Category: Life

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

[ 2 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe, […]

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Beating a Dead Horse for Life

Beating a Dead Horse for Life

[ 5 ] April 16, AD 2014 |

The other day I got into one of those unfortunate situations known as a Facebook debate. Like reality television series, they are easy to be sucked into, nearly impossible to stop, and leave you wondering where the last hour and a half of your life went. On my Facebook page, I posted this article about […]

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Reflection on the Holy Land

Reflection on the Holy Land

[ 0 ] April 15, AD 2014 |

When visiting my family in March I received many questions concerning “What was your favorite part of the Holy Land?” Perhaps they were looking for certain answers concerning beautiful places. I admit that swimming in the Dead Sea was a neat experience and seeing Middle Eastern markets, landscapes, and people were interesting as well. This […]

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Nothing Changes

Nothing Changes

[ 3 ] April 10, AD 2014 |

By now, those who have been monitoring the events in the Philippines know that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional the Reproductive Health Law except for eight provisions. In a nutshell, this means that state-sponsored, state-subsidized contraception remains in place. However, the nullification of certain provisions of the law means, among other things, that private […]

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A Philosophy of Style

A Philosophy of Style

[ 2 ] April 9, AD 2014 |

As Catholics, we know that we have a call to be “in the world, not of the world.” I find that many use this catchy phrase as a way to relieve some of the burden of living in the world, reminding us that living in the secular world is temporary and we can make it. […]

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NCAA Basketball and Seeking Glory

NCAA Basketball and Seeking Glory

[ 1 ] April 8, AD 2014 |

By the time you are reading this, we will have crowned a new NCAA champion; since the final four has not yet happened while I write, that team could be Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin, or Connecticut. Most of us are familiar with the events which will happen this weekend: Saturday night will have two games (one […]

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Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

[ 5 ] April 6, AD 2014 |

You hear a lot of things when you walk down a hallway filled with 200 teenage girls. Some hilarious, some tragic, some ridiculous, and some beautiful. At the all-girls high school where I work, though, there is one phrase that I have heard almost every day. It’s an opening line that frustrated me to no […]

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When Other People Let Us Down

When Other People Let Us Down

[ 1 ] April 5, AD 2014 |

We all know people who have let us down at one time or another. Sometimes it is only in small matters, and other times it is in very great matters. In recent years the media has been very vocal about priests and religious in the Church who have let us down. How can it be […]

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In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

[ 9 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 I recently read the article that Sr. Theresa Noble wrote about the Duke “adult film-actress” Belle Knox and have been reflecting on it ever since. To be […]

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The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

[ 17 ] April 1, AD 2014 |

*Warning* I’m an unabashed fan of hockey. I am biased, and I do believe hockey is not only the best sport but the most analogous to Catholicism. Imagine my delight when I discovered Alyssa Bormes book, “The Catechism of Hockey,” which is published by The American Chesterton Society. It’s a delightful book, but maybe more […]

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It’s Spring, Let’s All Freak Out About Modesty!

It’s Spring, Let’s All Freak Out About Modesty!

[ 6 ] April 1, AD 2014 |

It finally seems like the harsh winter is coming to a close. It sure has been a rough one, hasn’t it? All those frigid temperatures and mountains of snow… Anyways, now we can look forward to warmer weather and the promise of summer peaking over the horizon. Another thing we can look forward to is […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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Catholic “Baby Machines”

Catholic “Baby Machines”

[ 6 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

We’ve all heard the comments. If you are the parents of more than 2.5 children or come from a family of more than 2.5 siblings, then you’ve heard something at some point in your life. It can be a nod and a wink with a sarcastic “You guys are busy”, as if having five children […]

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I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

[ 2 ] March 20, AD 2014 |

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a […]

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Finding Our Place: An Update

Finding Our Place: An Update

[ 0 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

I thought I would take a moment to update you on a topic near and dear to my heart. Several weeks back, I wrote an article about finding a place for my family in terms of Young Adult/Family Activities at our local parish. I expressed a concern that, as a thirty year old mother with […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 23 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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