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Author Archive: J.R. Baldwin

J.R. Baldwin is the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum Today. A former statehouse reporter, she teaches history for a classical school and writes for The Imaginative Conservative. She blogs at The Corner With A View, and tweets from @thejulieview. A Midwesterner by birth, she lives out East with her husband and bebes.

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NFP as a Mama of Three

July 31, AD 2016 2 Comments
NFP as a Mama of Three

It’s the end of NFP Awareness Week, so I’m going to throw in a few cents as a mama with three kids under three. Natural Family Planning is getting to know the woman’s fertility through various means (mucus, hormone monitor, basal thermometer, etc.) and then, making a decision about when to have sex in order […]

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They Call Today “Good”

March 25, AD 2016 2 Comments
They Call Today “Good”

Every Triduum, starting with Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday, I re-read T.S. Eliot’s “The Four Quartets”. It is four of his best poems, and for anyone who only knows his poetry ala in “The Hollow Man” or “The Wasteland” (critiques of modernity, not praise), his words may be surprising. For instance, it is in “East […]

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Book Review: The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition)

August 21, AD 2015 2 Comments
Book Review: The Thrill of the Chaste (Catholic Edition)

The Thrill of the Chaste:Finding Fulfillment While Keeping Your Clothes On by Dawn Eden Ave Maria Press, $15.95 One gets the idea that a fruit of the Spirit needs better PR when even practicing Catholics seem skeptical of the topic of chastity. Whenever I mentioned reading Dawn Eden’s newest book (an updated Catholic version of […]

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Review: A.D. The Bible Continues Companion Books

June 28, AD 2015 3 Comments
Review: A.D. The Bible Continues Companion Books

Until the end of July, everyone can watch A.D. The Bible Continues – and what better way to engage the Bible but through a visual representation? A.D. The Bible Continues (NBC) is a dramatization of the first ten chapters of Acts, and starts with Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. The episodes are produced by Roma Downey (Touched by an […]

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Internet Ire and Righteous Results

February 6, AD 2015 5 Comments
Internet Ire and Righteous Results

The readings for February 6, 2015: First reading: HEB 13:1-8 Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 3, 5, 8B-9ABC Alleluia: LK 8:15 Gospel: MK 6:14-29 There is a lot of hostility being generated in the online worlds. I teach my history students that this is the result of fear. Fear prompts a tongue lashing, or a dismissing of people and ideas. Fear […]

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A Servant’s Heart

December 12, AD 2014 2 Comments
A Servant’s Heart

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

July 25, AD 2014 1 Comment
Love is Patient, Love is Kind

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

June 27, AD 2014 1 Comment
Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast was requested in reparation for the ingratitude for the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This feast day also means we can eat meat today (Canon 1251), which is another reason to rejoice. I have a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of […]

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Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

June 3, AD 2014 3 Comments
Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the latest book by Joe Paprocki, a national consultant […]

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Daily Readings: Your Grief Will Become Joy

May 30, AD 2014 0 Comments
Daily Readings: Your Grief Will Become Joy

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter mass readings The responsorial response sets the tone for today’s readings: “God is king of all the earth.” The first readings in Acts, Paul passed on a message from the Lord: ““Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you. No one […]

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When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

April 3, AD 2014 2 Comments
When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

Life, in all its glory, is pretty messy. Sin skips and trips us through life as we try to be faithful and nothing halts us up more than the compare and contrast game. You know the game: Why did she do that? Can you believe he said that? I would never… You would never… lie or cheat, commit […]

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When Dating Is Hard

March 7, AD 2014 9 Comments
When Dating Is Hard

First, there is the question of meeting someone. And if you meet a person you like so much, and maybe they like you too, the bigger questions start to emerge. Our short-term selves may want to be in a relationship, but our long-term selves need to consider the investment dating requires of each of us. […]

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Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

September 20, AD 2013 1 Comment
Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to progressive radio and keeps up on […]

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Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

August 23, AD 2013 2 Comments
Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

Anything worth knowing begins with a question. ‎Philosopher Etienne Gibson wrote, “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” I like asking questions, so perhaps I’m sympathetic towards the doubters of this world. I like to see them as truth-seekers, […]

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Don't Feed the Angels

August 3, AD 2013 10 Comments
Don't Feed the Angels

An important thing to remember about angels is that they are terrifying. I am not sure when angels started to be domesticated, but nearly every time one appears in the Bible, the humans are frightened. So much so that angels had to start saying phrases like, “Fear not!” and “Do not be afraid, for you […]

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