Novice Training

One of the hallmarks of the Church in our age is the renewed emphasis on the role of the laity. Drawing upon the rich, traditional teaching of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65), the Church reminds the laity that all of us are called to holiness by virtue of our Baptism, and we are all called to […]

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School Choices

When I was growing up in the 1960s and ’70s, Catholic education didn’t seem all that complicated. Like most of the other kids from St. Elizabeth parish, I attended the parochial elementary school for eight years and then went to one of the Catholic high schools in the area. Now, as the father of six […]

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Dare to Discipline

I used to listen to a talk radio host who would say, “In the department store of life, sports is, after all, the toy department.” Surely that’s a useful message for us “weekend warriors.” But let’s take that comment a step further. In the department store of life, is our faith merely a department–and a […]

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Rescuing Children from “Gay” Adoption

Earlier this week, in a post entitled “Fatal Attractions,” I recommended One Man, One Woman: A Catholic’s Guide to Defending Marriage by Dale O’Leary. She masterfully exposes common myths surrounding homosexuality, including the falsehoods that people are “born that way” and that “ten percent” of the population is homosexual. Since O’Leary is, after all, a family rights […]

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Tie a Yellow Ribbon

Maureen and I were married on February 2, 1991, during the Gulf War. At that time, people were tying yellow ribbons everywhere as a reminder of our loved ones who were away at war. We all needed reassurance during this time of conflict and uncertainty. The homilist at our wedding told us that our marriage […]

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We Remember

Some of my friends know that I’m the youngest of fourteen children. Few people, however, know that I am also the proud father of fourteen children (and one beautiful granddaughter). Yet, most who look upon our family from a distance count only six children. Where are the others? Well, I’ve never seen the others alive […]

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Labor Management

For many men today, one would think a “holy hour” means being able to watch the second half of a game without interruption, and that a “retreat” is 36 holes of golf interspersed with appropriate beverages. In countless parishes I’ve visited, the women far outnumber the men in the pews (and in the sanctuary). Meanwhile, try […]

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Natural and Supernatural Adoption

This has been a banner week for the Suprenant family. Yesterday was the second anniversary of the finalization of our son Raymond’s adoption. The amazing story of how his adoption came about can be found at http://www.cuf.org/LayWitness/Online_view.asp?lwID=493. And now today we are celebrating the 15th anniversary of our daughter Mary Kate’s Baptism. We celebrate “Baptism Days” in […]

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Got Wine?

Since Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary a couple years ago, it’s been a joy and sometimes a challenge for my family to embrace these new mysteries. We are always on the lookout for new ways of approaching these rich episodes in Christ’s life. As we’ve given more attention to […]

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