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Lauren Meyers is a 28 year old wife and a mother. She experienced the love of the Lord on a high school retreat, picked up a Bible and the Liturgy of the Hours, and hasn't turned back since. Holding a BA in Classics and Religious Studies and an MA in Education, she currently works as a Campus Minister in Indiana.

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Rogue One: An Advent Story

December 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Rogue One: An Advent Story

If you are a Star Wars fan, you have likely felt either excitement or apprehension when considering the release of “Rogue One”. This is uncharted territory for the Star Wars universe. A movie without an episode number, without an opening scroll, and independent of a trilogy to tell the story. We knew it would be […]

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Election Year: A Time for Mercy

November 9, AD 2016 1 Comment
Election Year: A Time for Mercy

In an election year where there has been so much division, I think we all recognize that there is a widespread experience of disillusionment and disappointment. Not in decades have voters been so dissatisfied with the two leading presidential candidates before them. You have likely shared in more than one conversation that has left you feeling confused, […]

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Schrödinger’s Family: An Open and Closed Case for Family Discernment

April 26, AD 2016 2 Comments
Schrödinger’s Family: An Open and Closed Case for Family Discernment

When our first son was born, we received hand-made stockings with our names on them for Christmas. I loved these stockings. They were well made and just the style I would have chosen. So when we found out that I was pregnant with our second son the next year, you can imagine how I panicked. […]

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Bearing the Discomforts of Lent

February 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Bearing the Discomforts of Lent

I felt like a petulant child during the homily at Mass several weeks ago. Father had mentioned that we ought to consider preparing for Lent, as it can sometimes sneak up on us. I crossed my arms and tuned out. Really, Father? You’re bringing up Lent? Why are we bringing this up before we have to? […]

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What to Do When You Struggle with the Church

July 19, AD 2015 4 Comments
What to Do When You Struggle with the Church

I would like to say that my faith is uncomplicated — to say that I accept and embrace every teaching of our Church with a gleeful smile and without a shred of doubt. There was probably a time when this was the case; maybe in my later teens or early twenties, when the love that I […]

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Maria Lactans: Sacred or Scandalous?

March 8, AD 2015 22 Comments
Maria Lactans: Sacred or Scandalous?

Images carry great power with them, and the images we surround ourselves with reflect something of who we are. The family photos we choose to display, the art we prefer, the placement of decor in our homes and offices speak something of our hearts. In the context of our faith, the images we meditate upon […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

December 15, AD 2014 3 Comments
Why I Got Married in a Church

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

November 16, AD 2014 2 Comments
Making Your Home Parish “Home”

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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It’s OK to be Bored

September 21, AD 2014 1 Comment
It’s OK to be Bored

There is a growing nemesis in the world today: Boredom. I’m bored, accompanied by a pathetic sigh, is something every parent, teacher, minister, or anyone, really, hates to hear. Boredom has inspired toy designers to figure out ways to occupy children, advertisers to write perfectly, entertaining commercials to keep viewers attention, teachers to plan elaborate lessons, […]

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The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

August 24, AD 2014 8 Comments
The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

The Bible mentions subjugation of wives and everyone gets upset, but Christian Grey does it and nobody bats an eye! Tell me how this makes sense. I know why this is the case. There is absolute confusion in our culture about sex, love, pleasure, intimacy, marriage, and the Catholic Church. There is such a tangled […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

June 28, AD 2014 2 Comments
On Polished Wedding Rings

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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Celibates Make Great Parents

June 1, AD 2014 8 Comments
Celibates Make Great Parents

There are a few things that I do every day. I brush my teeth. I drink a cup, or three, of coffee. I check my e-mail, and I kiss and pinch the cheeks of my two sons. As most parents would testify, I love my children. I love their laughs, their hugs. I love seeing […]

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Teachers: We Don’t Deserve This

May 4, AD 2014 1 Comment
Teachers: We Don’t Deserve This

I know everyone has bad days at work, and maybe I should shut my mouth since I’m a teacher and standing one month away from a summer out of the classroom, but I recently felt the need to rant. Even after teaching in a high school for six years, some days I still get overwhelmed […]

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Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

April 6, AD 2014 5 Comments
Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

You hear a lot of things when you walk down a hallway filled with 200 teenage girls. Some hilarious, some tragic, some ridiculous, and some beautiful. At the all-girls high school where I work, though, there is one phrase that I have heard almost every day. It’s an opening line that frustrated me to no […]

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Made You Look

March 9, AD 2014 0 Comments
Made You Look

I recently had the opportunity to take my one and a half year old son out for the day. On a rainy, cold afternoon, the mall was my best bet. He had a field day strutting about the stores, and especially loved the life-sized, pink polka-dotted dog at a particular women’s lingerie store. While he […]

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