Friday, December 19, 2014

"Snaketivity" Display Inspires Christian Response

Evil has reared its ugly head in Lansing, MI where Satanists will display their “Snaketivity” scene on the state capitol lawn on December 21-23.  Even the devil, it seems, has a right to free speech.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Fr. Donald Calloway on the Power of Mary

Twelve years ago, a brief article in the Marian Helper magazine caught my attention.  “My mother never gave up on me,” I read. “Even though I dropped out of high school, she never gave up on me, and now I’m becoming a priest.”
That simple little story spoke volumes.  I was on the lookout for inspirational accounts to include in the Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart book that I was co-authoring.  There had to be some drama if he dropped out of high school and later became a priest, I reasoned.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

The Smallest Stone

In my article, Skip Those Red Buckets, I warned of the Salvation Army’s promotion of abortion for babies expected to have a short lifespan outside the womb. The story below is about the very short life of Aaron Schreiner.  It was originally published in Amazing Grace for the Catholic Heart.  Aaron lived for only an hour, but he dramatically changed many lives in that one hour. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Skip Those Red Buckets

The ring-a-ling of silver bells that herald the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign have relieved many Christmas shoppers  of excess change and perhaps some excess guilt from over-consumption. Unfortunately, pro-lifers should not contribute.

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Miraculous Roses of Our Lady of Guadalupe

     On December 12, 1531, Our Blessed Mother appeared clothed in the sun with the moon at her feet and transformed the Aztec/Mayan people who were practicing human sacrifice. Within 9 years of her appearance, 9 million were baptized into the Catholic Church.  Our Lady of Guadalupe is the reason that Mexico became a Catholic country.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Haunted by Souls in Purgatory

        During the 1980’s a story of a haunted house in Pennsylvania received a lot of media attention. Many terrifying events happened with eyewitnesses outside the family testifying to them. To this day, it is controversial whether the house was possessed or not.  The family consulted demonologists and priests for guidance.   It was reported that a couple of exorcisms were performed on the house, but still, there was continued mysterious activity.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Infertility Healed Through Faith By Cassie McCullers

This beautiful story of the healing of infertility for Bill and Cassie McCullers is from the book Amazing Grace for Families, as told by Cassie.
     All my life, I dreamed of being a wife and mother, and everything I did pointed in that direction — from asking Santa for a baby doll when I was ten to deciding against medical school in my junior year of college. 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

For Babies, not Supermarket Chickens

I thought I had heard of everything, but until now, (thanks to the The Blaze) I never heard of a chicken funeral. I understand paying respects to a pet goldfish that has passed before flushing it down, but eulogizing a grocery store chicken?
So with that in mind, let’s pause a moment and pray. Dear Lord, please give save-the-world activists the grace to achieve rationality.  Help them to realize that they have the makings of a great comedy skit. And if they lack a sense of humor, at least have them take their show to an abortion clinic where the real tragedy of life might perhaps slap them in the face.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

20 Cool Things About Nuns in Habits

1. Guys don’t mistake them for available singles and accidentally hit on them.

2.  In a group, you can barely tell them apart.

3.  No bad hair days.

4.  No wardrobe malfunctions.

5.  It brings intrigue such as: Where do they put their money and driver’s license?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Jesus Through the Eyes of Mary of Nazareth

Oh to be a mother—so many reasons to both worry and rejoice from pregnancy onward.  But to be the mother of the Savior…who can imagine it?  Every mother contemplating the Christmas story surely  considers what it would have been like to have an angel announce our pregnancy or to ride on a donkey with no place to rest during labor except a manger. 
But as we pick up dirty laundry and try to corral our children into order, the thought crosses our minds that raising the Son of God surely must have been a bit less hectic day by day.  An acquaintance at my parish once jokingly said to me when my kids were little and scrambling about:  “Oh that Mary and her one son, huh?”

Friday, November 14, 2014

Kim Kardashian & Mama June: The Vultures are Here

      I did something this week that I am not proud of.  I watched an entertainment news show.  I was watching TV while making bread and that is what came on after the local news.
     This article is my way to make atonement for spending thirty-minutes mired in hedonism.