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Author Archive: Julie Machado

Julie Machado is a 30-year-old wife, mother and Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal for college and has been there ever since. She has a degree in Theology from the Catholic University of Lisbon and has special interest in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.

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Writers, Keep Writing

November 25, AD 2016 1 Comment
Writers, Keep Writing

I saw a funny meme about writing, which said, “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet”: Vanity of all vanities Writing certainly seems like it takes a lot of self-discipline and effort. I type out all my articles and they never get written down so, being at the […]

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The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

April 20, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

God’s plan for us and His revelation that is passed down through the Church certainly touches on all human aspects of life, including politics, but is not a simple “left” or “right”.

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The Key to Happiness: Relationships

March 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Key to Happiness: Relationships

A while back a friend sent me a TED talk about a study on happiness. The results did not surprise me, but confirmed exactly what I’ve been pondering on for the past few years: relationships are what make us happy, their quality and quantity. I would add even more to that: relationships are what we […]

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Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

November 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
Noisy Children and Age Discrimination

We recently took our 1½-year-old daughter to Mass in a nearby convent and were asked… to leave. Of course, the kind sister asked in a polite way. She walked to the back of the chapel, where I was struggling to entertain our active toddler and said, “Julie, would you mind stepping out with her for […]

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Pope Francis, the Good Politician

November 4, AD 2015 16 Comments
Pope Francis, the Good Politician

Pope Francis is a celebrity, taking over mainstream magazines and news stations, generating talk all over the globe about his actions and the Catholic Church. Yet he is also an enigma, a wild card, a man full of surprises, something he has in common with Jesus. The Pope’s trip to the U.S., as expected, produced […]

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Faith on an Island…50 Years Ago

September 22, AD 2015 2 Comments
Faith on an Island…50 Years Ago

My mother is from the Azores Islands, which are part of the country of Portugal. They are a group of nine islands between Portugal and the United States, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. My mom is from São Jorge (Saint George), a rugged and beautiful island with about nine thousand inhabitants. Like […]

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St. John Vianney and the Necessary

August 12, AD 2015 1 Comment
St. John Vianney and the Necessary

My husband and I know a wonderful priest, who we are blessed enough to call our spiritual director/confessor, who has really shown us God’s unconditional support and love for us in recent times. What is most remarkable about this priest is his availability for people. He has a posted schedule of when he is in […]

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The Secret to Prioritizing

April 29, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Secret to Prioritizing

I feel like I have finally figured it out. I’ve been getting stressed out about to-do lists for years, but the last year (since I’ve had a baby), prioritizing has been particularly agonizing. I have been writing and rewriting lists of my priorities and wondering if I should just give up even trying to make […]

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No One Should Have to Feel Lonely

April 4, AD 2015 2 Comments
No One Should Have to Feel Lonely

No one should have to feel lonely. Maybe no one should also have to feel sad, hungry, or hurt, but I suppose this is our fallen nature and our fallen world. Loneliness is a prominent theme of Holy Week, where Jesus ultimately has to face the cross alone: lonely, abandoned by His friends, and in […]

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Minimalism

March 4, AD 2015 4 Comments
Minimalism

Minimalism takes work and effort. It is an exercise of saying no to many things in order to focus on saying yes to the important ones. It is well worth it since minimalism also brings many benefits to both body and soul. Lent is a season for minimalism, both inside and out. We are invited […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

November 13, AD 2014 2 Comments
Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Celebrate Mediocrity

September 17, AD 2014 0 Comments
Celebrate Mediocrity

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives? Every TV show from Biggest Loser to Master Chef is about competition, elimination and working hard toward the goal. Jesus also says “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48), so […]

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Natural Family Planning is Hard

August 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Natural Family Planning is Hard

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

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Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

June 25, AD 2014 3 Comments
Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

Here are some of my tips for eating as much as you want and never worrying about weight… it’s all just added cuteness. Make sure your ingredients are all natural. I make sure mine are not processed, not artificial, straight from the source and unaltered. Nature knows best I say. Have food and drink always […]

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Just Food Is Not Enough!

May 28, AD 2014 1 Comment
Just Food Is Not Enough!

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several routines for feeding and sleeping from newborn to one year. I made little “cheat sheets” of printed out routines, ready to go and ready to follow. However, I started becoming […]

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