Author Archives: Michelle Arnold

The Line at the Gates

I opened my eyes to a line. A line that snaked back and forth, seemingly endlessly. Longer than the ones for Space Mountain or LAX, certainly. But it was moving well, so I relaxed and decided to make friends with … Continue reading

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NFP and the Single Girl

Did you know that this week, July 20–26, is National NFP Awareness Week? Neither did I, until a few days ago when the World Wide Web told me so. Fine, you say, so what could a single, Catholic, 40-something woman … Continue reading

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Ritz Crackers and a Battery-Operated Candle

I was flipping through the most recent edition (July 18–31) of the National Catholic Reporter today, and paused when I came to the Letters to the Editor. While NCR is a very good source of reporting on Catholic affairs, its … Continue reading

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I Must Decrease

Introduction: It hasn’t been long since I originally published this essay at the Catholic Answers Blog, and yet there is so much I still wish I could say on the subject of celebrity priests. What has been gnawing at me … Continue reading

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The Priest and the Prostitute

The day before the Independence Day holiday weekend, the Catholic Answers staff headed up to Prince of Peace Abbey in Oceanside, California, for a retreat. It was led by a Norbertine priest from St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado, California. The … Continue reading

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My Dear Grubmuck

Introduction: A few days ago, Brian C. Stiller, Global Ambassador of the World Evangelical Alliance, reported on his lunch with Pope Francis. Among other items of interest, he quoted the Pope as saying, “I’m not interested in converting Evangelicals to … Continue reading

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How to Answer Stupid Questions

It’s become something of a genre for advice columnists: What not to say to . . . a pregnant woman, a grieving parent, someone who has cancer. Those are the times when unconsidered words can cause either distress or deep … Continue reading

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Binding Up Burdens

If you have just returned from a vacation to Mars, you may not have heard that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) recently ruled that the Christian craft store Hobby Lobby qualifies for an exemption from the contraception coverage … Continue reading

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Will Blog For Clicks

I read an article the other day on why you should not trust Facebook to provide you with all the details of the real lives of your friends and family. Among other surprise revelations, the article noted: Everyone on Facebook … Continue reading

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Tiny Bubbles

Introduction: A few months after this essay was published, a writer for Catholic Lane opined on why she was giving up Facebook for Lent. The fourth of her five reasons was “groupthink”: “We Catholics have fostered an electronic environment that … Continue reading

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