About Julie Machado

Julie Machado Julie Machado is a 29-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.

Author Archives: Julie Machado

The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

April 20th, 2016 | by Julie Machado

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”

St. John Vianney and the Necessary

August 12th, 2015 | by Julie Machado

My husband and I know a wonderful priest, who we are blessed enough to call our spiritual director/confessor, who has

The Secret to Prioritizing

April 29th, 2015 | by Julie Machado

I feel like I have finally figured it out. I’ve been getting stressed out about to-do lists for years, but


March 4th, 2015 | by Julie Machado

Minimalism takes work and effort. It is an exercise of saying no to many things in order to focus on

Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

November 13th, 2014 | by Julie Machado

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large

Celebrate Mediocrity

September 17th, 2014 | by Julie Machado

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives?

Just Food Is Not Enough!

May 28th, 2014 | by Julie Machado

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby

Fast from Success

April 2nd, 2014 | by Julie Machado

If I look deep, I find my inner self hooked up to a drip IV of success. I heard once

Five Ideas for Lent

March 5th, 2014 | by Julie Machado

In case you are still needing some inspiration for Lent, here are some ideas you could find interesting. Lent isn’t

Families Support Each Other

January 8th, 2014 | by Julie Machado

A man shared with me recently that at his swimming competitions when he was a little boy, he would watch

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