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Moments of Grace in Teaching: Generosity or Obedience

We don’t use Lifeteen resources at our school, except that we like their pretty thorough examination of conscience. As we have a penance service tomorrow, I was going over it with students, which lists neglect of the poor under the 7th commandment. “Mr. Murphy, what if I haven’t been generous with my money because my parents tell me I’m supposed to spend my allowance on...

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Little pro-life victories

Mar 28 Little pro-life victories

About a year ago, I was prompted to write this post when I discovered a little bit of anti-child internet technology that catered to the opinion that kids are ridiculously expensive buzzkills. There is much reason for hope, though. Aside from the statistical data, there is lots of anecdotal evidence that people love kids, and that parents have a blast with them (or at least appreciate the odd...

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The Millennials That Marry Young

Mar 27 The Millennials That Marry Young

The recent Pew Research Center report “Millennials in Adulthood” summed up a recent survey of my generation with this: “The Millennial generation is forging a distinctive path into adulthood. Now ranging in age from 18 to 331, they are relatively unattached to organized politics and religion, linked by social media, burdened by debt, distrustful of people, in no rush to marry—...

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A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

Mar 26 A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

I have a confession to make.  It’s something I’ve learned about myself over the last couple of years of having children who have reached the age of reason: I’m terrible at going to Confession.  Over that last two years, I have managed to prepare two of my children to receive their first Penance and First Holy Communion. I have made sure that they have attended Mass every...

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The Feast of The Annunciation: Mama Mary Loves Us!

Mar 25 The Feast of The Annunciation: Mama Mary Loves Us!

Today is the Feast of The Annunciation of Our Lord.  It holds particular significance for me because it is the anniversary of the day my wife learned that we would be parents for the first time. My wife Mikki and I married in September 2005, just four short months after graduating from college.  We tried to for three years to get pregnant, and were diagnosed in Summer 2009 with “unexplained...

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Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

Mar 21 Lenten Practices: Almsgiving

I’ve looked at resources on prayer and fasting the last two weeks, so we’ll round out our trio of Lenten practices by discussing almsgiving today. There is obviously an aspect of almsgiving that involves monetary donations; the fifth precept of the Church (“You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church”) means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the...

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Saint Joseph Was Just a Man

Mar 19 Saint Joseph Was Just a Man

While flipping through a missalette one Sunday morning during the homily, my sister stopped short when her eyes landed on what she thought to be a very disparaging song title: “St. Joseph Was Just a Man.”  She stared at it a moment longer, really in a bit of disbelief that someone would write a song like this, and then it hit her.  Her eyes hadn’t quite relayed the correct...

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