A New Voice for the Church in Africa

[ 0 ] September 22, AD 2014 |
A New Voice for the Church in Africa

A year and a half ago, my husband received a phone call that would change our lives. A priest friend of ours was starting a new project and he was building a team for it. Thus began our partnership with Father Maurice Emelu founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, and priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu […]

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Go Home and Love Your Family

[ 0 ] September 22, AD 2014 |
Go Home and Love Your Family

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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It’s OK to be Bored

[ 0 ] September 21, AD 2014 |
It’s OK to be Bored

There is a growing nemesis in the world today: Boredom. I’m bored, accompanied by a pathetic sigh, is something every parent, teacher, minister, or anyone, really, hates to hear. Boredom has inspired toy designers to figure out ways to occupy children, advertisers to write perfectly, entertaining commercials to keep viewers attention, teachers to plan elaborate lessons, […]

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There Are No ‘Gay’ People

[ 2 ] September 19, AD 2014 |
There Are No ‘Gay’ People

The words ‘hashtag’, ‘selfie’ and ‘tweep’ were among 150 new words added to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary this year, and with selfies being taken by everyone from Barack Obama to Pope Francis to Kim Kardashian, it’s little wonder this word is among those making the list. While the evolution of language has, with technology, become all […]

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Celebrate Mediocrity

[ 0 ] September 17, AD 2014 |
Celebrate Mediocrity

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives? Every TV show from Biggest Loser to Master Chef is about competition, elimination and working hard toward the goal. Jesus also says “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48), so […]

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The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

[ 1 ] September 17, AD 2014 |
The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we seek to help […]

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Faith and Mystery

[ 2 ] September 16, AD 2014 |
Faith and Mystery

“The things which we Christians embrace by divine faith, and which are not to be received except by divine faith, are humanly incredible. They are incredible for two reasons, two reasons paradoxically opposed: first, because they are so far above us, because they make it plain that God is remote, infinite, and mysterious beyond all […]

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The Votive Candles

[ 2 ] September 14, AD 2014 |
The Votive Candles

An elderly woman stands at the votive candle area and lights eight large candles. She says a prayer and then finds her place in the pew. On exiting the Church, a young girl, no more than ten years old, lights a small candle with her dad watching on. Her dad told her to say a […]

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The Cry of the Poor

[ 3 ] September 12, AD 2014 |
The Cry of the Poor

Warning: This article deals with infant death and parent grief. Recently Travis and I found ourselves at the hospital at the orthopedic surgeon’s office again. This time with a two day old baby whose left foot was twisted and deformed and needed to be set in a plaster cast. While there we met a little girl […]

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A God-Centered Romance

[ 5 ] September 11, AD 2014 |
A God-Centered Romance

“Choose someone God-fearing, and make God the center of your relationship.” When this advice was given in a talk for college students about dating and marriage, a girl in the audience asked, “If we’re going to be thinking of God all the time, how can our relationship be exciting?” The idea of a God-centered romance […]

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On Bodies, Relics, and Canonization

[ 2 ] September 10, AD 2014 |
On Bodies, Relics, and Canonization

Or: “Why We Need to Stop Fighting over Venerable Sheen’s Body” What would Venerable Sheen say about the public debate over the progression of his Cause for Canonization, and who gets his body? He would probably be unhappy with the amount of controversy, and the fact that the debate is publicized, especially since he tried […]

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

[ 1 ] September 10, AD 2014 |
ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Mary and Litanies and Titles, Oh My!

[ 2 ] September 9, AD 2014 |
Mary and Litanies and Titles, Oh My!

My niece sent me a text the other day that said, ‘Thanks auntie.’ Auntie. It’s a title that I carry with such pride. One of the greatest joys in my life is being able to help mold the character of my nieces and nephews. Each of us hold different titles. From mother to father, sister, brother, […]

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Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

[ 2 ] September 8, AD 2014 |
Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly resolve, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. […]

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The Field Hospital Church? Maybe Not.

[ 5 ] September 7, AD 2014 |
The Field Hospital Church? Maybe Not.

Healing Wounds Begins With Radical Love It’s a beautiful Autumn Sunday morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. The homily is over, the Creed has been professed, and the reader is nearly done with the prayers of the faithful. He gets to the fourth prayer, when he reads, “For women who have had suffered through the […]

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Seven Vices of Sporting Events

[ 13 ] September 7, AD 2014 |
Seven Vices of Sporting Events

I confess, I am an avid Packer fan; last year I went to the playoff game at Lambeau Field when the wind chill was 40 degrees below zero. I suppose you could call me a diehard. With this confession out in the air, the reflection I am about to share may shock some people. My […]

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