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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Telos: For This I Was Made

September 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Telos: For This I Was Made

I once read an article where the author questioned the social convention of introducing people by their name and occupation. She pointed out that it can be a limiting way of getting to know a person, because you immediately make assumptions about them based on their job. Instead of delineating a friend by their employment, […]

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Tactical Pause

May 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Tactical Pause

Once upon a time, out near Texas somewhere, I was conducting a training exercise. It was a an IED response/mass casualty lane and one of the casualties was going downhill fast (there was a malfunction when the lane trainers had set it up and it was dying a lot faster than they had planned). My […]

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Work, Play, and Science

January 26, AD 2016 2 Comments
Work, Play, and Science

The other day, I saw an article making rounds through my facebook’s news feed about a brilliant young woman whom “Harvard believes is the next Einstein.” Having nothing better to do—I was recovering from a minor surgery—and since I generally enjoy topics of interest to the world of physics, I read the article. The young […]

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Leveling Up

December 14, AD 2015 1 Comment
Leveling Up

My mom posted this image on my facebook wall this morning. It was undoubtedly the mysterious and ironic workings of Providence that prompted her to do so, because as it so happened I had been contemplating that exact idea for several weeks, off and on. More ironically still, I had been thinking about it at […]

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New Year’s Dreams

January 8, AD 2015 1 Comment
New Year’s Dreams

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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A Servant’s Heart

December 12, AD 2014 2 Comments
A Servant’s Heart

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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Catholic in the Cubicle: Setting up your Work Space

April 30, AD 2014 2 Comments
Catholic in the Cubicle: Setting up your Work Space

The layout of a space matters. Just look at the time companies spend designing their headquarters. From cube farms to wide open areas, offices are designed to create a particular culture at a company. You too can create a specific culture focused on Christ within your work space. Since a typical office worker spends more time […]

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Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle

March 5, AD 2014 22 Comments
Three Ways to Be Catholic at the Cubicle

A few weeks ago, I was reading an excerpt about how a man chose to serve as a missionary on a college campus following graduation. He said that he decided to become a missionary because he wanted to something meaningful with his life and not just push papers in an office.  As an office worker […]

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Is Religious Life Repulsive?

January 18, AD 2014 33 Comments
Is Religious Life Repulsive?

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three vows—poverty, chastity, and obedience—and each of these vows is repulsive […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

January 17, AD 2014 4 Comments
Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

January 4, AD 2014 13 Comments
Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

In the last few years, a preferred topic of journalistic inquiry amongst concerned Baby Boomers and Gen Xers is the unique situation caused by the invasion of the workforce by Millenials. Born from the early 80s to the early aughts, Millenials bear the positive distinction of being among the most idealistic and socially conscious generations […]

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Proof of God via Business Consultant

November 19, AD 2013 6 Comments
Proof of God via Business Consultant

In my discussion with atheists, the atheist always wants to see proof of God’s existence. If I cannot provide scientific data, then he makes the claim that I believe in a fairy tale or that I am delusional. I think G.K. Chesterton is right, I do believe in fairy tales because I believe in dragons […]

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The Biggest Announcement I Have Ever Made

October 19, AD 2013 1 Comment
The Biggest Announcement I Have Ever Made

Since Feb. 28, 2013 — the last day of Pope Benedict’s papacy — I’ve been harboring a secret. A secret I’m ready to share. I sat that morning at the kitchen table, typing grateful Tweets to the pope and waiting to receive news that would make or break my day (and potentially change my life). […]

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