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Sr. Theresa Noble is a novice, aka nun in training, with a religious congregation of sisters in the US. She left her job in California with eBay to follow God four years ago. She currently lives in a convent in Boston where she prays, evangelizes, bakes bread and blogs at Pursued by Truth (http://pursuedbytruth.blogspot.com/).

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Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

August 2, AD 2014 40 Comments
Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

Everything Pope Francis says is always so heartfelt, so quotable, so real. Reading through all of the speeches, homilies and messages that he gives is a real treat. If you don’t already, I recommend reading up on his activities at the Vatican website. Or check out news on Vatican Radio, News.Va or get the free Pope App. Whatever way you choose to […]

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Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

June 7, AD 2014 2 Comments
Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

The news is full of violence. It is hard not to become desensitized to the terrible ways humans treat humans. A recent story that really tore at my heart was the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends of the same age. The two girls, Morgan and Anissa, say they plotted the […]

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

May 10, AD 2014 2 Comments
Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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The End of Lent Question

April 12, AD 2014 2 Comments
The End of Lent Question

Well, this Lent has been hard. Not that I have ever had an easy Lent since I started taking the spiritual life seriously, so I am not sure what I expected. I think I selfishly wish that my Lent would be full of consolations and insights, but usually right around this time I start to […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

March 15, AD 2014 25 Comments
Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Is Religious Life Repulsive?

January 18, AD 2014 33 Comments
Is Religious Life Repulsive?

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three vows—poverty, chastity, and obedience—and each of these vows is repulsive […]

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Ten Signs You’re a Catholic Introvert

November 23, AD 2013 43 Comments
Ten Signs You’re a Catholic Introvert

I’m an introvert. I’m not shy, I just like books, quiet get-togethers and lots of alone time. I do not like too much noise, attention and worst of all: small talk. Of course, God always likes to stretch our hearts, so he called me to an order where I am constantly doing public speaking, talking […]

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Pope Francis, Sin & Creepy Fish

October 26, AD 2013 7 Comments
Pope Francis, Sin & Creepy Fish

In college I went to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I am not much of a science geek so I thought I would be bored, but I ended up being drawn in by the deep sea display. As I wandered through the exhibit gaping at the ugly, otherworldly creatures that […]

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A Defense of Indulgences

September 28, AD 2013 6 Comments
A Defense of Indulgences

When I first heard about indulgences I was pretty skeptical; they can sound so cold, clear-cut and strangely precise in an imprecise world. Now that I understand the role of indulgences a bit more, I have become an avid indulgence collector. My fellow sisters tease me because I get really pumped up when I hear […]

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Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

August 31, AD 2013 6 Comments
Children and Online Porn: Five Quick Stats

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and exposure to online pornography: 1. One study in the […]

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Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

July 6, AD 2013 16 Comments
Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “learn from the way the wildflowers grow” (6:28). They do not “work and spin,” they just sway in the wind of their God, accepting whatever comes their way: rain or sun. So what can we learn from wildflowers? Here are some ideas: 1. Embrace Your Uniqueness: Wildflowers have […]

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