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My WaPo response to Francis’ comments about needing a deeper theology of women in the church

Last Sunday, on his flight home from World Youth Day in Rio, reporters asked several questions of the Holy Father on a variety of subjects. Of note for women is that Francis, while stipulating that the path to priestly ordination for women is closed, he suggested that a deeper “theology of women in the church”…

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“Would that Wood Could Talk”, another in the series “Tales from the Empty Nest” at CatholicMom.com

Today I’m over at Catholic Mom, with another installment in what I loosely call, “Tales from the Empty Nest” … a little ruminating about my passing on furniture to my daughter who is getting married very soon. I’m busy repainting two pieces of furniture that have already served three generations of my family — a…

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Thoughts on the Visitation: Who Brings Jesus to You?

The following is my column scheduled today at Patheos, so all the links bring you back there. I’m sharing it in entirety here because of its Marian subject matter for the last day of May. Totus Tuus! During my stay-at-home years with our young family, my husband’s job kept him out of the house and…

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Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious Radio…?

Or, maybe it’s me talking about themes from my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious, on Catholic Radio. Gosh, I love Catholic Radio… wherever it is, whomever it reaches. When I was working in radio back in the early 80s, Catholic Radio was a rare animal. It was more like an hour here or there where…

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Prom Mom’s Prayers — from my archives

Okay, just so you know, I’m praying for you, young man. Yes, you, the one escorting my daughter to the prom. You can expect no less from me, her cradle-Catholic mom, who prays about everything, but prays with increased fervor when it comes to family matters. I know she will look radiant in the gown…

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Wanted: Spiritual Fathers and Mothers – my latest column @PatheosCatholic

Do you have spiritual heroes? I do. They are people who remain dear to my heart. They are men and women who have showed me the way to change my life for the better, and many of them, through their friendly mentoring helped to grow me up in the faith. I could list many names…

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Today’s readings and Pope Francis… “so that you may be amazed.” (John 5: 20)

I had a post today in my hometown diocesan newspaper, now an online journal, The Long Island Catholic. Look for it here, listed for March 13. Here’s a snippet: Waiting on the Lord’s timing and his mercy are so great a part of the Christian life. And Lent is not so much about tending to our will,…

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Here’s my tribute to what I will miss about Pope Benedict XVI, and what I’ve learned from him

From my column at Patheos this week on the intersection of Benedict, the Catechism, and the hope of heaven… I have a first edition English translation of the Catechism of the Catholic Church in hardcover. Ever since my great awakening to my Catholic faith in my teen years, I’ve been reading about our faith, and…

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Props for the re-tooled Catholic Digest magazine

One of my favorite writing assignments during this Year of Faith, besides my columns online, has been the opportunity to write a 12-month series on the Catechism of the Catholic Church for Catholic Digest magazine. These are short 500-word digestible pieces designed to introduce readers to the benefits of becoming more familiar with Catechism, as…

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