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Author Archive: Megan Twomey

Megan Twomey studied English and History at Hillsdale College. While she was there, she converted to Catholicism and also bumped into a friend's big brother, who just happened to be her perfect match. She now spends her time as a stay-at-home mama to a superhero preschooler and his toddler sidekick, with baby number three on the way.

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Missing Christ

July 23, AD 2015 1 Comment
Missing Christ

While visiting another parish for mass a few weeks ago, the priest spoke on this Sunday gospel: Hence, he went into his own country; and his disciples followed him. [2]And when the sabbath was come, he began to teach in the synagogue: and many hearing him were in admiration at his doctrine, saying: How came […]

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Peace for the Covetous Heart

July 2, AD 2015 0 Comments
Peace for the Covetous Heart

Of all the commandments, “Thou shalt not covet,” never seemed the most difficult. I knew that I could be materialistic, could focus on things over people, and could be envious of another’s success. Yet, I told myself that most times I would never want something bad enough to take it from someone else. Of course, […]

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The Catholic Church and the Inherent Dignity of Women

June 4, AD 2015 56 Comments
The Catholic Church and the Inherent Dignity of Women

American culture, through generations of inherited ignorance, perpetuates many false ideas about the Catholic Church’s teachings about women.  You can find the caricatures in almost any television series or movie with so-called Catholic characters: the crotchety ruler-wielding nun, the kilted Catholic high school student who is secretly a “bad girl,” the denim-jumper-clad homeschooling mother of a dozen […]

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Created to Be You

May 7, AD 2015 1 Comment
Created to Be You

“So they’re both napping?” asked my husband, incredulous, “Can you nap?” Quiet time has been pretty rare around my house since my eldest abandoned naps a year ago. Nevertheless, I cheerfully replied, “Nope, I’m going to bake some cookies,” because I knew that doing something I loved and making something for others was the best […]

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Spiritual Deep Cleaning

April 9, AD 2015 2 Comments
Spiritual Deep Cleaning

I am not a natural deep cleaner. Extensive projects that involve organizing minutiae, inordinate scrubbing, and rubber gloves are just not my thing.  Now I’m the first person to be stressed when my house looks a mess. In fits of cleaning, I tear through the house like a hurricane tidying stray toys, wiping down counters, […]

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Catholicism Vs. The Cult of Choice

March 12, AD 2015 15 Comments
Catholicism Vs. The Cult of Choice

This week, I was called upon to exercise my civic duty and present myself at the federal court for jury selection. While I was there, a woman said what many seemed to feel: “Democracy is about choice. I should get to choose if I want to be called for jury duty or not.” Now, I grumbled with […]

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Love Calls Us to Empathy

February 12, AD 2015 1 Comment
Love Calls Us to Empathy

There is a stereotype, probably justified, of the angst-ridden teenager who cries, “No one understands me.” No matter are age, we all feel this adolescent attitude from time to time.  But if we let that feeling fester, it can turn from self-pity into the sin of self-absorption. Like all sin, it not only separates us […]

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Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

December 18, AD 2014 1 Comment
Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

Standing in line for confession recently, waiting to pour out to Christ all my mothering failures, I wondered for the hundredth time how the Blessed Mother did it. How did she raise a toddler without sinning? The constant demands of my children on my time, love, energies, and patience often wears me to the breaking […]

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Waking Up to Your Vocation

November 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Waking Up to Your Vocation

“Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing…” As a mom to a toddler and a preschooler, I spend a lot of time listening to “kids’ songs.” So it isn’t surprising that I was thinking about the words to “Frere Jacques” the other day.  In the English translation most of us sing about how “morning […]

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The Attack on the Natural Woman

October 23, AD 2014 5 Comments
The Attack on the Natural Woman

There has been a general trend in the air for a few years now, one that calls for a return to what is “natural:” natural foods, natural materials, natural cleaning products, you name it. Although advertisers have, as usual, taken great advantage of the trend and made some laughable “natural” products, it seems, in general, […]

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A Living, Changing Love

September 25, AD 2014 3 Comments
A Living, Changing Love

I remember taking our frozen wedding cake out on our first anniversary, only to discover it was not the same cake we had put in the day after our wedding. The light, fluffy cream, the fresh fruit, and the delicate cake had not held up under the strain of twelve months in the seventh circle […]

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Embracing My Inner Hobbit

August 28, AD 2014 3 Comments
Embracing My Inner Hobbit

Today, a cashier told me that I seemed “really down-to-Earth,” and I decided to take it as a compliment.  A few years ago, however, that would not have been the case. I used to think that caring about the “higher things” meant yearning for a sort of grand existence, feeling destined for greatness.  Recently, I […]

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