About the Author

Susan Ciancio has a BA in psychology and a BA in sociology from the University of Notre Dame, with an MA in liberal studies from Indiana University. Since 2003, she has worked as a professional editor and writer, editing both fiction and nonfiction books, magazine articles, blogs, educational lessons, professional materials, and website content. Fourteen of those years have been in the pro-life sector. Currently Susan writes weekly for HLI, edits for American Life League, and is the editor of its Celebrate Life Magazine. She also serves as executive editor for the Culture of Life Studies Program, an educational nonprofit program for k-12 students.

What Percentage of Marriages Survive Infidelity?

By Susan Ciancio / March 26, 2024 /

You say your “I dos,” you excitedly build a life together, you have children, you buy a house, you go to work, and then the unimaginable happens. You find out that your spouse has cheated on you, or maybe you have cheated on your spouse. The life you built comes crashing down. You feel shattered,…

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Helping Christians with Porn Addictions

By Susan Ciancio / March 18, 2024 /
Pornography: Provoking Violence, Debasing Human Sexuality

We all have something about ourselves that we don’t like, that we want to change, or that we’re embarrassed about. That’s just part of life. But there are sins that threaten to swallow us, that seek to absorb us, and that change the person we were meant to be. Those sins often lead to guilt…

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Dr. Anthony Levatino: Abortionist Turned Pro-Life

By Susan Ciancio / February 26, 2024 /

Some events in life buoy us. Some events in life fill us with wonder. And some events drive us to our knees and shatter us. For Dr. Anthony Levatino, that event happened on June 23, 1984. Dr. Anthony Levatino graduated from Albany Medical College in 1976. He then began medical rotations during his internship at…

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The Devastating Effects of a Husband Addicted to Porn

By Susan Ciancio / February 23, 2024 /
Man watching porn on laptop computer touching himself

The realization is like a slap in the face. You feel humiliated. You’re embarrassed. You can’t believe this is happening to you and your husband. Over the past few months, you have had a sneaking suspicion that your husband not only watches porn but is addicted. And now that stark reality is staring at you,…

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9 Uplifting Bible Verses for Couples Struggling with Infertility

By Susan Ciancio / January 31, 2024 /
Woman bible scriptures on knee, praying to God, hope and trust, bible verses about infertility

Every year, millions of women are devastated to learn that they either have difficulty conceiving a baby or that they’re infertile. While being part of such a large group often makes people feel included and comfortable, being a part of this particular group does the opposite. It makes women feel incredibly alone. The desire for…

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Three Prayers for Babies in Danger of Abortion

By Susan Ciancio / January 29, 2024 /

Abortion—the taking of a baby’s life before he has a chance to be born—is one of the most horrific things a human being can do to another. In just the first ten months of 2023 alone, there were 878,000 abortions in the US. But because that number does not include data from every state—as some…

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Novena for Pregnancy and Motherhood

By Susan Ciancio / January 23, 2024 /
Pregnancy Child Birth Baby Mother Maternity Bebe

Pregnancy is a joyous time of preparation, wonder, and abundant changes. But for a new mother it can also be a scary time. There’s so much to worry about as that tiny, vulnerable baby grows each and every day. That is why we invoke the help of Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Gerard. We…

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Permissive Parenting

By Susan Ciancio / January 19, 2024 /
little girl using a phone

They say that children don’t come with a handbook. And that’s true. But if they did, it would hold amazing insight from a woman named Diana Baumrind. Baumrind was a developmental psychologist at the University of California at Berkeley in the 1960s. After studying the behavior of preschool children, she found that there is a…

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The World Doesn’t Need Population Control; It Needs Families

By Susan Ciancio / September 14, 2023 /
illustrate of world map

Day after day we hear the phrase “population control.” We hear laments that the planet is overcrowded and running out of resources. It seems that many people care more about the planet than the human beings who inhabit it. Among the solutions to this problem, they say, is the idea that we should limit the…

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Living an Authentic Catholic Life Means Teaching the Truth about Transgenderism

By Susan Ciancio / August 28, 2023 /
Child with rainbow painted face

“I think I was born in the wrong body” is a statement we are hearing more and more often today. Much of the time it’s uttered by youth. This greatly concerns those who care about the well-being of vulnerable children, especially as current estimates predict that about 300,000 kids between the ages of 13 and…

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