Category Archives: Apologetics

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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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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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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Catholic By Choice

In the modern Jewish tradition, converts to Judaism are often called Jews by Choice, which indicates that they were not born to Jewish families but chose to become Jews. A few years ago, I listened to a roundtable discussion on … Continue reading

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The Carmelites and Their Scapular

Soon after becoming a Catholic, I started collecting “Catholicana” to hang about my neck. Eventually I was wearing a brown scapular, a crucifix, and a “dog tag” chain with twenty or more holy medals. No joke, people could always tell … Continue reading

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