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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Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

[ 0 ] 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

[ 8 ] 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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