Author Archive: Rachel Zamarron

Rachel Zamarron works for EWTN in Customer Service and Admin. Support for the National Catholic Register. Rachel grew up in a large Catholic family that made her who she is today. She is passionate about her Catholic Faith, working with youth, and cowgirl boots. Recently married to her sweetheart Sam, the two of them are enjoying the adventures of life hand-in-hand.

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A Wish-List from a Parish Priest

A Wish-List from a Parish Priest

[ 1 ] December 27, AD 2014 |

A parish priest from the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, is working to raise funds for one of the two parishes he staffs. Holy Rosary Parish has great financial need. With Father’s permission, I am re-posting his wish list here. There is no better time to give to such a worthy cause than during the […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2014 |

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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Synod Psych Up

Synod Psych Up

[ 1 ] October 14, AD 2014 |

Much has been said about the Synod on the Family, underway in Rome right now. Ink has been spilled, opinions made, worry and confusion abound. We hear the drama between bishops, opinions from both sides of the spectrum. Frustration, fear, hope and excitement, all tied together in these historic weeks. As a young, newly married […]

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A New Voice for the Church in Africa

A New Voice for the Church in Africa

[ 3 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

A year and a half ago, my husband received a phone call that would change our lives. A priest friend of ours was starting a new project and he was building a team for it. Thus began our partnership with Father Maurice Emelu founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, and priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu […]

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Embracing the Joy of the Gospel Again

Embracing the Joy of the Gospel Again

[ 0 ] August 2, AD 2014 |

Exhaustion, stress, feeling overwhelmed… These feelings can become a part of our lives, pushing all of the joy to the back burner. Life’s beautiful moments of happiness become almost an after-thought in the middle of the daily grind. It always amazes me how God uses little moments in our day to speak to us. How […]

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Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace

[ 2 ] June 29, AD 2014 |

In the midst of all of this we are called to something greater. We read in Philippians 4: 6-7, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Peace? What is that? We say. It feels like a meaningless word, and not something we can actually apply to our lives.

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The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

[ 4 ] May 29, AD 2014 |

This fiery church we see in the Acts of the Apostles is the one Pope Francis spoke of at WYD Rio when he said, “What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day? I expect a mess. There will be one. There will be a mess here in Rio? There will be!

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Christians and Anger

Christians and Anger

[ 1 ] May 2, AD 2014 |

Do you struggle with anger? Does a close family member or friend? Are you known for your Irish-red-hair and the fact that you are incapable of playing sports without a blowup of some sort? Anger – so much of it. It fills every corner of the web and spills over into our personal lives. Or […]

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Walking the Walk, After Talking the Talk

Walking the Walk, After Talking the Talk

[ 1 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

News broke a few days ago that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has issued an apology following the disclosure that he spent 2.2 million on his new residence. Catholic Culture points out that when Archbishop Gregory realized that he “had caused scandal by spending over $2 million on a new residence”, he was quick to take responsibility […]

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Growing In Love

Growing In Love

[ 4 ] March 7, AD 2014 |

It happens- opposites do attract. My husband and I knew that as soon as we started dating. He is a deep thinker – thoughtful, artistic, incredibly hard working – everything I am not. It was those differences that drew us together in the first place. A friend once told me not to worry about whether someone was my same temperament, […]

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A New Grateful You

A New Grateful You

[ 0 ] January 9, AD 2014 |

By now, if you are like me, you have already lost track of your New Years resolution. Learn Spanish? Who has time for that. But the new year brings a fresh desire to improve ourselves. There is something magical about the idea of a clean slate, and a new start. It brings motivation to be […]

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What’s Your Witness?

What’s Your Witness?

[ 1 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

This morning I witnessed the coolest thing. My husband and I were on our way to work, winding through the back roads when we saw a strange sight. There in the middle of a lawn was a circle of men in hard hats. Armed with chainsaws and surrounded by bucket trucks it was obvious they […]

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WYD Whiners…

WYD Whiners…

[ 4 ] July 25, AD 2013 |

Today Rio de Janeiro Brazil is overrun with young people. World Youth Day is in full swing and hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe have gathered to celebrate their Catholic faith and our Holy Father Pope Francis. I have watched the broadcast with emotion and a tinge of jealousy. It brings […]

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Marriage: Getting There

Marriage: Getting There

[ 3 ] June 27, AD 2013 |

How interesting it is to be a young, newly married, Catholic in light of the quickly changing moral code of our country. The Supreme Court’s decision left me unsurprised but filled with dread. How can our country stand in the midst of moral and financial collapse and what can we do about it? Perhaps we […]

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When Did I See You Lord?

When Did I See You Lord?

[ 0 ] May 2, AD 2013 |

We all do it- use Facebook as a way to communicate our political and religious viewpoint. After all, isn’t that the whole purpose of Facebook…  Well, a few days ago a seminarian friend of mine posted this quote from St. Josemaria Escriva on his Facebook: “If you have time on your hands, think again a little. It’s quite […]

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Our Story

Our Story

[ 7 ] November 15, AD 2012 |

It all began on an average day at work. Morning schedule and then mass. I am blessed to work at a place where mass is available to the employees daily. Today was different though. In the back of the chapel was a young man I had never seen before praying. At first I thought he […]

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The Unity Candle : Yes or No?

The Unity Candle : Yes or No?

[ 19 ] October 2, AD 2012 |

In the final weeks leading up to our wedding, my fiance and I are working on the last details of our wedding mass. We will be getting married in a lovely old German Catholic Church, which is a testament to our parish of the beautiful job our Pastor and his staff do of blending the old and the new. In the […]

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In Truth: Certainly

In Truth: Certainly

[ 5 ] August 23, AD 2012 |

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: in truth – certainly or: truly, confidently. This is the meaning of the word verily. A name which now graces the front of a new magazine for women. Lauched in the spring of 2012, by a group of young women, this magazine seeks to engage women in a real conversation about […]

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Living Our Vocations

Living Our Vocations

[ 4 ] July 26, AD 2012 |

Life has a way of coming up and tossing you the unexpected, and I encountered a new twist in life just recently when I got engaged. You see, for years I had prayed, dreamed and waited for that special someone to come into my life. I surrounded myself with like-minded girlfriends and my beloved sisters. […]

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Why We Need Work

Why We Need Work

[ 2 ] May 3, AD 2012 |

Last week  The Daily Caller broke the news feature about the Labor Department attempting  to ban farm chores. When I alerted my dad who is a life-long farmer about the new rule, he was speechless. As he scanned the news article his first comment was “This is a joke, right” To someone who has lived his life defined […]

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To Learn Silence

To Learn Silence

[ 1 ] April 5, AD 2012 |

As a perpetual chatterbox I approach the mysteries of Holy Week with mixed emotions. The stark, somber tones of the liturgies are in direct contrast with my personality, so every year it is a struggle to focus. It is almost as if Holy Week was custom-made to test one’s new-found will that has been building […]

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Election Season and YOU

Election Season and YOU

[ 1 ] March 9, AD 2012 |

” If only we had another Ronald Reagan. ” The words floated out of my friends mouth and hung in mid-air. It is a tendency we all have- to see the past as better, but as I listened to him extol the greatness of Reagan I couldn’t help but think it a bit naive. We are […]

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More Thoughts On The Veil

More Thoughts On The Veil

[ 7 ] January 12, AD 2012 |

The Dec. 15th article on the veil fueled some great discussions in Catholic blogging circles. Father Dwight Longenecker did this follow up post and Deacon Greg at Catholic Online mentioned it as well. I thought it would be good to go back and touch on a few points. First I am going to give you […]

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A Few Reasons to Wear the Veil at Mass

A Few Reasons to Wear the Veil at Mass

[ 79 ] December 15, AD 2011 |

There is a long standing beautiful tradition in the Catholic Church for women to cover their heads while at mass. I realize that writing on this topic is not going to be popular with the majority of people. It is a widely misunderstood practice, and you will always find various opinions in regard to it. […]

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Things to be Thankful For

Things to be Thankful For

[ 0 ] November 23, AD 2011 |

Over the next few days the vast majority of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a special meal and family time. It is always a reminder to step back and reflect on the countless way we have been blessed. Some years it can be a little more difficult to find things we are thankful for, […]

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Cowboys, Poetry and Life Lessons

Cowboys, Poetry and Life Lessons

[ 2 ] November 17, AD 2011 |

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. I think one of the things that has surprised me most about life is who the real heroes are. The little old couple that has been together for 60 years, the faithful priests who end their lives largely forgotten. When we are young our walls are strewn with […]

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