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Author Archive: Olivia Spears

Olivia knows that Jesus can do anything. She was born and bred in Kentucky, where sweet tea and bourbon flow like milk and honey. She quickly returned there after graduating with Theology and Catechetics degrees from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Olivia is married to her high school best friend turned college sweetheart and they recently welcomed their first son. She spends her time teaching 7th graders about Christ and His Church, exploring the crunchy side of life, organizing anything she can get her hands on, and dancing in the moonlight. You can come along for the adventure at www.totheheights.com.

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5 Ways to Pray the Rosary More

January 15, AD 2015 6 Comments
5 Ways to Pray the Rosary More

We all know about the spiritual fruit that comes from praying the rosary. Throughout the centuries, the popes have encouraged, even insisted upon the regular recitation of the rosary. Our Lady, in her apparitions, requested the praying of the rosary, and our priests and religious lead by their example of fidelity to this prayer. But […]

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What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

December 19, AD 2014 13 Comments
What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

$30,000. 3 days. We had 3 days to raise $30,000, and I had no idea how we would pull it off. It was my senior year at Franciscan University, and I was blessed to be co-leading a mission to Ecuador that is so near to my heart. Plane tickets were beyond expensive that year, and […]

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Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

November 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

It is no secret that the Church has experienced a shortage of religious vocations in the last two decades. It is also no secret that our seminaries are now beginning to overflow. There is definitely a shift coming as many young people become more open to and respond to the call of Jesus to follow Him in this […]

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The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

October 23, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

This content was originally published at To the Heights and has been reformatted for the Ignitum Today readers! If you’re a faithful Catholic woman, chances are you’ve heard advice along the lines of, “Just be like Our Lady” more times than you can count. And if you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve silently responded, “What […]

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An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

September 25, AD 2014 1 Comment
An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

How do you judge good music? What are your standards? When do you know that you’ve encountered an incredible song or artist? One way I judge music is by its ability to snap me out of whatever I’m doing in the present moment and transport me to a different place, season, state, or memory. Really […]

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Blessing is in Obedience

August 28, AD 2014 6 Comments
Blessing is in Obedience

It was my last class of my senior year of college, and I listened intently as my professor wrapped up his final lecture. I sat amongst my fellow Catechetics majors, all of us eager to begin setting the world on fire with love for the Lord. All semester, our professor had been teaching us how […]

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Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

July 31, AD 2014 8 Comments
Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

Whether a woman is expecting her first child, or her fifteenth, pregnancy is filled with many emotions. There is joy and excitement mixed with anticipation and a little nervousness. All these emotions are appropriate, given the weight of what this new little life entails. Like mothers throughout time, I felt these slew of emotions during […]

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On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

July 3, AD 2014 1 Comment
On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

Have you ever felt like an outsider amongst a group of people who all shared a similar experience? Sat awkwardly in the background as they joyfully reminisced? The fact that you missed out on whatever it is that the rest of your acquaintances lived through can possibly leave you feeling isolated and uncomfortable. I imagine […]

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Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

May 8, AD 2014 1 Comment
Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy sentences. After some amused observation, I eventually joined in […]

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Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

March 17, AD 2014 5 Comments
Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

My heart beat a bit faster as I struggled to sit comfortably on the couch I had carelessly reclined on so many times before.  My angst made the room where we met for marriage preparation seem smaller than I recalled.  The priest who was going to celebrate our marriage would be there shortly, and I […]

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