Tweeting While in the Adoration Chapel…

[ 2 ] December 20, AD 2014 |
Tweeting While in the Adoration Chapel…

I was in the adoration chapel and I had an urge to tweet. I was so enthralled by Fr. Robert Barron’s eloquence on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas that I couldn’t hold it in. I just, couldn’t help myself, I HAD to project this moment of celestial clarity through the closest means digital evangelization […]

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What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

[ 0 ] December 19, AD 2014 |
What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

$30,000. 3 days. We had 3 days to raise $30,000, and I had no idea how we would pull it off. It was my senior year at Franciscan University, and I was blessed to be co-leading a mission to Ecuador that is so near to my heart. Plane tickets were beyond expensive that year, and […]

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Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

[ 0 ] December 18, AD 2014 |
Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

Standing in line for confession recently, waiting to pour out to Christ all my mothering failures, I wondered for the hundredth time how the Blessed Mother did it. How did she raise a toddler without sinning? The constant demands of my children on my time, love, energies, and patience often wears me to the breaking […]

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The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

[ 0 ] December 17, AD 2014 |
The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

When it comes to revising old hymn texts, I am typically a curmudgeon. I find excision as it is usually practiced a patronizing exercise in turning gorgeous old texts into meaningless drivel that avoids supposedly difficult or archaic words. Such excision includes but is not limited to: half-inclusivization of language and the removal of all […]

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The Power of Tradition

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |
The Power of Tradition

My husband and I are currently navigating our way through our first holiday season as a married couple. Many life lessons learned, many tears of frustration shed, and I’m sure there will be more. There have also been many moments of joy, laughter, and peace, and I know there will be more of those as […]

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The Beauty of the Season

[ 1 ] December 16, AD 2014 |
The Beauty of the Season

“This season is not about all the stuff, this season is about a promise that what God says God will do, He will do. Even if He says I’m gonna send a Savior – and it takes 700 years for that promise to come true – God is gonna do what God says He’s gonna […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2014 |
Why I Got Married in a Church

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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To The Mothers In Church

[ 0 ] December 15, AD 2014 |
To The Mothers In Church

Dear Moms who bring their kids to daily Mass, Church, adoration, and other church-ly activities, Thanks. Thanks for being an inspiration to women like me who are getting ready to start our own little screaming, crying, talk-whenever-they-want, make-all-kinds-of-bodily-noises brood. The fact that you bring your one (or seven, or somewhere in between) children to daily […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2014 |
Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

[ 2 ] December 13, AD 2014 |
Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase their medical assistance by 500%, offering healthcare […]

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A Servant’s Heart

[ 1 ] December 12, AD 2014 |
A Servant’s Heart

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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Helpful Advent Links

[ 2 ] December 11, AD 2014 |
Helpful Advent Links

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. I become extremely excited when Advent is coming, and love observing it by wearing my purple “Advent scarves,” painting my nails to mirror the Advent wreath, and putting up my La Posada statue in my room. Unfortunately, during my first year of college Advent passed me by before I […]

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What’s Keeping You from Becoming a Saint?

[ 7 ] December 10, AD 2014 |
What’s Keeping You from Becoming a Saint?

Bigger is always better. That’s the maxim of our culture. From our vehicles to our buildings, from our paychecks to our television screens, we are never satisfied with our possessions and want more, searching for meaning in a chaotic world. Even our heroes are the people who have made it big, whether on the silver […]

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Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

[ 6 ] December 10, AD 2014 |
Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

Martyrdom confounds the modern mind… and how could it not? Living in an age of religious skepticism and scientism, we “enlightened” Westerners are unable to speak the same language or see the same world as the martyr, who found himself or herself unable to abandon their God to purchase comfort and well-being. What are we suppose to […]

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Hope in Season

[ 1 ] December 9, AD 2014 |
Hope in Season

What does it mean to have hope? I keep returning to this question in my many musings. There are, in a sense, two mistakes which we often make about hope, namely that any optimist is a hopeful person and that no pessimist may be. A hopeful optimist is not a tautology, nor is a hopeful […]

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Jesus and Motherhood: Feeding the Masses

[ 2 ] December 8, AD 2014 |
Jesus and Motherhood: Feeding the Masses

Jesus summoned his disciples and said, “My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way.” The disciples said to him, “Where could we […]

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