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Author Archive: Jennifer Mazzara

Jennifer Mazzara has been a Catholic for 26 years, and a blogger for 6. She is a mother of two beautiful little men and shares her daytime with them playing with trains or just watching the world go by outside our door. Her big man is in the United States Marine Corps, and her family's life in the the military couldn't be more blessed. She blogs at Midnight Radio.

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Virtuous Peds?

August 14, AD 2012 26 Comments
Virtuous Peds?

“My sexuality has never been the central part of my life,” says Devin. “It kind of remains in a box inside my head but never controls me, and I go about my life.”  These are sad and lonely words, the words of a man who admits to a lifelong sexual attraction to children.  I read […]

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Still Trying

June 8, AD 2012 6 Comments
Still Trying

Eventually, they tell me, the emotions will fall in line with the will.  That is, if you decide to “go forth and do” a thing when you don’t feel like it, somewhere along the line you’ll eventually start feeling like it after all.  The emotions are trainable.  The soft underbelly of human nature will get […]

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404 Error

May 11, AD 2012 3 Comments
404 Error

My brain is not in the least interested in our symposium topic this week.  The address for “mercy” + “forgiveness” + “killing” NOT “animals” was not found. Like any good writer, I hunted around for input, hoping to get some ideas about either mercy or killing.  According to my mom friends, every mother’s life “is […]

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Speed of Life

April 13, AD 2012 2 Comments
Speed of Life

That’s a catchy, clever little phrase. “The speed of life.” David Bowie used it for a song. I think there was a movie. I don’t have a particularly strong grasp of reality at the moment, though.  Writing coherently has slipped way, way down on my list of priorities–right after things like ‘wax the cat’ and […]

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The Cookie Monster

January 20, AD 2012 12 Comments
The Cookie Monster

As usual, a great and heated debate has cropped up over what appears to be a pretty innocent situation.  A little girl in a funky green outfit arrives at your door, knocks, hands over a trifold, glossy, full-color form, and pipes, “Dooywanna buy some Girl Scout Cookies??” And your heart goes, “Aww, she’s so little.” […]

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Living the Life

January 5, AD 2012 2 Comments
Living the Life

I’ve found a little group really living out the Christian life–going outside themselves and giving to others.  It’s a pleasure to see people making their everyday actions purposeful, and a pleasure to watch the joy that grows in their life as the “hundredfold reward” comes rushing back.  Mothers make their home and hearth a gift […]

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Red Carded

October 13, AD 2011 5 Comments
Red Carded

The game is life.  The crime?  Having a large family.  Modern culture isn’t particularly family friendly, in a whole host of ways, and in the shuffle between living and surviving, large families are getting “benched” because they can’t perform up to standard…or worse, because their behavior is considered a crime. Why?  Why do we penalize […]

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Donning the Liturgical Apron

September 12, AD 2011 7 Comments
Donning the Liturgical Apron

My thanks to the blogosphere, which takes sufficiently little notice of me to complain when this post wasn’t published on time…three.  weeks.  ago.  Hurricane Irene came and took our internet, then Labor Day took me visiting family, and yesterday saw me still recovering from the effects of a fabulous Catholic wedding and the party which […]

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Thrift, Justice, and the American Way

August 21, AD 2011 6 Comments
Thrift, Justice, and the American Way

My husband, patient soul, is not a big fan of documentaries.  They’re often dull, they’re seldom short, and they’re typically liberal.  (Why is it, for example, that the punchline of every documentary made since 1996, regardless of topic, boils down to “stop having babies, because we’re killing the planet!”  Bah, humbug.) Still, I enjoy them, […]

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Spes et Mutatio

August 16, AD 2011 1 Comment
Spes et Mutatio

Some of our contributors are off in the wilds of Spain this week, taking part in World Youth Day.  We heard from Trista on Monday, and Marc is posting (with video) all through the week at Bad Catholic.  It’s great fun, as a stay-at-home-pilgrim, to watch the joy and excitement of those lucky young people […]

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