Give it some time

[ 0 ] October 1, AD 2014 |
Give it some time

It seems like every announcement from Rome creates instant clash between different Catholics. One side is “See, Pope Francis is getting rid of the old guard.” The other side is “See, Pope Francis is getting rid of the old guard.” Time after time, I wait and see what time will tell, and time and again […]

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Babies R Us, Or, How I Realized That My Survival was a Miracle

[ 4 ] September 29, AD 2014 |
Babies R Us, Or, How I Realized That My Survival was a Miracle

Creating a baby registry at Babies R Us, can be something of a spiritual epiphany. As my wife and I approached the priestesses at the altar of customer service, we were greeted with joy, warmth, fellowship and unlimited knowledge-of-all-of-the-baby-things, which they promised to impart to us for absolutely free (for six months with financing!) The […]

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Beware what Crosses the Jordan

[ 1 ] September 28, AD 2014 |
Beware what Crosses the Jordan

The following was a reflection I prepared for my prayer group, but I am also indebted to them for some of the insights that followed. The following Scripture, from Joshua 7:1-9, sets the stage for this reflection. But the Israelites acted treacherously with regard to the ban; Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son […]

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Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

[ 1 ] September 26, AD 2014 |
Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

The human body is an amazing and very fascinating creation. Each organ has its purpose. Every fiber works toward a succinct system, or group of systems, that compose “life.” There is an anonymous quote that states, “No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” In a way, our bodies are […]

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An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

[ 1 ] September 25, AD 2014 |
An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

How do you judge good music? What are your standards? When do you know that you’ve encountered an incredible song or artist? One way I judge music is by its ability to snap me out of whatever I’m doing in the present moment and transport me to a different place, season, state, or memory. Really […]

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A Living, Changing Love

[ 3 ] September 25, AD 2014 |
A Living, Changing Love

I remember taking our frozen wedding cake out on our first anniversary, only to discover it was not the same cake we had put in the day after our wedding. The light, fluffy cream, the fresh fruit, and the delicate cake had not held up under the strain of twelve months in the seventh circle […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

[ 3 ] September 24, AD 2014 |
A Conversion of Individuals

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

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The Absurdity of Divine Love

[ 3 ] September 23, AD 2014 |
The Absurdity of Divine Love

“God was made man…If I could love a leper’s sores, couldn’t I love the boringness of Henry? But I’d turn from the leper if he were here, I suppose…I want the dramatic always. I imagine I’m ready for the pain of Your nails, and I can’t stand twenty-four hours of maps and Michelin guides. Dear […]

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A New Voice for the Church in Africa

[ 2 ] 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

[ 2 ] 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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