With Jesus, Pope’s Seat is Never Vacant

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Religion rarely dominates global news headlines, but Pope Benedict's resignation has proven a notable exception. … [Read more...]

Are Today’s Men Courageous? Tackling a Tough Issue Before the Big Game

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Before tackling a bowl of chips in front of the widescreen this Sunday, thousands of men will be training for a challenge bigger than the Super Bowl—the challenge of courageous manhood. … [Read more...]

Christmas Help Needed: Toys for Kids in New Jersey

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Over at The Anchoress, fellow blogger Elizabeth Scalia highlights a last-minute need that you can be a part of helping meet! She writes: Folks, I know things are tight all over and it’s late in the season, and you probably have already made your charitable gifts for Christmas, but I wonder if I can tug at your sleeve for a little help.There is an agency in Paterson, New Jersey, connected to Catholic Charities, and doing outreach and counseling for troubled families — in some cases Dad is jai … [Read more...]

Gifts of the Season: Advent Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank

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Advent (meaning “arrival” or “coming”) is a spiritual season of preparation leading up to Christmas, as Christians get ready to celebrate the birth of Jesus. This season is characterized by personal prayer and repentance along with corporate expressions of anticipation, hope and joy.Of course, another hallmark of this holiday season is the focus on giving.  According to the American Research Group, this year it is estimated that shoppers will spend an average of $854 for gifts, up $200 from l … [Read more...]

Joy, Heartache, and the Plan of God: Our Adoption Journey

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What happens when you have one plan and God has another?By LISA MURPHYAdoption has been a tremendous blessing to our family.  It’s also broken our hearts.Our journey to adopt a second child began three years ago.  My husband Jimmy and I sought the Lord, and God prepared our hearts for a beautiful baby boy.  Even before we met him, we knew our son had desperate needs – open heart surgery was his most pressing physical need, but he truly needed a family that would love him – complete … [Read more...]

Veterans Day: Honoring Those Who Have Answered the Call

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Veterans Day is for celebrating those Americans – across all time and all wars – who have answered the call to protect liberty, defend freedom, and crush tyranny.  By Col. Randal Scott CarterWe celebrate Veterans Day on the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I, the armistice that began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.  The timing of this holiday is deliberate relative to history, but it also seems fitting that this day comes deep in the autumn sea … [Read more...]

Son of Promise: Reflections on God’s Power and Providence

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My daughter Ruth recently wrote about a miracle that took place in our family 22 years ago, causing me to reflect on the providence of God and the power of His precious promises during that defining time in our lives. Here is how God used our trials to strengthen our faith, deepen our surrender, and teach us to rest in His grace.  By Veena MalhotraToday as we commemorate Veterans Day, with hearts full of gratitude for the U.S. military, my thoughts go back to Veterans Day 22 years ago wh … [Read more...]


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