Category: Life

Lent, Suffering, and Offering It Up

Lent, Suffering, and Offering It Up

[ 0 ] March 27, AD 2015 |

Lent causes suffering. The small (perhaps large to us) sacrifices that we make are meant to bring us closer to the cross. They are meant to bring us to greater reliance on Jesus instead of whatever it is we’ve chosen to give up. We can also “offer up” our myriad annoyances and sufferings, or the […]

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Sheep Among Wolves

Sheep Among Wolves

[ 4 ] March 25, AD 2015 |

“‘Thomas! Thomas!’ two snickering friars called, rousing their brother who was bent over his books. ‘Look out the window—there are pigs flying about in the sky!’ Thomas rose at once and bounced to the window incredulously. The friars laughed. Putting the finishing touch on the jest, the saint responded, ‘I would rather believe that pigs can fly […]

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On Family

On Family

[ 1 ] March 23, AD 2015 |

Family, it seems, is an ever-changing concept in my world as of late. While it is always changing, it is also growing. In an obvious way, it grew when I got married. Before I had no one I could call “sister” in that sense, and now I have two sisters. I’ve got cousins and family […]

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Truth in Fiction

Truth in Fiction

[ 3 ] March 19, AD 2015 |

Teaching always involves a curve ball. This past fall I taught “Introduction to Moral Theology and Ethics” at The Catholic University of America. For the first class session, I had my students read a casual but thoughtful blogpost titled “The Ethics of Superheroes.” The blogpost draws on the idea of vocation as calling to argue […]

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Pull Your Weight

Pull Your Weight

[ 3 ] March 16, AD 2015 |

Life has brought a lot of changes for me over the last year. This time last year I was a Green Beret, deployed with my team to the Philippines, doing stuff and things. I was working out two hours a day, training in shooting, explosives, hand-to-hand combat, combat medicine, and other fun pastimes that go […]

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Catholicism Vs. The Cult of Choice

Catholicism Vs. The Cult of Choice

[ 15 ] March 12, AD 2015 |

This week, I was called upon to exercise my civic duty and present myself at the federal court for jury selection. While I was there, a woman said what many seemed to feel: “Democracy is about choice. I should get to choose if I want to be called for jury duty or not.” Now, I grumbled with […]

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Interview with Allison: Tiny house dweller

Interview with Allison: Tiny house dweller

[ 2 ] March 11, 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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Culture War Considerations

Culture War Considerations

[ 4 ] March 11, AD 2015 |

Love is our story, we don’t need to rebrand it or market it. We just need to live it.

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Minimalism

Minimalism

[ 4 ] March 4, AD 2015 |

Minimalism takes work and effort. It is an exercise of saying no to many things in order to focus on saying yes to the important ones. It is well worth it since minimalism also brings many benefits to both body and soul. Lent is a season for minimalism, both inside and out. We are invited […]

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Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

[ 7 ] 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

[ 3 ] 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

[ 2 ] 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

[ 6 ] 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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