Author Archive: Chelsea Houghton

Chelsea Houghton is editor of Restless Press, as well as a columnist for Catholic Stand, Ignitum Today and NZ Catholic.
a 27 year old mother who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children under the age of five. She has a Media and Communications degree from the University of Canterbury and in the past has worked for the Journey of the Cross and Icon for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team and running the Theology of the Body for Teens programme and training to various groups.

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Marriage Formation: Synod Priority?

Marriage Formation: Synod Priority?

[ 4 ] October 11, AD 2014 |

Marriage. A journey with the person you love, giving yourself freely, without reservation, in a life giving relationship for the rest of your lives. A marital relationship is the essence of what a family is based on, and a family is the building block of society. Professional development. The acquisition of skills and knowledge, for […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

Desperately Seeking Community

[ 2 ] July 19, AD 2014 |

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness.  Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my […]

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So Much Time and So Little to Do

So Much Time and So Little to Do

[ 3 ] June 20, AD 2014 |

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.”  – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean, food to prepare, a few projects on the go, people to see or call, things […]

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A Letter to Silence and Solitude

A Letter to Silence and Solitude

[ 2 ] May 24, AD 2014 |

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our time together has been invaded by four sweet and energetic children who are under the […]

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Witnessing to the World

Witnessing to the World

[ 3 ] March 29, AD 2014 |

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today’s world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks “How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?” The answer: faith is caught. Our interactions with others, the pope says, “need […]

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Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

[ 3 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for me, but […]

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The Secrets to Happiness

The Secrets to Happiness

[ 5 ] February 1, AD 2014 |

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really ‘lived’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we […]

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The Importance of Life Media

The Importance of Life Media

[ 3 ] September 14, AD 2013 |

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being”pro-choice” is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while we as pro-lifers have to well explain our side of the debate. A side that once heard out, often changes hearts and minds towards […]

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What does Faith mean to you?

What does Faith mean to you?

[ 7 ] August 17, AD 2013 |

In the Year of Faith I was asked by my local Catholic newspaper to write about what faith means to me. Here’s my thoughts: Faith to me is life. In our world today, particularly in my peer group, faith I think can be seen as an optional extra, even something that you don’t need at […]

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Let Go and Let God

Let Go and Let God

[ 2 ] July 20, AD 2013 |

Lately I”ve suffered from writer”s block. I have no inspiration for what I”m most passionate about and normally makes me feel better – putting words together. My Catholic writer”s block I”ve found stems from one thing. Spiritual desolation. Part of the ups and downs of every day faith life. It might be resultingВ from lack of […]

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Abnegation

Abnegation

[ 3 ] June 21, AD 2013 |

Abnegation. To be honest until recently I had no idea what that word meant. And probably not surprisingly since it is an idea that isn’t common in our modern culture. Abnegation is self-denial. It seems that in popular culture the closest that abnegation creeps into our lives is when someone says “oh no, I can’t eat […]

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World Youth Day: Time of your Eternal Life

World Youth Day: Time of your Eternal Life

[ 0 ] May 25, AD 2013 |

It is not long to go until World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And what a World Youth Day it will be. The first World Youth Day with a new pope, a South American pope, and in South America. Many younger generation Catholics have an experience of World Youth Day. The World Youth Day […]

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Reasons to be Open to Motherhood

Reasons to be Open to Motherhood

[ 0 ] May 12, AD 2013 |

In honour of Mother’s Day… A fellow writer recently asked somebody to write something positive about motherhood. She said “Some of us not-yet-moms are scared of motherhood because all we hear is that you’re miserable and debilitated for nine months, then have a day of the most excruciating pain ever, then you don’t sleep for […]

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How is your Prayer Life?

How is your Prayer Life?

[ 2 ] April 8, AD 2013 |

“Accustom yourself to pray this way and, God grant, soon you will nurture true prayer in yourself. Then there will be no need for rules. Labour, or nothing will come of you. If there is no success in prayer, then there will be no success in anything. It is the root of everything.” – St […]

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Loaves, Fishes and God and his Works

Loaves, Fishes and God and his Works

[ 3 ] March 31, AD 2013 |

Early in my “Catholic Career” (I became a Catholic in my late teens) I was given a book by my spiritual director that changed my life. Its ‘The Book’ – the spiritual work that every now and then you need to flick through to set you back on track when you’ve gone off on a […]

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Are We on Earth for our Enjoyment?

Are We on Earth for our Enjoyment?

[ 2 ] January 1, AD 2013 |

I’ve been reading a book of the letters of Blessed Zélie Martin titled A Call to a Deeper Love. There’s much I could say about her and her writing, but one thing that has stuck with me is: We’re not on this earth for our enjoyment. Those who expect to enjoy life are very wrong […]

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