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5 Tips for Young Parents and Large Families

Taylor Marshall writes:

Here are 5 tips for young parents who are afraid or discouraged about having a large family with all the sacrifices that come with it. Here’s the good news. A large family is a lot of fun and extremely rewarding. My wife Joy and I have 7 children. It’s a blessing.
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Hold Onto the Nails, Not the Hurt

Another great piece from Sherry:

Facebook brings us many people talking about and linking to many things, not all of them just, kind or beautiful. One had an angry screed at the top because the person felt outrage at the callus laughter of those who beat a man as the description of his beating and injuries were discussed in court. He called them not human. Another posted smugly about her politics, and how uneducated the other side stubbornly remains for daring to think otherwise. I received an email demanding I stand up against my own Church because it does not sanction what the world has decided must be. In every case, and I saw people rallying to the other side, people assembling on the internet in camps of left and right, Republican and Democrat, White and Black, Christian and non Christian, those in favor and those who oppose the redefinition of marriage as recognized by the state, and in every place, I saw people declare the other side, Not Human. Or less worthy human. Or even worthless. All matter of civility and principles, manners and charity were exchanged for vitriol, I'm right, you're a dunderhead. But in less gentle terms. Everyone everywhere felt entitled, justified to hold onto the hurt. And all I could think over and over again is Human. All too Human. Human. Human. Human.
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Fr. Schall: Why Silencing Christians Will Continue

We are tolerant of everything but truth:

The number of subjects we cannot talk about in public discourse are rapidly multiplying. The older notion of “free speech” as a search for the truth through reasonable argument is being replaced. We no longer want to hear speech if it “offends” someone’s feelings or self-defined identity. We would rather “just get along” than to have to decide about the truth of any issue or confront the consequences of its violation.
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7 Common Careers Christians May No Longer Hold in America

The American Family Association has the list:

Many Christians choose self-employed careers because they want to be able to run their business according to the dictates of their faith and conscience. That list is quickly shrinking as homosexuals pro-actively seek opportunities to wreck the personal business and career of any Christian who declines to support the gay lifestyle. Don't be fooled. This is a focused effort to ostracize and humiliate faith-based businesses and their owners. Here are a few recent examples:
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Legislative Bullying

Katherine Kersten writes at First Things:

Who—in sensitive, civilized America in 2014—could possibly be in favor of bullying? Every decent adult wants students to treat each other with courtesy and respect. So who could oppose attempts to strengthen anti-bullying laws to shield children from the hurtful schoolyard taunts so many of us remember? But what if the anti-bullying project is hijacked by zealous special-interest groups with little concern for protecting kids who are overweight, shy, or viewed as nerds—the traditional victims of bullying? What if state policy-makers use anti-bullying programs to pry open the doors of religious schools and compel them to teach ideas directly at odds with the tenets of their faith?
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Nutjob College Students Mock Pro-Lifers With Coat Hanger Display

Hangers are their weapon of choice against the imaginary war on women.

The Socialist Student Union at Winthrop University covered the DiGiorgio Campus Center’s lawn in wire hangers to mock a pro-life event that was sponsored by conservative students. The College Republicans had covered the same spot on the lawn with flags in January to represent abortions in the United States in honor of National Sanctity of Human Life Day.
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LMU Hires Dean with Planned Parenthood Connection

The Cardinal Newman Society reports:

Loyola Marymount University has named Dr. Robbin Crabtree dean of its Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts, despite her past consultancy work with a Planned Parenthood-sponsored clinic and her involvement with a pro-abortion rights organization. Crabtree, according to her CV available online, worked on the Advisory Board and Media Relations Committee of Planned Parenthood of Putnam County, Indiana, from 1991 to 1993.
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Abp. Chaput: Remembering Two Men, Two Popes, and Two Great Saints

Wonderful piece.

In just a few days – April 27, Divine Mercy Sunday – Pope Francis will canonize two of the greatest religious leaders in many decades: Blessed Pope John XXIII and Blessed Pope John Paul II. It’s a good moment to pause and reflect on each. Elected in October 1958 at the age of 77, Pope John XXIII (born Angelo Roncalli) was very unlike his predecessor, Pius XII. John XXIII came from Italian peasant stock, and in the place of papal formality, he radiated humor and warmth. It was John XXIII who, when once asked by an interviewer how many people worked at the Vatican, quipped “about half.”
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U.S. Congressmen Urge Germans to Allow Homeschoolers Freedom

ChristianNews.net reports:

Three United States Congressmen recently met with German Ambassador Peter Ammon to discuss the importance of the freedom to home school. Representatives Daniel Webster (R-FL), Tim Walberg (R-MI) and Randy Hultgren (R-IL) sat down with Ammon in light of Germany’s restrictions against homeschooling and its punishment of those who do not send their children to state schools. The meeting was organized by Rep. Marlin Stutzman (R-IN).
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Mom-to-be: I need to have this abortion so that I can be on a reality show

HotAir reports:

Puffing on a cigarette and rubbing her baby bump, the controversial model and call girl – who will have her abortion at a clinic this week – said: “I’m finally on the verge of becoming famous and I’m not going to ruin it now. “An abortion will further my career. This time next year I won’t have a baby. Instead, I’ll be famous, driving a bright pink Range Rover and buying a big house. Nothing will get in my way.” Josie, 23, is already 18 weeks pregnant by either an escort agency client or a Premier League footballer.
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Woman on Her Deathbed Talks of Her Cure after Seeing Photo of Pope John Paul II

The Blaze reports:

She Was Reportedly on Her Deathbed When a Photo of Pope John Paul II Caught Her Eye — No One Can Explain Scientifically What Happened on That Day
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Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-Life, Traditional Marriage Stands From Party Platform

Reason 5,467 why I am no longer a Republican.

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Chris Christie: I'm Pro-Life and Believe in the Sanctity of Life

LifeNews.com reports:

New Jersey Governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate Chris Christie said during a speech at a forum on drug and alcohol abuse that he is pro-life and he tied his opposition to abortion to his respect for human life, chrischristie4saying he is pro-life both before and after birth. Christie was a featured speaker at the conference, held at Saint Peter’s University. His comments on abortion came during a conversation with former Gov. Jim McGreevey.
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Islamic Terrorists: "We Must Eliminate the Cross."

Hate.

In a speech to the group, al-Wuhayshi makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”
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Clemson Actually Stands Up to Atheists

Stands by football coach.

A prominent atheist activist organization has lodged a complaint against the practices of the Clemson University football program, claiming that it is unlawfully ‘entangled’ in Christianity. The Madison, Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) recently sent a letter to the university, asserting that head coach Dabo Swinney is violating the separation of church and state. “Christian worship seems interwoven into Clemson’s football program,” wrote FFRF Staff Attorney Patrick Elliott. “We are concerned that this commingling of religion and athletics results, not from student initiative, but rather from the attitudes and unconstitutional behaviors of the coaching staff.”
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Crowdfunding Her Way Into the Convent

Student loans are preventing her from entering:

There's only one thing standing between Mary Beth Baker and the convent of the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia in Nashville, Tenn. -- and it's $25,000. The 28-year-old PR exec and self-described "hardcore Catholic" is looking forward to joining the Nashville convent as a nun, but she must pay off her student loans first, as priests and nuns are not allowed to carry debt. Regarding her decision to become a nun, she told The Huffington Post, "As I've been realizing more, it's really about falling in love. I love the idea of being able to live for Christ with an undivided heart."
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Niceraguan Priest Murdered

May have been protecting young girl.

Just a few days after the murder of the Jesuit priest, Father Frans van Lugt in Syria, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has noted with sadness the violent killing of one of its project partners in Nicaragua, Father Francisco Blandón, the parish priest of the church of the Immaculate Conception in Wiwilí, Nicaragua, who was shot dead on Sunday 6th April. He was struck by two bullets, one in the abdomen and the other in the heart. Father Francisco was a delegate of the Nicaraguan Human Rights Association and a specialist in Canon Law for the diocese of Jinotega. Early investigations suggest that his attacker may have been mentally unstable, since he also shot and killed his girlfriend, who had come to the presbytery to seek advice and help. It seems possible that Fr Francisco may have been shot while trying to protect the girl from her boyfriend’s attempts to shoot her. He had been parish priest here for four years and was greatly loved by the people, who often came to him seeking advice and guidance.
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Drag Show at Catholic College Takes Satanic Turn

Goat horns and everything.

The drag show at the University of San Diego (USD) on April 10 took a satanic turn, according to an email alert from the Freedom of Conscience Defense Fund (FCDF) which had a correspondent at the event. The Cardinal Newman Society reported last week that the Vatican’s Congregation for Education stated that a previous drag show at the Catholic university caused “scandal”. USD still proceeded with its third annual drag show titled “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar”.
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A Funny Story About How Kids Made a Nightmare Come True

Parenting is Funny has a good one:

The other night I had a dream that I was being attacked by a crow. The crow was a known serial killer. And now it was after me.
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9 Great Scientists Who Were Priests

But the Church hates science, right?

Like the belief that vaccines cause autism or that GMOs are unhealthy, the notion that science and religion are in permanent conflict is a myth. This superficial argument persists, no matter how much evidence accumulates against it. Mostly, the controversy is kept alive by a handful of individuals -- some more obnoxious than others -- who have built their careers encouraging and exploiting discord instead of harmony. The Catholic Church, of course, is the media's favorite whipping boy. However, the convenient narrative of a Church waging a two-millennia-long battle against science is drastically undermined by a long and inconvenient history of priests who were also productive scientists. Here are a few of them.
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