The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

[ 0 ] October 31, AD 2014 |
The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

Today is Reformation Day, the day that in 1517 Fr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle Church in Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation. As somebody who has stood firmly on ‘both sides’ of the Protestant/Catholic divide, I’ve never been more convinced that today is a day that ought to […]

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To Live and To Love

[ 0 ] October 28, AD 2014 |
To Live and To Love

By now you’ve probably heard of Brittany Maynard. She is a young woman who will be preemptively ending her life on November 1 through physician-assisted suicide. She said she wishes to spare her family and herself the pain and suffering that would lie ahead for them because of her brain cancer. Certainly this is a […]

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Keys

[ 1 ] October 27, AD 2014 |
Keys

I know a man, a very good and even holy man, whom I love dearly. This man has a curious and unassailable certainty that if he could just find the right question he would save the world. That is, if he can find a perfectly worded question with either a yes or no answer and […]

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Considerations About the Synod

[ 2 ] October 26, AD 2014 |
Considerations About the Synod

In light of the many articles and comments arising from the recent Synod on the Family, I would like to offer some thoughts on the topic at hand that may be helpful for others who are attempting to follow the news on this issue. In any academic setting, and even in every investigative setting, one […]

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What Can We Learn From Homosexual People?

[ 27 ] October 24, AD 2014 |
What Can We Learn From Homosexual People?

As Catholics, we take the good out of every situation, thought, or idea because the good is of God. If something is true, regardless of the origin, then we stake a claim on it from the God of Truth. When we see beauty, it participates in the beauty of God. It reminds me of St. […]

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The Attack on the Natural Woman

[ 5 ] October 23, AD 2014 |
The Attack on the Natural Woman

There has been a general trend in the air for a few years now, one that calls for a return to what is “natural:” natural foods, natural materials, natural cleaning products, you name it. Although advertisers have, as usual, taken great advantage of the trend and made some laughable “natural” products, it seems, in general, […]

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The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

[ 1 ] October 23, AD 2014 |
The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

This content was originally published at To the Heights and has been reformatted for the Ignitum Today readers! If you’re a faithful Catholic woman, chances are you’ve heard advice along the lines of, “Just be like Our Lady” more times than you can count. And if you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve silently responded, “What […]

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Catholic Canines

[ 4 ] October 22, AD 2014 |
Catholic Canines

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting […]

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Slow Down and Think

[ 2 ] October 21, AD 2014 |
Slow Down and Think

By the time this post will actually be present on the good old internet, the Synod on the Family currently taking place in Rome will have concluded. While it might to you, then, seem a bit dated for me to write a commentary on a Synod that is over and probably will have fallen out […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

[ 1 ] October 20, AD 2014 |
The Grace of Yes: A Review

The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you! Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life […]

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Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

[ 1 ] October 19, AD 2014 |
Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

Everyone likes to hear the words, “Thank you.” Here is why deep down we all recognize a personal God.

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Catholic Musician Eliot Morris

[ 1 ] October 18, AD 2014 |
Catholic Musician Eliot Morris

I first came across the artistry of Eliot Morris when I attended a talk by Matthew Kelly from Dynamic Catholic. In between Matthew’s intriguing prose, Eliot Morris graced our eardrums with his poetry and guitar strumming. Throughout the day, the two preached with incredible melody, so much so I couldn’t decide which one my soul […]

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Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

[ 3 ] October 18, AD 2014 |
Pope Francis Marrying Sinners Is No Surprise

Last month Pope Francis seemed to shock the world by marrying twenty couples in a ceremony at St Peter’s Basilica. Aside from the fact that Popes don’t get the opportunity to preside at weddings all that often, what provided the real shock value was that amongst the couples, some had cohabited, one had a child […]

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Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

[ 5 ] October 15, AD 2014 |
Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

Last week, a viral story started making the rounds about a young woman named Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. After an initial diagnosis of having possibly ten years left to live, her doctors later revised the estimation (in light of the severity of her cancer) to six months. […]

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Flawless or Holiness; What’s a Parent to Do?

[ 3 ] October 15, AD 2014 |
Flawless or Holiness; What’s a Parent to Do?

As a new parent, I have quickly noticed that everyone has an opinion about the best way to raise my child. Authors, other parents, parishioners, and even strangers on the street are quick to offer advice or criticism of my parenting. As if this were not enough, society tells parents that they are not smart […]

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Hawking and the Heavens

[ 12 ] October 14, AD 2014 |
Hawking and the Heavens

Chesterton once observed that men generally have two attitudes towards dogma: some consciously recognize their reliance upon it, and others attempt to deny that reliance. He concluded that, ironically, it is the latter who are ultimately the more dogmatic. I was reminded of this observation a few weeks ago [1], when I saw the latest […]

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