortifacients are necessary preventive care, the HHS mandate declares that pregnancy and a woman's fertility are abnormal conditions that need to be corrected. Where will this thinking lead?

It is completely reasonable to expect that once fertility is enshrined in law as an abnormality to be corrected, a similar disdain for women who choose to bear children will become mainstream. Indeed, such thinking has already been accepted in the political arena. In the Washington Post’s “On Faith” section, senior Newsweek editor Lisa Miller criticized the Republican presidential candidates for showing off their families with “smug fecundity”:
Especially worrisome is the inevitable corollary to that belief: Women should put their natural fertility first — before their brains, before their ability to earn a living, before their independence — because that’s what God wants.
 Continue reading here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A Modest Proposal?

If only this really were a work of satire:

Abortion is largely accepted even for reasons that do not have anything to do with the fetus’ health. By showing that (1) both fetuses and newborns do not have the same moral status as actual persons, (2) the fact that both are potential persons is morally irrelevant and (3) adoption is not always in the best interest of actual people, the authors argue that what we call ‘after-birth abortion’ (killing a newborn) should be permissible in all the cases where abortion is, including cases where the newborn is not disabled.
Read my response to this here.