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a Mom's letter to Santa to make you smile
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Dear Santa,

I've been a good mom all year. I've fed, cleaned and cuddled my children
on demand, visited the doctor's office more than my doctor, sold sixty-two
cases of candy bars to raise money to plant a shade tree on the school
play ground.

I was hoping you could spread my list out over several Christmases, since
I had to write this letter with my daughter's red crayon, on the back of a
receipt in the laundry room between cycles, and who knows when I'll find
any more free time in the next 18 years.

Here are my Christmas wishes:

I'd like a pair of legs that don't ache (in any color, except purple,
which I already have) and arms that don't hurt or flap in the breeze; but
are strong enough to pull my screaming child out of the candy aisle in the
grocery store.

I'd also like a waist, since I lost mine somewhere in the seventh month of
my last pregnancy.

If you're hauling big ticket items this year I'd like fingerprint
resistant windows and a radio that only plays adult music; a television
that doesn't broadcast any programs containing talking animals; and a
refrigerator with a secret compartment behind the crisper where I can hide
to talk on the phone.

On the practical side, I could use a talking doll that says, "Yes, Mommy"
to boost my parental confidence, along with two kids who don't fight and
three pairs of jeans that will zip all the way up without the use of power

I could also use a recording of Tibetan monks chanting "Don't eat in the
living room" and "Take your hands off your
brother," because my voice seems to be just out of my children's hearing
range and can only be heard by the dog.

If it's too late to find any of these products, I'd settle for enough time
to brush my teeth and comb my hair in the same morning, or the luxury
of eating food warmer than room temperature without it being served in a
Styrofoam container.

If you don't mind, I could also use a few Christmas miracles to brighten
the holiday season. Would it be too much trouble to declare ketchup a
vegetable? It will clear my conscience immensely.

It would be helpful if you could coerce my children to help around the
house without demanding payment as if they were the bosses of an organized
crime family.

Well, Santa, the buzzer on the dryer is ringing and my daughter saw my
feet under the laundry room door. I think she wants her crayon back. Have
a safe trip and remember to leave your wet boots by the door and come
in and dry off so you don't catch cold.

Help yourself to cookies on the table but don't eat too many or leave
crumbs on the carpet.

Yours Always, MOM...!

P.S. One more can cancel all my requests if you can keep my
children young enough to believe in Santa.

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Today's College Student Caller
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Follow up callers expressed much interest in our college student caller today. This is a continuation of the November 8th show hosting Catholic College students witnessing about their college which is on the Cardinal Newman Society top 20 list of colleges.

Today's guest, Marco, is a lay student at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, nick-named The Angelicum, and also attended by the seminarians from the North American College formation center.
Marco informed us that dozens of lay people attend this faithful and intellectual school. They have an international faculty rooted in a Thomistic thought foundation. Tuition is only $2,000, and housing is available nearby for lay people. Many Religious attend this school as well. He said it is a great experience of Western culture and Catholicism, and Eucharistic Adoration is available each day.

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Faithful Catholic Colleges
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Thanks to the many college students who called in for the November 8th show to tell us what makes their college truly a Catholic environment.

You can hear the show via the archives at:

Thanks to the Cardinal Newman Society who helps all of us lay people discern what makes a college Catholic.

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Love vs. infatuation
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 I was listening 10/2/14 on the radio at Coleen explaining the differences between infatuation and love. It was a response to an email she relieved. I would like to share this with my teenage daughter who is "in love" with her boyfriend. I would like her to listen to Dr Mast's objective explanation to take the emotion out of our discussion.

Thank you for being a helpful resource to patents with teenagers.

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Moving through Grief
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The article we discussed today was taken from the H.O.P.E. newsletter by Rev. Victor M. Parachin and refers to the book

Living Fully in the Shadow of Death  by Smeege & DeVries.
The stages of grief described include:
1. Recognize and accept that your loved one has died.
2. Experience all the emotions associated with the death of your loved one.
3. Identify, summarize and find a place to store memories of your loved one.
4. Identify who you are now, independent of your loved one.
5. Reinvest in life without your deceased loved one.

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Help for Troubled Marriages
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Sarah, a caller today asked for help to regrow trust in her marriage.

Some Catholic options are:, a weekend experience with a series of 6-12 post weekend sessions over 3 months, led by other couples who have turned their marriage around from coldness or divorce back to a life of love.
They have weekends scheduled regularly all over the world.

Alexander House Apostolate offers programs to serve and heal marriages.

Good web-based secular programs include:

God bless you!

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Effect of environment
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I am interested in obtaining a copy of the story you read on Saturday August 23, 2014. It was about the carrot the egg and the coffee beans. Where can I get this story?

Thank you for you great program!!!

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Help for pornography problems
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On today's show, a young wife called in whose marriage was breaking up due to her husband's pornography problem.

The resource I mentioned for help for both him and herself is the website:
It contains a 7-point plan for recovery that includes the best of what does work, and a section for healing for wives.

Let us pray for all those who are suffering from the evils of pornography.

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12 Ways that Pornography Harms People
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This list we covered on today's show (and more) in response to the two questions can be found in the Love & Life Parent's Guide available at this website,, in the store.

Please help others know the negative effects of pornography. Porno DOES HURT PEOPLE and MARRIAGES, even if you are not married!

Today's caller said she was first introduced to (or should we say assaulted with) pornography at 9 years old and then the addiction began.

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Catholic Help for Substance Abuse
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Cenacolo founded by Mother Elvira for young adults to live in community, develop a spiritual life, work together and overcome addictions. Members must come willingly with a desire to recover. The success rate of recovery is very high, since it offers an entire lifestyle change and a spiritual life. There is one in Alabama and one in Florida.

St. Gregory Neurochemical Therapy Program works to repair brain damage of addictions and restore nutrition to the brain via IV's, along with traditional therapy.

A psychologist called in to recommend that the caller seek out the diocesan exorcist for her son with mental illness and addiction to see if there is some deeper evil going on in him.

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