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RIP Anthony Gallegos, son of Leticia Adams, and how to help the family

Yesterday, my friend Leticia Adams shared the devastating news that her oldest son, Anthony Gallegos, committed suicide at her home. He had long struggled with depression. He was the father of two young girls. If you care to, please join me in praying the novena to St. Michael the Archangel for Anthony, Leticia, and their whole… Continue reading RIP Anthony Gallegos, son of Leticia Adams, and how to help the family

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Not lost forever: Miscarriage, grief, and hope

We have reason to hope that even those little, innocent ones who never had eyes to see the light of day or the waters of baptism will be welcomed into heaven as well, not smuggled in the pockets of a low-ranking god, but recognised and called by name back home by their Father who made… Continue reading Not lost forever: Miscarriage, grief, and hope

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We can rediscover the truth about love

Ever taken a look at those cave-dwelling, bottom-lurking creatures that have adapted to the dark? They are interesting beyond belief. Their standard-issue organs go dormant, to be replaced with specialised appendages, antennae, and adaptive organs to make their way around. The same thing happens to our souls, to our understanding of what life and love,… Continue reading We can rediscover the truth about love

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On Fr. Pavone and the display of dead bodies

To my protestant friend: You say that depictions of Christ’s suffering in the centre of worship makes you feel worried. It should. It should shake you to the core. Read the rest of my latest post at The Catholic Weekly here. Note: I’ve been posting for The Catholic Weekly at the beginning of each week. Here are my posts from… Continue reading On Fr. Pavone and the display of dead bodies

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Bagels from Heaven, very imperfect contrition, and conversations with the dead

These are all topics we discussed yesterday during Mark Shea’s radio show,Connecting the Dots, where I am a co-host every Monday. I keep forgetting to remind people about this show, but it’s lots of fun! Here is a podcast of yesterday’s show, where we answered reader’s questions, including “Should we pray for the conversion of Satan?”

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Rogue Laughter in a Flippant Society

Whether you call it a defect in our understanding of tragedy, or a defect in our understanding of comedy, it amounts to the same thing, because a society that avoids tragedy is a society that does not understand comedy — and so it has no idea when to laugh and when to cry. Read the… Continue reading Rogue Laughter in a Flippant Society

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Pro-life Even at the End of Life: What the Catholic Church Teaches about Care for the Dying

The Catholic Church has a consistent, compassionate approach to end-of-life issues, but many Catholics don’t know what the Church actually teaches. As a result, doctors, hospice care workers, and the guardians of patients in distress are branded “murderers” even when they’re doing their best to care for the sick and dying in a loving, responsible, and ethical… Continue reading Pro-life Even at the End of Life: What the Catholic Church Teaches about Care for the Dying

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In which I nag you to buy life insurance

No pressure! I really hate it when people say, “You have no business having children if you don’t have life insurance!” or “How can you claim you love your family if you don’t have life insurance?” Hey, things happen. Life doesn’t always work out in a sensible order. Lots of non-horrible people don’t have life… Continue reading In which I nag you to buy life insurance

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In which I nag you to buy life insurance

No pressure! I really hate it when people say, “You have no business having children if you don’t have life insurance!” or “How can you claim you love your family if you don’t have life insurance?” Hey, things happen. Life doesn’t always work out in a sensible order. Lots of non-horrible people don’t have life… Continue reading In which I nag you to buy life insurance

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Gee, your corpse smells terrific!

Not only does the Catholic Church “do science,” but she allows us a heck of a lot of latitude in our personal devotions. Myself, I have steered clear of incorruptibles as any proof of anything besides the fact that the world is weird, history is messy, and lots of people are different from me. Read… Continue reading Gee, your corpse smells terrific!