Author Archive: Mary C. Tillotson

Mary C. Tillotson is a freelance reporter and writer, contributing to Ignitum Today, Catholic Stand, and School Reform News. She and two friends co-founded The Mirror. Formerly, she reported and photographed for The St. Ignace News in northern Michigan, covering the local city council and writing features. A Hillsdale College grad and Michigan native, she lives in Virginia with her husband Luke, without whom these articles probably would have remained in the "half-finished" folder. She blogs at The Earth and the Ether. Click here to follow her on Twitter. (The marriage thing is relatively new. The maiden name is Petrides.)

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Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

Considering Atheism? Try Catholicism.

[ 6 ] August 12, AD 2013 |

Maybe I’ve spent too much time listening to World Youth Day coverage and reading articles like this one written by a friend of mine who ran our college’s vibrant Catholic Society. I was surprised to find this article by Hemant Mehta on CNN’s Belief Blog explaining why young people are leaving their churches for atheism. […]

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Disabled Babies, Moms, and Men: Can We Please Love Them All?

Disabled Babies, Moms, and Men: Can We Please Love Them All?

[ 5 ] July 17, AD 2013 |

By now, I’m sure you’ve heard about the baby with Down Syndrome who, it looks like, will not be aborted after all because some 900 families offered to adopt, thanks to Facebook and Fr. Vander Woude. If you haven’t heard, I think the Arlington Catholic Herald, my diocese’s paper, had . I feel a particular connection to this […]

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Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty?

Can We Stop Fretting About Modesty?

[ 24 ] June 17, AD 2013 |

Seems like, lately, everyone’s been writing about how much women should wear, why it matters (or doesn’t), how too-strict standards can be emotionally damaging, and how we’re all contributing to the rape culture. I agree that modesty is important, but I’m sensing an unhealthy dose of fear, insecurity, judgment, and tunnel vision. Guys, we all […]

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The NFP Generation

The NFP Generation

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2012 |

I’m 24 years old and two years out of college, which puts me at that age when nearly all my friends are getting married. It seems to me very common that young married couples of the “good Catholic” variety are beginning their marriage with a year or two (or a few) of NFP. Our generation […]

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What Can a Wife Do?

What Can a Wife Do?

[ 6 ] December 10, AD 2012 |

Everybody knows that men don’t understand women, but I think it’s easy for us women to play some sort of nuanced superiority card and pretend that our natural feminine intuition is enough to understand men completely. Or at least sufficiently. We like the idea that we’re naturally good listeners, but it’s a fact that we’re […]

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Changing the world in four easy steps

Changing the world in four easy steps

[ 4 ] December 3, AD 2012 |

I want to change the world, and I think I can do it. But I’m a young 20-something, and the older adults I meet tend to be jaded. “I thought we could save the world by doing thus-and-such,” they say, “and look how that turned out.” So, of course, I worry that when I hit […]

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poverty of spirit

poverty of spirit

[ 6 ] November 1, AD 2012 |

A few months ago, I quit the full-time job I’d landed right out of school, married a college senior, moved four states away, and planned to find work. It was taking longer than we expected, so in the meantime, we pinched our pennies: no bottle of wine to celebrate our first home together, no haircuts […]

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how a woman can win

how a woman can win

[ 15 ] October 8, AD 2012 |

“New research shows that The Pill reduces lubrication, arousal, and a woman”s ability to orgasm, thus lending credence to my theory that a lot of hormonal birth control “controls” whether or not you give “birth” by making you never want to have sex. We just can”t win with our ladyparts, can we?” – We women […]

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On Condoms and Confession

On Condoms and Confession

[ 0 ] September 10, AD 2012 |

Many of the pro-abstinence, anti-contraception types (mostly Catholics) will say that the “Don’t have sex, but if you do, use contraception” approach to reducing teen pregnancy is inherently flawed. They’ll say that the approach sets expectations low, and that it effectively says “Don’t have sex – but if you do, it’s okay.” Of course, many […]

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Mission: Perspective

Mission: Perspective

[ 8 ] August 13, AD 2012 |

It’s interesting how different reality looks when it’s on paper, in neat paragraphs, all in the right order. There, I am a powerhouse. I am strong; I am adventurous; I am embarking on a mission with eternal consequences and not looking back. But for all my talk of heroism and mission, I’m often tempted to […]

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