Category: Life

Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

[ 1 ] November 19, AD 2014 |

I have always experienced the Rosary and its fruits as independent items, that is, when I meditate on the carrying of the Cross, I grow in the fruit of patience by exploring how patience corresponds to the act. I then move on to the Crucifixion and grow in fortitude as I contemplate His death. And […]

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Crawling to Heaven

Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

[ 2 ] November 13, AD 2014 |

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Parish Closures

Parish Closures

[ 17 ] November 11, AD 2014 |

The sad news that some 55 parishes in and around New York are going to be shuttered (or “merged” with other parishes) has been public for some time now. There are, no doubt, some people who are heartbroken by the news that their beloved parish is among those whose doors are closing. It is almost […]

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Walking Mysteries

Walking Mysteries

[ 5 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

“Anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back, and love, I believe, can never be content to stay for long where it is.” —St. Teresa of Avila Have you ever reached a point in a friendship or relationship where you begin to feel you’re running out of things to talk about? Do you […]

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To Live and To Love

To Live and To Love

[ 0 ] October 28, AD 2014 |

By now you’ve probably heard of Brittany Maynard. She is a young woman who will be preemptively ending her life on November 1 through physician-assisted suicide. She said she wishes to spare her family and herself the pain and suffering that would lie ahead for them because of her brain cancer. Certainly this is a […]

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Catholic Canines

Catholic Canines

[ 4 ] October 22, AD 2014 |

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting […]

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Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

[ 1 ] October 19, AD 2014 |

Everyone likes to hear the words, “Thank you.” Here is why deep down we all recognize a personal God.

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Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

Death With Dignity or Assisted Suicide?

[ 6 ] October 15, AD 2014 |

Last week, a viral story started making the rounds about a young woman named Brittany Maynard, a 29 year-old newlywed who was diagnosed with brain cancer in January. After an initial diagnosis of having possibly ten years left to live, her doctors later revised the estimation (in light of the severity of her cancer) to six months. […]

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It Isn’t Mine

It Isn’t Mine

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2014 |

There is a tendency in ministry to talk about what we do as “ours” or “mine”. I’ve fallen into that trap more times than I can count. My ministry is growing or my program has seen much change and improvement. Wrong. This ministry I’m blessed to work with isn’t mine. It is God’s – He just lets me be […]

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Beware what Crosses the Jordan

Beware what Crosses the Jordan

[ 1 ] September 28, AD 2014 |

The following was a reflection I prepared for my prayer group, but I am also indebted to them for some of the insights that followed. The following Scripture, from Joshua 7:1-9, sets the stage for this reflection. But the Israelites acted treacherously with regard to the ban; Achan, son of Carmi, son of Zabdi, son […]

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There Are No ‘Gay’ People

There Are No ‘Gay’ People

[ 14 ] September 19, AD 2014 |

The words ‘hashtag’, ‘selfie’ and ‘tweep’ were among 150 new words added to the Merriam-Webster’s dictionary this year, and with selfies being taken by everyone from Barack Obama to Pope Francis to Kim Kardashian, it’s little wonder this word is among those making the list. While the evolution of language has, with technology, become all […]

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The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

[ 1 ] September 17, AD 2014 |

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we seek to help […]

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The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the Poor

[ 5 ] September 12, AD 2014 |

Warning: This article deals with infant death and parent grief. Recently Travis and I found ourselves at the hospital at the orthopedic surgeon’s office again. This time with a two day old baby whose left foot was twisted and deformed and needed to be set in a plaster cast. While there we met a little girl […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 5 ] September 1, AD 2014 |

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

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New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

[ 10 ] August 30, AD 2014 |

One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. […]

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