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How to Pray When You’re Sick

April 13, AD 2016 1 Comment
How to Pray When You’re Sick

Whenever I have a cold or stomachache, or when I’m feeling exhausted and overwhelmed, I struggle to pray the way I normally do. But I know that in those moments, I shouldn’t just give up prayer altogether. In those times especially, I am in particular need of God’s guidance and grace, and even though I […]

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

January 12, AD 2016 0 Comments
Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger

New year, new you!—a motto that makes me want to vomit. What’s so great about a new me if I couldn’t even love the old me? And thinking that I’d have to create a new me every year just makes my anxiety flare. Lose that weight, make that money, achieve that goal, by all means! […]

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Resolutions and Virtues Part 2: Virtues as Moral Help

January 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Resolutions and Virtues Part 2: Virtues as Moral Help

In my previous column, I discussed the cardinal virtues and stated that they could be of some benefit to us in keeping our New Year’s resolutions [1]. I did not, however, discuss how (or why) the virtues are beneficial t us in this way. So where do these virtues tie in to our new year’s […]

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Take Care of the Body, Take Care of the Soul

November 7, AD 2015 0 Comments
Take Care of the Body, Take Care of the Soul

Last month I joined a Beachbody challenge group with some women from college. I have some weight to lose and have some other fitness goals—not to mention that regular exercise and healthy eating are great ways to combat anxiety and depression—and I thought, what better way to do this than with women I already know […]

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The Sugar Sacrifice: Who Will Win?

June 9, AD 2015 9 Comments
The Sugar Sacrifice: Who Will Win?

A while back, the associate pastor at our church announced that he would be taking three months off to go to Mexico. Now, before you sigh with envy and work to painstakingly squelch your urge to covet, Father isn’t off to bask in the luxury of carefree relaxation in Cabo. On the contrary, he is probably working harder than […]

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Pray, Read and Exercise: We Have the Time

April 13, AD 2015 2 Comments
Pray, Read and Exercise: We Have the Time

Since becoming a father I can’t even count the number of times I have heard variations of “Oh, you’ll see, just wait. Once you have kids all of that (exercise, holy hour, reading, blogging, etc.) goes out the window. You won’t have time for that any more.” Actually, it started before Evie came along. It […]

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Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

February 25, AD 2015 7 Comments
Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

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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The Ministry of Food

February 11, AD 2015 5 Comments
The Ministry of Food

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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Natural Family Planning is Hard

August 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Natural Family Planning is Hard

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

July 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

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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Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

June 25, AD 2014 3 Comments
Look Really Cute and Eat All You Want

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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Just Food Is Not Enough!

May 28, AD 2014 1 Comment
Just Food Is Not Enough!

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several routines for feeding and sleeping from newborn to one year. I made little “cheat sheets” of printed out routines, ready to go and ready to follow. However, I started becoming […]

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St. John Paul II on Depression

May 22, AD 2014 3 Comments
St. John Paul II on Depression

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since this website features the Catholic perspective on young adult concerns, and since depression is a growing mental health concern among young adults, I decided to write about the address of Pope (now Saint) John Paul II to participants in the 18th International Congress promoted by the Pontifical Council […]

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NCAA Basketball and Seeking Glory

April 8, AD 2014 1 Comment
NCAA Basketball and Seeking Glory

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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The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

April 1, AD 2014 22 Comments
The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

*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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