Parish Life on a Mil...

Military families tend to make friends quickly. When deployments and PCS’s loom large, wasting time isn’t an option. You have to make yourself available and actively seek out relationships, or you risk many years of loneliness in places far from home. Although we’ve only been living the...

Feasting for Grinches Dec28

Feasting for Grinche...

A monk friend of ours likes to complain, jokingly, about the incredible inconvenience of the Liturgy of the Hours. When you are feeling bright and chipper, you are bound to end up chanting songs of gloom, doom and lament. When you are sporting your Eeyore-shaped glasses and life seems grim,...

Marriage Isn’t...

A few weeks ago, an article titled “Marriage Isn’t For You” popped up all over my newsfeed. Of course, I clicked because when I want to do something well, I read about it. We’re three years into our marriage and I still read every scrap of matrimonial advice I can lay my hands on,...

Do(n’t) be Lik...

A common methodological error of novice apologists is proof-texting (yes, Catholic apologists are just as guilty of this fallacy as our Protestant brethren). Proof-texting can go one of three ways: Pick a single Scripture verse, pull it out of the context, and use it to prove a theological...

Advent is for Mercy

The Church, our Mother, knows that we need two seasons of discipline. Lent is for justice. Lent is when the hands of the Divine shake us from our sinful stupor. Lent is for chastisement – a face-to-face encounter with the cost of Love. We hear the Lord’s reproach on Good Friday and feel...

The Other Cafeteria ...

Lest you think I’m writing about the “other” cafeteria Catholic as one standing in judgment, I want to give you a little back story. I grew up in a bona fide bonnet-wearing, “in the world but not of it” Christian cult. While its members were salt of the earth, the leadership was...

Family Needs Prayers

Adam McArthur is a husband, a father, and a faithful Catholic.  He was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer which has been rated as stage three.  He and his wife Vanessa have three young boys.  In this show, we hear from Adam as he tells his story of hope and faith.  Please keep this...

Five Things

This article originally appeared at Finding Great Joy as part of Cynthia’s wonderful mother-to-mother series. Please take a moment to stop by Finding Great Joy and read through the archives. Cynthia has many beautiful and encouraging words for women striving to be holier wives and...

The Other Cafeteria ...

If you travel in Catholic circles for long enough, you’ll encounter those people at some point. You know, the aunt who only goes to Mass on Easter and Christmas. The couple who loudly dare the old man in Rome to try and enter their bedroom. Doesn’t he know most Catholics use birth...

You’re Insane

For months, I sat in the dark in the middle of the night nursing our sleepless baby and watching Insanity infomercials. There was nothing else on at 2 am. Motherhood taught me that early morning television is a vapid wasteland of mind rot. Who knew? I was inspired. My atrophied, postpartum...

Lest We Forget

I had another post all set to go for today, then I looked at the calendar and realized I had forgotten. Today is September 11th. On this day, eleven years ago, the country watched in horror as the Pentagon caught flame and the World Trade Center was reduced to a pile of rubble. The media...

The Birth of a Perso...

It only takes 10 minutes to an hour or three to push a baby into this world. It may seem like an eternity to the mother, but it is precious little time to entirely adjust your worldview. Though my husband and I prayed for, talked with and sang to our son Peter through his 39 weeks and 3 days...

Morality in Medicine: An Interview with Paul Fox, M.D. Jul25

Morality in Medicine...

The Church provides a framework for a physician that is marvelously adapted to the realities of life and death. No-one would want to prescribe drugs without standard doses. Why would anyone want to operate in such a morally fraught field as medicine without a standard of conduct?

Don’t Wait

The contributors here at Ignitum Today have been chatting a lot lately about improving our singles’ section. The idea is to give more attention, encouragement and support to young Catholics who are searching for a spouse. Honestly, though, I haven’t the foggiest idea what to offer...

Overcoming Envy

There are “tidy” sins we mothers contend with — sloth that keeps us from cleaning the play room for the millionth time, impatience and the occasional swear word. Then there are the sins that fester, wound our hearts and disrupt the peace at home. In my first few months of...