Stacy Trasancos

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Even if a Million Deaths is a Statistic, a Single Death is a Tragedy

One of the most jarring statistics in the abortion debate is that between 30 to 80 percent of fertilized eggs never survive to birth. These numbers come from medical studies. Some embryos fail to implant in the womb. Some miscarry after...

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How Psalm 23 Prefigures the Sacraments of Initiation

Probably the most recognizable psalm in popular media and song is Psalm 23 (the Greek numbering is 22). The words inspire a trust in God the protector and caregiver, who leads his sheep through life to the safety and beauty of Paradise. The...

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How Do Adam and Eve Fit With Evolution?

Tell a Catholic kid about evolution—that there was a Big Bang and that in this expanding cosmos our sun is a star in a cluster of 200 billion stars in the arm of a spiral in a galaxy among thousands, and that eventually on our planet there...

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You Are Made of Dust, Which is Forged by God in the Stars

The chemical composition of palm branch ash has been analyzed to show that it contains not only carbon from organic material, but also minerals from the soil and its fertilizers. When the palm branches are burned, they leave a powdery residue....

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Resolve to Pray Better in the New Year

Does your mind wander when you pray? For me, this has been one of the most difficult aspects of developing a prayer life. At first (as a new Catholic ten years ago), I loved memorizing the prayers. It was like having a new app or device to carry...

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Let Prayer Be Your Shield, and Be Not Afraid

For all human history, Satan and his demons have tempted us to turn away from God. Satan was in the Garden of Eden, Christ drove demons out of possessed or oppressed people, and even now as you read this demons battle for our souls. It is a...

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Let Prayer Be Your Shield, and Be Not Afraid

For all human history, Satan and his demons have tempted us to turn away from God. Satan was in the Garden of Eden, Christ drove demons out of possessed or oppressed people, and even now as you read this demons battle for our souls. It is a...

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Why Say “Theistic” Evolution? Is There Any Other Kind?

This is a much needed dialogue restarting. First, I wrote a short essay titled, “Theistic Evolution is Redundant.” John Farrell, a science contributor at Forbes, wrote a piece, “It’s Time To Retire ‘Theistic Evolution,’” citing me and Kenneth...

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The 14-Day Rule for Embryos is an Offense to Humanity

In May of this year, Insoo Hyun, Amy Wilkerson, and Josephine Johnston published a commentary in Nature, an international weekly journal of science, calling for a reconsideration of the “14-day rule” for human embryo research. Hyun is a world...

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What Do You Say When Kids Ask About Dinosaurs?

Suppose you catechize your children properly and teach them all about Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden and original sin. Suppose you sit on the sofa one Sunday evening, read the Bible with them and explain how God created all of the plants and...