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Author Archive: Amy Atkinson

Amy Atkinson is a lifelong member of the Diocese of Arlington located in Northern Virginia. She is active in several of the diocese's young adult programs and has worked with many Catholic organizations throughout the DC/Metro area including Endow and Birthright, focusing primarily on ministry for young women.

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The Holy Imperfect Woman

June 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Holy Imperfect Woman

If you’re a woman, I’m willing to bet that you have struggled with trying to be some definition of “perfect” at one point or another.  In secular society, it’s easy to see how rampant female perfectionism is. So many of us strive to attain the perfect body, find the perfect job, or be the perfect […]

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Purity of Heart

April 15, AD 2016 2 Comments
Purity of Heart

“Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.” – Matthew 5:8 For most of my life I thought that the “purity of heart” line from Matthew was just a reminder to practice chastity in romantic relationships. In fact, it seemed like that was the standard line of thinking for most young Christian […]

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Lessons From The Desert

February 19, AD 2016 3 Comments
Lessons From The Desert

“To receive the grace of God, you must go into the desert and stay awhile.” – Blessed Charles de Foucauld Every Christian must enter the desert at one point or another. It’s a seemingly dry, empty space where we feel lost, confused, heartbroken, or like God is nowhere to be found. I have lived in […]

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Your Vocation Is To Love

January 25, AD 2016 2 Comments
Your Vocation Is To Love

I’ve noticed that so many young Catholics have an inordinate amount anxiety about their vocations. I definitely put myself into this category. When I understood that my vocation was to the married life, it felt like I spent every waking moment worrying about it. Was this particular person “The One”? Was this other particular person […]

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Christmas: The Fulfillment of Our Deepest Desires

December 26, AD 2015 2 Comments
Christmas: The Fulfillment of Our Deepest Desires

If God has ever left you feeling the weight of an unmet desire, you understand how agonizing the emptiness can feel. It’s an excruciating type of pain, especially felt during the four weeks of Advent where we are asked to wait, long, and hope even more. During this beautiful liturgical season, it seems that that void within us […]

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The Surest Path to Joy Is Living the Law of the Gift

December 2, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Surest Path to Joy Is Living the Law of the Gift

“The human being, who is the only creature on earth that God willed for itself, cannot attain its full identity except through a disinterested gift of self.” (Gaudium et spes, 24). One of the hallmarks of St. John Paul the Great’s teachings is the “Law of the Gift”, the paradox that the more of ourselves […]

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The Beauty of the Cross

October 19, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Beauty of the Cross

Last month, we celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross; the day in which the Church venerates the cross of Christ as a necessary instrument for our salvation. Some might see the cross as a morbid reminder of the depravity of man or a violent and unnecessary display of Christ’s passion and […]

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