When the Phrase “Life Is Important” Becomes More than a Theme Song

01/21/2015 Comments (2)

Tomorrow, hundreds of thousands will converge in Washington, D.C. for the March for Life. If this year is anything like past years, it will be an event that’s largely ignored by mainstream media, except for the five people who are in favor of abortion.

It’s the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion and really changed a lot of things in this country. In fact, there will be hundreds of thousands marching and walking across the country in support of life. You can also pray along with the 9 Days for Life if you’re not in a position to 

But sometimes, having a face, a story, a NAME, makes it all real in a different way. It makes the theory into...READ MORE

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Making Informed Purchases Using Apps

01/17/2015 Comments (5)
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A few days ago, I received an invitation to check out BuyPartisan, an app that lets you figure out the political affiliation of the companies behind the products you’re buying. In a sentence: you scan the barcode with your phone, and the app tells you the company’s political spending, thus allowing you to determine if it’s in line with your own.

It sure does make for a new level of transparency, doesn’t it?

I have a rather reluctant approach to boycotting. I know my dollars matter, and I know what my children see me spending money on also matters, and yet I can’t help but think that my one voice is lost if I’m not also communicating what I’m doing.

But this isn’t boycotting. This is...READ MORE

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Register Radio - How Should Catholics Respond to Radical Islam?

01/16/2015 Comments (7)

This week on Register Radio: how should a Catholic respond to terror attacks? Dan Burke and Jeanette De Melo discuss Islam, last week's terror attacks in Paris, and how a Catholic should respond. They’re speaking with guest Robert Reilly, author of the book Closing of the Muslim Mind.

Robert Reilly has taught at the National Defense University and served in the Office of The Secretary of Defense. He participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003 as Senior Advisor to the Iraqi Ministry of information. Mr. Reilly has served in the White House as a Special Assistant to the President, and in the U.S. Information Agency both in DC and abroad.  He is author of a number of books on Islam, and...READ MORE

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Two Books for Life: ‘Prayers for Life’ and ‘On Human Life’

01/14/2015 Comment

The power of my mother telling me that she was praying for my future spouse — said to me when I was a tween uninterested in marriage — didn’t sink in until I had my own children. The ten years since I became a mother have helped me better understand and appreciate the power of prayer itself too. For me, there has been something about the tangibility of the crucible parenting is that has made me experience just what a difference power can make.

It’s an important time of year for being aware of life issues. January 22 marks the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion and will see hundreds of thousands people marching in peaceful and prayer-filled protest in both...READ MORE

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‘9 Days for Life’ is a Digital Pilgrimage

01/10/2015 Comment

It will be a few years before I find myself at either the March for Life in Washington, D.C., or the Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco. Though I may long to go, it’s just not feasible for my state in life.

But, thanks to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, I can make a digital pilgrimage and unite my prayers with those of others around the country and the world in a novena to end abortion.

From January 17-25, the bishops are inviting all Catholics to make a nine-day digital pilgrimage. This “9 Days for Life” is for the protection of life at all stages. This nine day period is significant, because it’s surrounding the anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision, Roe v....READ MORE

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Register Radio - Threats To D.C. Catholic Schools / Spiritual Life in the New Year

01/09/2015 Comments (1)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette De Melo talks to the Cardinal Newman Society's Patrick Reilly about a serious threat to religious freedom on Catholic university campuses in our nation's capitol. And in the second part of the show, Dan Burke and Father of Mercy Father Wade Menezes discuss setting a routine of prayer and making daily duties holy in this New Year.

Patrick Reilly on Threats To D.C. Catholic Schools

Patrick Reilly is president and founder of the Cardinal Newman Society, a wonderful organization dedicated to safeguarding faithful Catholic education. He is a frequent contributor and source to Register news, as well as a regular guest here on Register Radio.

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Art and Apert Syndrome: Serving a Greater Purpose - #Art4Sarah

01/07/2015 Comments (3)

Jeannie Ewing and daughter Sarah

I “met” Jeannie Ewing virtually a little over a year ago. In that time, we’ve worked together at CatholicMom.com, where Jeannie’s a regular contributor, and I’ve had the chance to learn about her family’s incredible story.

Part of what makes it so incredible to me is how very hope-filled it seems. I would not have expected that having a child with all of the complications Sarah has would inspire hope, but that’s exactly what I find when I read about Jeannie’s experiences as mom and about the many procedures and hurdles they face.

Sarah was born on March 16, 2013, and Jeannie and her husband Ben found themselves forever changed in ways beyond what they expected with the birth of their...READ MORE

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A Few Titles I’m Looking Forward to Reading

12/24/2014 Comments (1)

For the last few years, the week between Christmas and New Year’s has been an opportunity for me to read. I turn off the computer, put an auto-responder on my email, and bask with a pile of books.

While I’m not going to be doing exactly that this year, I do have a few titles I think I can finish for some fun Christmas break reading (and one that I want to make sure I share).

As Morning Breaks: Daily Gospel Reflections

I’m very hit-or-miss with my daily readings, especially in certain seasons of life (like the one I’m in right now), but I’m trying, above all, to learn the lesson of not giving up.

One tool that’s helped me do that this year is the new-this-year feature at CatholicMom.com,...READ MORE

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Sarah Reinhard is a Catholic wife, mom, writer, parish worker and catechist, and coffee drinker. You’re just as likely to find her hiding out back with a book as you are to discover her playing in the yard with a few farm animals (or wait — are those her kids?) She is the author of five books, the most recent of which is A Catholic Mother's Companion to Pregnancy: Walking with Mary from Conception to Baptism. She blogs at SnoringScholar.com and CatholicMom.com. Reinhard holds a master’s degree in marketing and communications and has worked for many years in corporate and nonprofit organizations. She lives in central Ohio with her husband and three children. You can also follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Goodreads.