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Author Archive: AnneMarie Miller

AnneMarie Miller is a quirky, spontaneous woman who loves the excitement and adventure that each day brings. She also greatly enjoys making weird analogies that intertwine the Catholic Faith and everyday life. A recent college graduate, she currently lives in the Midwest with her husband, where she spends her days blogging, avoiding housework, freelance writing, and reading good books. You can hear about her adventures and contact AnneMarie through her blog, Sacrifice of Love (http://marianninja.blogspot.com).

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Can You Teach a Preschooler About the Summa? A Review of Tiny Thomists

March 30, AD 2017 3 Comments
Can You Teach a Preschooler About the Summa? A Review of Tiny Thomists

There’s a struggle that I experience when trying to teach young children about the Catholic faith. I want to teach little kids about God’s love, but I would like to take lessons beyond “God made the flowers and the birds and he made you!” This isn’t a bad lesson (it’s actually very important), but I think it is […]

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What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

March 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

Ash Wednesday is a fairly busy day in many places. People cram into churches and receive ashes in the form of a cross (or a big blob, depending on who is distributing them) on their foreheads. Many churches offer small midday services with readings from Scripture and a distribution of ashes for people who cannot […]

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When We Try to Touch God

March 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
When We Try to Touch God

Nearly every Sunday, I see it happen: During the Sign of Peace, parishioners near me smile and reach over to shake my baby’s hand. They peer at my him, trying to make eye contact and perhaps be rewarded with a toothy baby smile. I continue to see this fascination when I go on walks or […]

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Let Yourself Be Moved

January 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Let Yourself Be Moved

Every January, pro-life marches and events are held across the country. We talk about abortion in our parishes and homes, and we eagerly attend special Masses that are held to pray for the sanctity of all human life. We look at the adorable babies in our midst and, spurred on by a passion for life, […]

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Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

December 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

During Advent and Christmas, I often think of the Holy Family. I look at the poor and homeless in my community in relation to Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Glancing at manger scenes, I contemplate the poverty of the Holy Family, and the impoverished in my community. I ponder their flight […]

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Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

November 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

My small feet stepped across the sidewalk and my blue eyes widened as I took in the sights and sounds of Times Square. I had seen this bustling hub of activity often on television or in movies, but this time, I was visiting it myself. Today, many years later, I can still remember the awe […]

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Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

October 2, AD 2016 0 Comments
Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

God, in His merciful goodness and abundant love, assigned an angel to protect and help me as I stumble awkwardly towards Heaven. Furthermore, God has assigned a guardian angel to each person, which we know from both Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you […]

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My Calling: To Live Like the Samaritan

September 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
My Calling: To Live Like the Samaritan

“A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.” ~Lk 10:30 With intrigue and suspense, Jesus narrates the story of the Good Samaritan in the Gospel of Luke. I cannot count how many times I have heard this tale. […]

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Not Just for Nerds: Why We Should Read Encyclicals

August 8, AD 2016 2 Comments
Not Just for Nerds: Why We Should Read Encyclicals

When I was a high school student, my classmates and I often had to participate in large discussions called “Socratic Seminars.” In preparation for these seminars, our teachers would assign reading material that often was lengthy, such as several pages of a papal encyclical. On the day of the seminar, in order to gain full credit for […]

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Are We Making Peace a Priority?

July 11, AD 2016 3 Comments
Are We Making Peace a Priority?

I am a recovering control freak. For much of my life, I would be anxious about the future. I would succumb to stress or overthink various matters and circumstances. My heart would be full of questions, and I would wonder or worry about people or events beyond my control. Not only that, but I would […]

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Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

June 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Learning to Love the Liturgy of the Word

For much of my life, I did not think that the Liturgy of the Word was that important. The Scripture readings felt like a warm-up, a time to mentally prepare myself for the rest of Mass. Since the Gospel speaks about Jesus, and was always far more interesting—and easy to understand—than any exhortation from Deuteronomy […]

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Evangelizing the Lost and Hurting Catholics: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “Filling Our Father’s House”

May 16, AD 2016 2 Comments
Evangelizing the Lost and Hurting Catholics: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “Filling Our Father’s House”

Why should we care about apathetic Catholics? Throughout the world, there are many Catholics who have grown disinterested in the faith. They have no desire to further their devotion. At times they stop practicing the faith altogether, especially after negative experiences with priests or parishes. Yet, despite the fact that so many of these apathetic […]

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A Compassionate Saint for Our Times: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “St. Robert Bellarmine”

April 18, AD 2016 2 Comments
A Compassionate Saint for Our Times: A Review of Shaun McAfee’s “St. Robert Bellarmine”

At just ninety pages, Shaun McAfee’s recent volume, St. Robert Bellarmine (Proving Press, 2016), may not seem very significant at first glance. Yet, created in commemoration for the fiftieth anniversary of St. Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church, this book is packed with many wonderful insights. In a straightforward manner, McAfee introduces the reader to one of […]

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3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Holy Week

March 21, AD 2016 0 Comments
3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Holy Week

The end is in sight! Some of us may have persevered relentlessly with our Lenten practices, and others may have struggled a bit here and there (I am part of the latter group). No matter where you fall, though, you can still finish this liturgical season with a renewed vigor as Easter draws near. Instead of bouncing directly […]

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The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

February 22, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Chair of St. Peter and the Gift of the Papacy

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, an occasion that has been marked since approximately the fourth century. While a physical “Chair of Peter” remains in the Vatican, today’s feast commemorates more than a revered relic. As Pope Benedict XVI said during his papal audience on February 19, 2012: […]

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