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Respect, compassion, care, kindness, empathy, and love. These actions come about when people recognize the inherent dignity in every person. And nowhere is it more important to understand people’s inherent dignity than in a capacity where someone has to take care of another or provide for his well-being. This occurs most often in the medical…

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In nine states and in Washington, DC, it is legal to decide the day of your own death should you feel that your suffering is too much to bear. Though this is defined as euthanasia—according to Merriam-Webster, “the act or practice of killing or permitting the death of hopelessly sick or injured individuals…in a relatively…

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“The greater the sinner, the greater the right he has to My mercy.” ~ Saint Faustina’s Diary   Abortion is one of the foremost causes of suffering in the world, and one of the least acknowledged. The child in the womb suffers in silence, and the mother carries grief, shame, and guilt. A cruel irony…

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Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God The Sacrament of Marriage   In our previous article…

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“Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” ─ Pope St. Paul VI, Evangelii Nuntiandi, no. 41 Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has repeatedly warned against the temptation to make the Church into just another non-profit organization. The Church, he…

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How is it still possible to speak of the dignity of every human person when the killing of the weakest and most innocent is permitted? In the name of what justice is the most unjust of discriminations practised: some individuals are held to be deserving of defence and others are denied that dignity? ─ Pope…

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Previous articles in this series: What Is the Theology of the Body? Human Dignity and the Conjugal Meaning of the Body The Beginning: The Original Unity of Man and Woman Purity of Heart Resurrection of the Body Christian Virginity and Celibacy for the Kingdom of God   In our previous article we reflected on the…

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What is NFP? Natural family planning (NFP), often referred to as fertility awareness-based methods (FABMs), is based upon pinpointing the fertile times in a woman’s body by observing and charting the natural signs in her menstrual cycle. There are several different ways to classify the primary methods of natural family planning. Some of these definitions…

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A few days ago the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) somehow captured global headlines for doing something that is not particularly noteworthy, and certainly not surprising. In a brief statement – called a Responsum – the CDF responded to a question about whether or not the Church can offer “blessings” to…

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