Guest Bloggers

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How Can We Guard the Purity of Our Children?

In the 1980's, an insecure, troubled and depressed 11-year-old girl sat by a fire at a Christian summer Bible camp as a group of other girls her age went forward to accept a “promise ring.” As they solemnly hummed praise songs about purity and...

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The Hidden Meaning of the Gifts in “12 Days of Christmas”

One of my favorite Christmas carols growing up was The Twelve Days of Christmas, but as I grew into an adult, the song made less and less sense. I noticed several problems. Why twelve days? Growing up Protestant, wasn’t it generally accepted that...

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Hallow Meditation App is All Catholic

Move over, Headspace. There’s a new meditation app in town – and this one is 100% Catholic. Debuting under the appropriate name of Hallow, this new app features 200 sessions of prayer in various categories of Christian prayer such as vocal...

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The Bethlehem Nativity, Babe Ruth, and History

The following thoughts of mine were in reply to the atheist John Loftus: very active online as the webmaster of the notoriously dishonest and intellectually dubious site, Debunking Christianity: According to biblical critics, the texts regarding...

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A Fun Family Tradition to Keep Christmas Alive for Your Children

Most of my family’s Advent/Christmas traditions are complete. My wife and I love the wintery foods, Christmas markets, and making Vin Brule (or, Gluwein in other parts of Europe). We have special family traditions for St. Nicholas’s feast day, as...

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5 Ways to Begin the New Year with a New Spirit

Every year, we pick a theme which we hope will be a reminder throughout the year in our prayer lives. Some have proven themselves memorable, like “March on, God will provide.” Honestly, it happened. We’d outgrown our house, we would discover we’d...

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The Blessed Virgin Mary—A Heavenly Mother to All

Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus.” ―Luke 1:30–31   Mary is a remarkably popular saint in the Catholic...

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32 Spiritual Goals for 2019

I love a good holiday gift guide, but — a goal guide? Now we’re really speaking my love language. Here are some of my favorite resources to help you accomplish your spiritual goals in 2019 (and I’ve thrown in some resources for your kids,...

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6 Diocesan Bishops Talk About Catholics They Admire

I asked six diocesan bishops in the United States to name a person they’ve known or a saint they particularly admire. Here are the answers they gave.   Fort Wayne-South Bend, Indiana: Bishop Kevin Rhoades Pope St. John Paul II was my...

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Looking For A New Year’s Resolution? Give Up Politics

A friend of mine owns a plasma TV with the emblem of “FoxNews” burnt into the corner of the screen. In other words, he has spent so much time watching that channel that the television still displays “FoxNews” even when it isn’t on. This got me...