Category: Life

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

[ 6 ] February 25, AD 2015 |

It is very appropriate, I think, that I received my diagnosis of wheat and milk allergies during Lent, three years ago. After all, I was already in a mode of Lenten sacrifice, and it felt good and natural to cut out these foods from my life and stick to a very basic diet. Also, I […]

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My Husband Isn’t Trained

My Husband Isn’t Trained

[ 2 ] February 23, AD 2015 |

My husband isn’t trained to pause his video game and come downstairs to greet me when I get home after a long day. My husband isn’t trained to take out the trash. My husband isn’t trained to put his dishes in the dishwasher and set it to run. My husband isn’t trained to pray with […]

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The Ultimate Planner

The Ultimate Planner

[ 1 ] February 21, AD 2015 |

I’m a planner. While I cannot remember when I first developed this identity, my affinity for planning, having a plan, and keeping a plan has grown significantly over the past few years. I love lists, knowing what’s happening ahead of time, and looking forward to planned events. Surely, spontaneity is great. And I’m not opposed […]

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When Waiting is Really Hard

When Waiting is Really Hard

[ 5 ] February 20, AD 2015 |

In reaction to the increasing physical immorality spreading through society today, and in an attempt to counter the message  constantly being sold through advertising, movies, music, and even best-selling books that says sexual intimacy is not only okay, but expected, outside of marriage, the Catholic online world has been buzzing with all sorts of articles […]

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Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

Poor Media Coverage of March For Life

[ 2 ] February 19, AD 2015 |

I am astonished, but not surprised, that the mainstream media still does not report on the March for Life. How can you ignore hundreds of thousands of people?

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Glory, Glory, Glory

Glory, Glory, Glory

[ 1 ] February 17, AD 2015 |

I have been going about this all wrong. I have been making myself the victim to this tyranny I have projected onto God when, in fact, I have become the tyrant trying to dictate to God how His Will should play out in my life. I make the rules, I throw a tantrum when thing […]

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The Ministry of Food

The Ministry of Food

[ 5 ] February 11, AD 2015 |

If food is the means by which Christ reaches out to sinners and gathers His Church, then we too must see food as a ministry.

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Love, Not Hate

Love, Not Hate

[ 3 ] February 8, AD 2015 |

It seems that everywhere I look there are people that are going out of their way to annoy me! People who insist on driving at 45mph even though the limit is 65mph. People who have personal phone conversations on the train. People who chew with their mouths open. The list could take up this entire […]

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Chin Up!

Chin Up!

[ 1 ] February 5, AD 2015 |

Last week I spent some time in south Florida. To relax and    unwind I disconnected from my material world and meandered on the beach. There is an incredible amount of interesting shells, birds and critters that span the shoreline. On this rare occasion I witnessed a seagull devour an octopus. But as I walked […]

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To what is God calling you?

To what is God calling you?

[ 5 ] February 5, AD 2015 |

Discerning God’s will in our lives can be a difficult and confusing endeavor most of the  time. I can still remember hearing the many epic tales about the heroic Saints in our Church’s life and thinking, “If I really love God, wouldn’t I do the same? Wouldn’t I give up everything, move to a different […]

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Our Expectations and One Certainty

Our Expectations and One Certainty

[ 2 ] January 30, AD 2015 |

We are now a month into 2015. There is still so much unknown about this year; the blank pages are yet to be filled in, and many possibilities are present. Along with possibilities, we also carry our expectations into the year and into the situations we encounter. Yet, this year also brings many uncertainties. Let’s […]

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Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

Meet Dr. Bernard Nathanson, Famous Ex-Abortionist

[ 3 ] January 27, AD 2015 |

Last week, hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. to petition Congress and the Supreme Court to do something about the unspeakable atrocity of abortion in this country.  It’s a story that is routinely ignored by the major media outlets, but it’s one that continues to grow, and even NARAL’s leader has admitted it’s got them […]

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Learning Patience

Learning Patience

[ 2 ] January 26, AD 2015 |

{Warning: I mention miscarriage in this post – not mine – but it comes up.} There we were, waiting in the waiting room. Waiting rooms make me nervous. I’d rather sit in my car until its my turn and then just go straight into the appointment. Doctor, dentist, ultrasound, doesn’t matter, keep me out of […]

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Raising family and tiny homes

Raising family and tiny homes

[ 11 ] January 21, AD 2015 |

“The moral causes of prosperity… reside in a constellation of virtues: industriousness, competence, order, honesty, initiative, frugality, thrift, spirit of service, keeping one’s word, daring – in short, love for work well done. No system or social structure can resolve, as if by magic, the problem of poverty outside of these virtues.” St. John Paul […]

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New Year’s Dreams

New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding schedule rather than encourage me to be […]

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Passing On Motherhood

Passing On Motherhood

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2015 |

I’ve always loved my mom. It could be that hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t remember my teenage years being awful. My mom and I had our spats, but on the whole I think we got along fairly well. Even in college – halfway across the country – we’d have our tiffs, but at the […]

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Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

[ 27 ] January 6, AD 2015 |

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all costs: The problem is that the curiosity-as-holiness […]

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How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

[ 1 ] January 3, AD 2015 |

In case you hadn’t noticed, this week was the time of New Year’s resolutions. A tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement that begins on New Year’s Day. The time when all the world is throwing advertisements for gyms and weight loss, calendars and organisational tools, new gadgets and fashion […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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The Beggar In Me

The Beggar In Me

[ 3 ] December 29, AD 2014 |

I’ll be honest, more often than not when I pass a homeless person or someone begging on the side of the road I give them nothing more than a smile. Maybe, just maybe, if I happen to have extra food in my car and the light doesn’t change, I’ll give them of my excess, but […]

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Enough

Enough

[ 1 ] December 23, AD 2014 |

Here I am, finally sitting down to write this, write something, procrastinating once again (or just finally getting around to this, it’s a dice roll these days) and I just can’t think of anything to say. What is there to say? I hear my extremely overtired toddler scream from her bedroom and my baby playing […]

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What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

[ 10 ] December 19, AD 2014 |

$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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The Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |

My husband and I are currently navigating our way through our first holiday season as a married couple. Many life lessons learned, many tears of frustration shed, and I’m sure there will be more. There have also been many moments of joy, laughter, and peace, and I know there will be more of those as […]

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To The Mothers In Church

To The Mothers In Church

[ 1 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

Dear Moms who bring their kids to daily Mass, Church, adoration, and other church-ly activities, Thanks. Thanks for being an inspiration to women like me who are getting ready to start our own little screaming, crying, talk-whenever-they-want, make-all-kinds-of-bodily-noises brood. The fact that you bring your one (or seven, or somewhere in between) children to daily […]

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Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

[ 2 ] December 13, AD 2014 |

I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase their medical assistance by 500%, offering healthcare […]

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