Jennifer Hartline is a contributing writer for Catholic Online.

When not writing, she tries to keep busy caring for her handsome Army husband and their four children, which consists of homeschooling, homemaking, baking and napping, not necessarily in that order.  She runs on dark chocolate and mochas. 

She is more grateful with each passing day for the grace of being Catholic, since the Church is the only thing that’s going to save our insanely self-obsessed, sex-saturated, truth-starved culture from imploding.  The Church is God’s Plan A, and there ain’t no Plan B.

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When I get discouraged and angry about the state of the world my children are inheriting; when I start to feel overwhelmed by the immoral, narcissistic wasteland that our country is rapidly becoming, I remember what a wise and holy man has told me many times:

“These may be difficult times, but these are our times.  We were born for these times.”

These times call for courage.  Thus the blog title.  Taken from the song of Deborah in the book of Judges, chapter 5, it is the plea for our day as well.  Wake up, people!  May God raise up for us modern-day Deborahs and Judiths and Catherine of Siennas, who will be bold and brave, unapologetically.


22 responses to “About

  1. Celtic Flower

    February 25, 2015 at 7:38 PM

    Jennifer, thank you so much for your writing. It’s beautiful and truthful. I always look forward to your articles. May God continue to bless you and our family.

  2. Zero Hartlinr

    June 25, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Jennifer Hartline – I am Diane Hartline although my preferred name is Zero. I received the Hartline name through marriage. Perry Hartline is my husband. He is a wonderful writer and great artist. We’ve struggled with health problems for the past 5 years and are finally beginning to heal. I’m an artist and have recently begun working with raw silk and dyes. I want to begin a pro life series incorporating cherubs. I’m also a reasonably good writer. We moved from California to North Carolina in 2011 and are very happy. I hope we can see each other sometime. We are both cradle Catholics and put our 3 children through Catholic school k-12.

    Zero Hartline

  3. R. D. Daniel

    March 24, 2014 at 5:35 PM

    Jennifer, I regularly read articles on Catholic Online but somehow have missed yours until I read the one on Beyonce. What a powerful message not only to Beyonce but to our parents and young people as well as they should pay closer attention to the music they’re listening to or their children are listening to. I don’t listen to her music so I would have never picked up on it, but through the media we hear of the messages of other “artists” (ha!) like her and too many of them are alike, too many of them are the ones are young people are listening to. This comes at a perfect time as I prepare with my wife to do a Confirmation retreat on the Air Force base I teach R.E. on. It will give us powerful ammunition to address the music of today and other alternatives such as the many popular Christian musicians out there today. Thanks for having the courage to speak up and bring this to our attention!

  4. Debbie

    March 23, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I don’t know how I found your writing…..I play around on the internet a lot…..but truly God led me hear for a reason. My name is Deborah and I yearn to stand up for women in the same courageous way you do! Thank you!

  5. Tonya

    March 23, 2014 at 5:50 AM

    I too am a Catholic homeschooling (Seton) mother of 4 (soon to be 5) and wife to an Army soldier.

  6. Patti Adelaine

    April 18, 2013 at 11:37 AM

    WOW; your article on the tiny corpses is powerful! I am in awe of your courage in posting it. I can only pray that my words can be as impacting as yours the next time I have the opportunity to voice them! Thank You!

  7. Linda Renoud

    April 15, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Dear Jennifer, I am now your 112th follower. “Ignore the Tiny Corpses” did it! But I am confused about exactly who I am following, Jennifer…Deborah….wordpress? I am responding to this particular article because I believe it is American Catholics, Christians, and other people of good-will who MUST see, believe, come face to face, and express (unafraid) the enormity and horrific gravity of abortion, and that there is nothing GOOD about evil for humanity. Following WWII, the whole world claimed, “We never want these crimes against humanity to repeat themselves,” yet in 60 years America itself has repeated murder on innocent victims TEN TIMES OVER (10 x 6 million = 60 million exterminated infants). And that is only “OUR” United States. I am certainly one who wonders still, what can I do, or what MORE can I do. Every person must realize that it is their very personal self’s own humanity that is at stake (whether you are religious or not) if they IGNORE this violence and hatred, water it down, or don’t name it for the INHUMANITY that it is.

  8. Erin Stahl

    March 20, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I applaud you, my dear! I was once an army wife myself, as well as a writer, and I truly enjoy your style! I am so happy to hear a young woman speaking the TRUTH! God bless you.

  9. kathleen carey

    September 26, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Thank you so much for your article about Caroline Kennedy. You put into words exactly how i was feeling. I am tired of the ‘Buffet Catholics” who think they can follow the doctrines they agree with and skip the one they disagree with.

  10. Helena

    September 24, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Dear Jennifer, I was absolutely delighted to read your article in response to Ms Kennedy’s speech at the Democratic National Convention. I am not American but I did study in your great land. I think it’s still great but its strength depends on people like you 🙂 The America I knew has changed much and although I’m not American I really cannot stand Obama 😦 Ah, but I digress. Thank you for reminding me that we as Catholics not only in America but WORLDWIDE have to wake up. Yes I did need to hear that the Church is the INSTRUMENT OF GOD. Unfortunately, some of us (and even me at times) want the Church to change to suit our own whims and un-Catholic ideas. I abhor abortion and same sex marriage and I am really tired of hearing from too many who stand for these evil practices. In this age, it has become the norm to think that supporting these terrible practices has become equated with supporting the individual’s freedom. Freedom however, is a very complex issue which to me can be made simple: to think and act differently is not wrong, but whenever freedom takes precedence over righteousness, it is not freedom we are supporting anymore. God bless!

  11. Ester le Roux

    August 12, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    I love your open letter to Cardinal Dolan. This is so… so wonderfully, originally woman-like, who pleads and argues courageously. You remind me of the “feminine genius” that
    Pope JPII describes in “Witness to Hope” by George Wiegel. All the best! God bless you and your family! And your country!

  12. LaVon

    June 16, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Dear Jennifer,

    I am so glad I found your blog. We are also a military homeschooling family. God bless you as you strive to do His work in this world. Your writing is like a breath of fresh air that helps bring clarity to otherwise chaotic situations.

    LaVon in Orlando

  13. Linda

    April 28, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    Jennifer, I Thank you for a wonderful article! May God give this article Godspeed to plant the seeds in many, to start the conversation, uncover dignity and promote selfrespect. Through Jesus Christ our Savior!

  14. Bill Sr.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    My tribute to you and your work.

    When Adam was in paradise with all of nature at his disposal he knew he was not complete. God must have wanted him to come to this conclusion and tested his judgment and selectivity. Nothing on earth suited him and it was up to the creator Himself to establish the perfect mate for him. Someone who would compliment his nature and enable him to be the crowning earthly creature the Creator desired.
    It is safe to say that women originally and unto this day have provided the “link” needed by man to reach the heights of human perfection designed for him. Yes, thank heaven for little girls and the wonderful mothers they can become, like our savior’s mother, Mary Queen of Heaven.

  15. Louantha Kerr

    March 20, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Need to finalize event schedule. Please email or call, 757-966-7950

  16. Louantha Kerr

    March 14, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    If you live anywhere near Hampton Roads, VA would you be interested in speaking at our Stand Up for Religious Freedom Rally in Norfolk? It’s part of a nationwide rally effort on Friday, March 23 at noon to protest the Obama regime and it’s latest unconstitutional mandate, a direct assault on religious freedom, as guaranteed by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
    You write so truthfully and forcefully. It would be an honor to have you join us. Please check the website, If you aren’t in our area, there may be another rally near you. At last count, more than 100 cities had organized rallies.

  17. Shelly Stone

    March 14, 2012 at 10:49 AM

    will my conversations show up on facebook now? Don’t want that to happen

  18. Shelly Stone

    March 14, 2012 at 10:48 AM

    I have searched for a good Catholic blog and have never joined one before but I love the title and would love to think of myself as a modern day Deborah. I am also a retired Army wife and a convert to the church. Glad to meet you !

    • catholicmoxie

      March 14, 2012 at 11:57 PM

      Nice to meet you, too! Thanks for coming by!

  19. lisa

    January 11, 2012 at 3:41 PM

    Wow, this is great, my thoughts and concerns exactly!!!! Let’s lead these people! And Joan of Arc in there too!

  20. Anastasia Terreri

    September 3, 2011 at 10:54 AM

    May I use excerpts of your posts in an art project of mine for school?


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