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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“Every civil right rests on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, be it quantitative, economic or, least of all, ideological.” (Pope Francis, April 11, 2014) Print this entry






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope Francis

“Parents are called to teach their children to defend life, beginning with life in the womb, recognizing that life is a gift from God and an assurance for the future of humanity.” (Pope Francis, Message for National Week of the Family in Brazil; attributed by Vatican Radio) Print this entry






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When Christmas Hurts: Coping for those who have lost a child

The Advent and Christmas seasons can be difficult for anyone who has lost a loved one, but uniquely so for those who are mourning the death of an infant through miscarriage. I know because in 1986, in the tender first year of my husband’s and my marriage, I lost our first child on Christmas Day. Instead of celebrating a warm […]






"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Pietro da Cortona"Guardian Angel" (detail) by Pietro da Cortona

On Smiling Angels and Joy-Filled Hearts

It is difficult to be a parent today, especially if you have a child or children with special needs. The days are emotional roller coaster rides often filled with frustration and only fleeting glimpses of progress. These families often push the pause button on their old lives as the focus becomes all about therapists, adaptive learning, fighting with schools for […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“Much remains to be done to support those whose lives are wounded and to restore hope to those who are afraid of life. Courage is needed to resist pressures and false slogans, to proclaim the supreme dignity of all life, and to demand that society itself give it its protection. A distinguished American, Thomas Jefferson, once stated: ’The care of […]






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Catholic Quote of the Day — from Pope St. John Paul II

“The economic, social and cultural transformations taking place in our world are having an enormous effect on how people look upon marriage and the family. As a result many couples are unsure of the meaning of their relationship, and this causes them much turmoil and suffering. On the other hand, many other couples are stronger because, having overcome modern pressures, […]






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Encountering the Word — Matthew 19:13-14

A Daily Quote from Sacred Scripture Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people; but Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:13-14) Print this entry






"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail)  by Juan Urruchi"Suffer little children to come unto me" (detail) by Juan Urruchi

Each of These Children is a Blessing

“Those whose lives are diminished or weakened deserve special respect. Sick or handicapped persons should be helped to lead lives as normal as possible.”  (CCC 2276) One of the few issues my wife and I were concerned about when we decided to join the Catholic Church in 2005 was how to include our oldest son, Alex, who has high-functioning autism. He […]






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Chiara Corbella Petrillo: 21st Century Witness to Love

By K. V. Turley K. V. Turley is a London based freelance writer and filmmaker with a degree in theology from the Maryvale Institute. I am here now, in your room, your last room… It was here the doors were opened and He came in person to meet you… So starts a quite remarkable book: Chiara Corbella Petrillo: A Witness […]