Category: Life

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

[ 3 ] July 28, AD 2014 |

Writing in the 2nd century, Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs if the seed of the Church. If this is true, then the consequences of this are even more acutely felt today in the 20th century, where more Christians have been martyred than in all the previous centuries combined. Earlier in June […]

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<em>Embracing Edith Stein</em>: A Review

Embracing Edith Stein: A Review

[ 2 ] July 27, AD 2014 |

Anne Costa’s book, Embracing Edith Stein, was my traveling companion on my recent trip to Missouri. I wish I had spent more than a few hours with the book. I fully intend to revisit her someday when I have several days to digest her teachings. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time […]

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The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

[ 3 ] July 26, AD 2014 |

When Lisa Selin Davis told a cabdriver she was going to have an abortion, he pulled the car over on the Brooklyn Bridge in a blizzard. He begged her not to do it. Davis, then a 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker, had conceived the child with a married man she met at a film shoot. But she […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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Religion, Relationship, and New Life

Religion, Relationship, and New Life

[ 6 ] July 23, AD 2014 |

“Christianity, it is said, owes this, that, and the other to Judaism. It has borrowed this, that, and the other from Hellenism. Or from Essenism. Everything in it is mortgaged from birth…. Are people naive enough to believe, before making a detailed study, that the supernatural excludes any possession of earthly roots and any human […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

[ 2 ] July 21, AD 2014 |

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

Desperately Seeking Community

[ 1 ] July 19, AD 2014 |

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness.  Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my […]

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The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

The ‘Sorry, Not Sorry’ Phenomenon

[ 1 ] July 14, AD 2014 |

Chances are that if you are on any one of the major social media sites, you’ll know what I’m talking about when I refer to the ‘sorry, not sorry’ or ‘#sorrynotsorry’ phenomenon. But just in case you aren’t familiar with the phrase, folks tend to post it when they feel like they should be sorry about posting […]

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America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

[ 2 ] July 2, AD 2014 |

Rather than view the American emphasis on individuals as a prideful perspective that promotes hubris, I believe the American emphasis on the individual is not only compatible with our faith, but is incredibly Catholic….Why? Because, when we stop and look at it, we must agree that God is all about the individual.

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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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Religion is Meant to be Used

Religion is Meant to be Used

[ 3 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

Many years ago I was active in the Legion of Mary, the largest apostolic organisation of lay people in the Catholic Church, with over 3 million members in almost every country of the world. One of the tasks our praesidium (local group) undertook was weekly home visitations assigned by the parish priest. We visited many […]

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

[ 16 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

Ten years ago, I crossed a modest stage in a well-lit gymnatorium at a private, Protestant school. I was one of 14 high school seniors who wore royal blue caps and gowns and breathed happy sighs of relief upon being given what meant more to us than diplomas: Freedom. For me, freedom meant transition. It […]

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Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

[ 3 ] June 25, AD 2014 |

Here are some of my tips for eating as much as you want and never worrying about weight… it’s all just added cuteness. Make sure your ingredients are all natural. I make sure mine are not processed, not artificial, straight from the source and unaltered. Nature knows best I say. Have food and drink always […]

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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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Busy Mystic

Busy Mystic

[ 2 ] June 9, AD 2014 |

I turn away with an ineffable sense of loss, From the overwhelming presence of the thunderous Dove To the silence of Monday morning push and shove. But then amid the rush and rumble and toss, In traffic, the grocery line, or while arguing with my boss I pause; and looking up I see above My […]

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Theology of Suffering

Theology of Suffering

[ 4 ] June 8, AD 2014 |

When I was a teenager and with the Boy Scouts (i.e., Venture Scouts), I went to Manatoba, Canada to do a Northern Tier trek canoeing expedition. We arrived at a small town with a population of about 90, and got on a little puddle-jumper plane that flew us over the beautiful landscape and dropped us […]

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