Author Archive: J.R. Baldwin

J.R. Baldwin is the Editor-in-chief at Ignitum Today. A former statehouse reporter and nanny, she is one of the three Bright Maidens, and is a regular contributor for The Mirror Magazine and The Imaginative Conservative. She blogs at The Corner With A View, and tweets from @thejulieview. A Midwesterner by birth, she lives in the South with her husband and bebe.

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A Servant’s Heart

A Servant’s Heart

[ 2 ] December 12, AD 2014 |

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

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

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

Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

[ 1 ] June 27, AD 2014 |

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

Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

[ 3 ] June 3, AD 2014 |

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

Daily Readings: Your Grief Will Become Joy

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

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!)

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

[ 2 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

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

When Dating Is Hard

[ 9 ] March 7, AD 2014 |

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?

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

[ 1 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

“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

Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

[ 2 ] August 23, AD 2013 |

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

Don't Feed the Angels

[ 10 ] August 3, AD 2013 |

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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Pro-Life Compassion

Pro-Life Compassion

[ 5 ] July 26, AD 2013 |

In the 2011 film Friends With Kids, two platonic friends decide to have a child together without the entanglements of marriage (which they saw as tearing their other friends’s relationships apart). A year or so after their child is born, Jason (the father) meets “The One” and at their initial meeting, he explains that yes, […]

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Proverbs 31: Woman of Action

Proverbs 31: Woman of Action

[ 5 ] September 28, AD 2012 |

There is a great fear among women that we are being under-appreciated. It’s not that we women want all the power; we just want credit for sharing it! In Amanda Mortus’s “To Be Used or Appreciated?”, she laments how tired a Proverbs 31 woman seems, and wishes more of those holy verses spoke intimately of […]

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Not So Complicated

Not So Complicated

[ 1 ] September 22, AD 2012 |

Flying home, the college lady next to me mentioned she was in a “complicated” relationship with someone back home. I smiled and said I’d been there. “Make sure you draw clear lines,” I said. “Relationships don’t have to be complicated.” Perhaps this sounds too simplistic – as I fear the lady took it – because […]

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Christ, My Wingman

Christ, My Wingman

[ 15 ] August 24, AD 2012 |

The morning after my future sister’s wedding, my fiance and I attended the family brunch and were asked the question: short or long engagement? B. said “short” and I said “long” – the listeners laughed. We’ve been engaged for eight months now; four more months to go. It’s been a struggle intertwined with the joy […]

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Date the Fat Guys, Ladies

Date the Fat Guys, Ladies

[ 36 ] July 10, AD 2012 |

In what can only be described as “true love,” I agreed to marry my fiance without ever dancing with him. Perhaps this seems impossible, improbable, or a smallish point in the grand scheme of our love. But I tell you, it is not. I come from a dancing family. My mom and dad fell in […]

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I Bet You Think This Post Is About You

I Bet You Think This Post Is About You

[ 6 ] June 10, AD 2012 |

The hubris of the Catholic Church is often a huge turn-off to many people. How can she, the Church, this whore (my mother), claim to know the will of God? After all, everyone knows her reputation. Everyone knows her mistakes. Everyone believes they know all about her and her kind- those “Catholics” who “claim” to […]

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Turn Around!

Turn Around!

[ 2 ] April 6, AD 2012 |

Today is Good Friday. At noon, my family will drive to Mt. Adams, to a hill overlooking the Ohio River. We will descend many steps, cross a bridge, and then go down many more, before reaching a landing, turning around, and going back up each step, one rosary bead at a time. I will wear […]

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Don’t Buy Me Love

Don’t Buy Me Love

[ 4 ] February 10, AD 2012 |

The little girl I babysit likes to give me her art. As it is now February, she is currently making Valentines. She asks me how to spell my name, writes the letters backwards and proudly presents it to me. I praise it, praise her and show it off. She makes sure I take it home […]

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Not Even Wrong

Not Even Wrong

[ 5 ] January 13, AD 2012 |

Wolfgang Pauli, a physicist who pioneered the field of quantum physics, is famous for the critique, “Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!” Or, “Not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong!” Pauli reserved this most severe criticism for papers whose theories or theses were so unstable and not […]

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The Blessings of Bunny Slippers

The Blessings of Bunny Slippers

[ 7 ] December 15, AD 2011 |

I’m wearing bunny slippers as I type this post. My late Aunt Tracey gave them to me two Christmases ago (her last Christmas). I wear them, but I don’t even like slippers. I’m not a fan of slip-on shoes. They always slip off. I wear them because Aunt Tracey gave them to me. Aunt Tracey […]

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Logic, Science and History Prevail!

Logic, Science and History Prevail!

[ 7 ] November 3, AD 2011 |

I came across an amazing documentary called “180” paralleling the Holocaust and abortion. It is produced by Living Waters, a ministry run by Ray Comfort. Comfort was born a Jew, and, while he still identifies himself as such, is an Evangelical Christian pastor in California. Comfort begins the movie by discussing with people what they would […]

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How Catholics Read and Study the Bible

How Catholics Read and Study the Bible

[ 7 ] October 15, AD 2011 |

Let’s suspend disbelief in God for a moment. To understand a Catholic studying the Bible, that disbelief in God must be suspended. We believe in God, even when we struggle or question. Our belief in God gives us reason to hope. Disbelief is not seen as enlightenment, but a serious internal struggle. I do not […]

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Stand By Your Man

Stand By Your Man

[ 15 ] September 28, AD 2011 |

Ladies, what would you say if …your boyfriend told you he masturbates? …your husband confessed his struggles with pornography? …your brother is actively unchaste? I have come to the understanding that many females are blissfully unaware of the sexual (and, thus, spiritual) struggles men encounter in daily life. If you think your special male is […]

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1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married

[ 20 ] September 20, AD 2011 |

In a romantic rush of words, my boyfriend told me he loved me. A week or so later, he had “an interesting conversation” with his mother, and she bought us a book. No, it wasn’t Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen, Love and Responsibility by Blessed John Paul II or even poetry. It was […]

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God Needs You!

God Needs You!

[ 4 ] September 7, AD 2011 |

Last month, my boyfriend’s grandfather died. The beauty of our Catholic faith never felt more exposed to me than with the passing of another believing soul from earth into eternity. I could not turn a corner in the grandfather’s house without seeing a crucifix. The family physically came together in fellowship- to eat meals, participate […]

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Serving With Mustard

Serving With Mustard

[ 8 ] August 26, AD 2011 |

I have a tennis ball shaped bruise on the side of my thigh. In grotesque literary fashion, I see the bruise as God’s grace literally leaving its imprint on me. This was not the first time I have been hit with a ball: earlier in the set, I had been nailed in the stomach. I […]

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