Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

[ 1 ] November 26, AD 2014 |
Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

The Taize Community of France, known for their rhythmic hymns, which encourage contemplation on lines from scripture, has a beautiful chant paraphrasing from Jesus’ prayer in the Garden before his arrest.  They hymn repeats: “Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.” This exhortation from Jesus is similar to how […]

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The Loss of the Orphan

[ 1 ] November 25, AD 2014 |
The Loss of the Orphan

I have been living in fear. I have been fearful that God will take away the things I love – my children, my husband, family – if I trust in Him wholeheartedly. Logically, it makes sense concerning my history. In the past ten years I’ve lost my mom, left my home, left my new home […]

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T. S. Eliot and the Widow’s Mite

[ 2 ] November 24, AD 2014 |
T. S. Eliot and the Widow’s Mite

It was with great excitement a few weeks ago that I began reading “T. S. Eliot: An Imperfect Life,” by Lyndall Gordon. It would be hard to overstate the importance of Eliot’s words on my life and thoughts over the last few years. I would go so far as to say that no other poet […]

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Should All Catholics Homeschool?

[ 17 ] November 22, AD 2014 |
Should All Catholics Homeschool?

My facebook feed lit up the other night after I re-posted this little ditty about homeschooling. I must admit, I wasn’t ready for the breadth and depth that the combox would supply. But, as is custom when the trademark blue facebook bar bears the resemblance of the first layer of flame on the wick, I […]

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Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2014 |
Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

It is no secret that the Church has experienced a shortage of religious vocations in the last two decades. It is also no secret that our seminaries are now beginning to overflow. There is definitely a shift coming as many young people become more open to and respond to the call of Jesus to follow Him in this […]

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Waking Up to Your Vocation

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2014 |
Waking Up to Your Vocation

“Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing…” As a mom to a toddler and a preschooler, I spend a lot of time listening to “kids’ songs.” So it isn’t surprising that I was thinking about the words to “Frere Jacques” the other day.  In the English translation most of us sing about how “morning […]

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Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

[ 1 ] November 19, AD 2014 |
Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

I have always experienced the Rosary and its fruits as independent items, that is, when I meditate on the carrying of the Cross, I grow in the fruit of patience by exploring how patience corresponds to the act. I then move on to the Crucifixion and grow in fortitude as I contemplate His death. And […]

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Tired of the Fight

[ 3 ] November 18, AD 2014 |
Tired of the Fight

Once again, it seems that the most appropriate and timely thing to write about concerning the Church is Pope Francis. This time, it’s an apparent fight between him and Cardinal Raymond Burke, who is in apparent direct opposition to the Pope. Cardinal Burke, the narrative goes, is far too conservative to like Pope Francis, obviously […]

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Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |
Crawling to Heaven

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

[ 2 ] November 16, AD 2014 |
Making Your Home Parish “Home”

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

[ 3 ] November 14, AD 2014 |
Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

There’s an article doing the rounds on Social Media at the moment. It is titled “Why I Didn’t Invite Family Or Friends To My Wedding”. And that’s great. But here’s why I did invite family and friends (and lots of them, we come from big families) to my our wedding. After four years of dating, […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

[ 2 ] November 13, AD 2014 |
Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

[ 3 ] November 11, AD 2014 |
Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

While on retreat, a priest discussed the benefits of spiritual reading. He advised the retreatants to begin by reading authors whose name started with “St.”  We all smiled a bit and tried not to laugh, since it was a silent retreat. Yet there is great wisdom in these words, for the Saints can be great […]

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Parish Closures

[ 16 ] November 11, AD 2014 |
Parish Closures

The sad news that some 55 parishes in and around New York are going to be shuttered (or “merged” with other parishes) has been public for some time now. There are, no doubt, some people who are heartbroken by the news that their beloved parish is among those whose doors are closing. It is almost […]

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How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

[ 1 ] November 10, AD 2014 |
How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

Summer happens to be not a particularly favorite season of mine.  As a very fair skinned person, summer is a constant reminder of my need for sunscreen.  Lots of it. And often. I have never been the type to just ‘lay out’ in the sun for the day.  Recently I was needing an extra dose […]

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God’s Temples are Under Construction

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2014 |
God’s Temples are Under Construction

“Under Construction”—those were the words that greeted me as I arrived at my diaconal assignment this past summer. On account of the church’s renovation, Masses were held in the school gymnasium. This environment, perhaps, was not the most spiritually uplifting, but it was necessary in order to build a beautiful place of worship that would […]

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