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Author Archive: Theresa Williams

"I have become all things to all, to save at least some" (1 Cor. 9:22) basically describes her life as writer, homemaker, friend and sister, wife, and mother of 2 spunky children, all for the sake of Gospel joy. She received her BA in Theology, Catechetics/Youth Ministry, and English Writing from Franciscan University of Steubenvile. Currently, she is a homemaker and freelance writer. Her life mottos are Ad Majoram Dei Gloriam and "Without complaint, everything shall I suffer for in the love of God, nothing have I to fear" (St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart). She is Pennsylvanian by birth, Californian by heart, and in Texas for the time being. Yinz can find her on Twitter @TheresaZoe.

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Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

August 23, AD 2016 3 Comments
Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

I listen to a lot of music—from great Catholic artists like Matt Maher and Audrey Assad to classic rock to punk rock to alternative to country to everything in between. Generally, when I wish to feel close to God or get myself into a meditative/prayerful mood, I listen to Catholic Christian music, but every so […]

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Affordable Catholic Higher Education: Dominican Institute

August 5, AD 2016 9 Comments
Affordable Catholic Higher Education: Dominican Institute

Have you ever wanted to further your Catholic education but realized that even online higher education from a good Catholic institution is pricey? Or maybe you’re not necessarily interested in earning a degree, just taking a class here and there about specific topics in the Faith of interest to you. Dominican Institute is the answer. […]

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Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

July 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Must-Read Book: The Four Keys to Everlasting Love

If you are engaged or married, married for a short time or married for a long time, fallen away from the faith or have your doctorate in theology, whatever your state in married life, The Four Keys to Everlasting Love by Karee and Manuel Santos will enrich your married life and life in general. The […]

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19 Amazing Quotes from the Last Month of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Life

June 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
19 Amazing Quotes from the Last Month of St. Therese of Lisieux’s Life

Since St. Therese of Lisieux is a favorite of mine (and is a Doctor of the Church for a reason!), I thought it would be fun to go through some of her quotes from the last month of her life (September 1897). So here are 19 truly baller quotes from the saint’s last month of life […]

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Soul-Changing Sacraments

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
Soul-Changing Sacraments

Recently, I was able to attend the ordination of my brother-in-law to the priesthood, and there, before my eyes, his soul was eternally changed, indelibly marked. I’ve witnessed this phenomenon before—I’ve attended many baptisms and confirmations and Easter Vigils, and I’ve even been to another ordination. I’ve also met many persons who’ve been indelibly marked, […]

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The Inescapable Lover

May 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Inescapable Lover

The other day, after I got out of the shower, I wrapped myself up in my bathrobe, as I often do, and I felt God. I felt God in my bathrobe. In my bathrobe. For whatever reason, that day, God decided to show Himself to me through the cozy embrace of my bathrobe—it felt like […]

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Mary, Mercy, and Me

April 5, AD 2016 2 Comments
Mary, Mercy, and Me

I used to be jealous of Mary. Not because she has the fullness of grace and I don’t. Not because she has the immense privilege of knowing Jesus in His human form, living while He lived. Not because she is closer to God than anyone ever. Not because she has the perfection of virtue. I […]

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Lessons from a Lent Past

March 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Lessons from a Lent Past

Being in the thick of Lent, I’ve been reflecting on Lents past and how differently I approach Lent now. Lent the year I was sixteen immediately came to mind—it was the first one I approached with any type of maturity. So I offer this recollection as a hopeful reminder that life gets better and that […]

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Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

February 9, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

I was reflecting on my first month of the new year and my resolution/theme of “stronger.” I’ve been going to the gym a lot this month and can see so much physical change in my body, along with emotional and mental change and discipline. But as I was reflecting on all this, my thoughts turned to […]

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Keep Your Eyes on These Fantastic Four

January 18, AD 2016 3 Comments
Keep Your Eyes on These Fantastic Four

There are many amazing saints, and many amazing blessed and venerables and servants of God—so many that lots are often overlooked. Here are my picks for some faithful departed you might start hearing more and more about sooner rather than later. Blessed Chiara Luce Badano October 29, 1971–October 7, 1990, beatified September 25, 2010, feast […]

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

January 12, AD 2016 0 Comments
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

New year, new you!—a motto that makes me want to vomit. What’s so great about a new me if I couldn’t even love the old me? And thinking that I’d have to create a new me every year just makes my anxiety flare. Lose that weight, make that money, achieve that goal, by all means! […]

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The Best Lie You Could Ever Tell

December 17, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Best Lie You Could Ever Tell

My first Confirmation class (quite some years ago now) ended with an enticing cliffhanger: “Next week, I’ll teach you how to lie,” our teacher told us. The next week, we all waited eagerly around the circular table. “Repeat after me,” he finally said. “It could never happen to me.” It could never happen to me. […]

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