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Book Review: Voyage to Alpha Centauri

Jun 25 Book Review: Voyage to Alpha Centauri

Believe it or not, before reading Voyage to Alpha Centauri, I had never actually read another thing by Michael D. O’Brien.  I know, I know. Where had I been hiding to not have been exposed to the veritable rock star of modern Catholic fiction over the past [almost] 20 years?  I mean, when I first heard of him, sometime within the past year, I had a similar feeling to when my brother...

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Why Make An Inherently Positive Faith So Negative?

Jun 24 Why Make An Inherently Positive Faith So Negative?

This weekend we had some great friends visit us from Rhode Island. On Sunday, as they were about to leave to make their journey home, Nick was looking at our books. He picked up one: Popes Against Modern Errors, Hard Hitting Condemnations of Many of Today’s Most Noxious Errors. It’s a book of 16 papal documents and has a really angry looking pope on the cover. The Holy Father...

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8 Ways to Build Unity in Marriage

Jun 19 8 Ways to Build Unity in Marriage

Summer happens to be anniversary season in our family. We just celebrated my parents’ 34th wedding anniversary last Friday and my husband’s and mine on Saturday, plus other anniversaries take place later this summer. I asked my parents about their thoughts on what helps one have a lasting marriage, and from the fruits of that discussion, I have been thinking a lot about the elements that make...

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Job Search: Diocesan Director of Campus, Youth and Young Adult Ministries

The Diocese of Shreveport, LA has opened a search for a new Diocesan Director of Campus, Youth and Young Adult Ministries. See the job description here. Submit resumes to: Randy Tiller Catholic Center 3500 Fairfield Ave Shreveport, LA 71104 The Diocese of Shreveport Website Contact me (Andrew Sciba) at andrew.sciba@truthandcharity.net if you have any questions. ...

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Catholicism 101: Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

Jun 17 Catholicism 101: Why Do Catholics Pray the Rosary?

You’ve seen them before, the mysterious strand of beads that Catholics have hanging from their rearview mirror. You wonder what kind of prayer could possibly require a necklace to pray? First of all, the rosary was never and is still not meant to serve as jewelry. If you’ve ever worn it as a necklace, you should probably immediately fall to your knees and pray ten Hail Marys. Kidding...

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Shreveport Times Ignores Homegrown Vocations

Jun 13 Shreveport Times Ignores Homegrown Vocations

There’s a new article on vocations circulating in the Catholic blogosphere. I saw it first at Deacon Greg Kandra’s blog, then Elizabeth Scalia posted it on Facebook. It’s a great story. Any increase in vocations is good news that needs to be shared, especially after years decades of hearing about the priest shortage.  For many dioceses, booming vocations is a new experience...

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What You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

Jun 10 What You Can Do to Prevent Sexual Assault

Last week, my husband’s unit underwent one of its periodic trainings resulting from the rise in sexual assaults and sexual harassment in the military.  This is an issue he shows deep concern for; last year, he volunteered to launch a task force at his unit to provide resources to the victims of sexual assault, identify and publicize the warning signs of ongoing sexual harassment. From what I...

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