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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 0 Comments
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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Your Vocation is Your Mission

April 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Your Vocation is Your Mission

On the First Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He astonished them with the reality of His Triumph over death, calmed them with His Peace, and directly informed them that they were going on a mission. And this […]

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Lessons From a Roof

October 14, AD 2015 0 Comments
Lessons From a Roof

A few months ago, my husband and I agreed to re-do the roof on the outreach and hospitality house we run for the Parish in town. We are not inexperienced construction workers. We’ve worked on dozens of houses, tackled problems of every type and ability level, and know this house inside and out. Despite the […]

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Sometimes the Problem… isn’t the Problem

September 21, AD 2015 0 Comments
Sometimes the Problem… isn’t the Problem

I got off active duty almost a year ago now, and last week I have been reminded of one of the many reasons why. Since I remained in the National Guard I still have certain obligations to uphold, which involve periodic training, and the occasional trip. Last week I had to fly to Fort Bragg, […]

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Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

August 2, AD 2014 40 Comments
Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

Everything Pope Francis says is always so heartfelt, so quotable, so real. Reading through all of the speeches, homilies and messages that he gives is a real treat. If you don’t already, I recommend reading up on his activities at the Vatican website. Or check out news on Vatican Radio, News.Va or get the free Pope App. Whatever way you choose to […]

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In Memoriam

May 25, AD 2014 5 Comments
In Memoriam

He hated tattoos, my paternal grandfather. He died when I was 11, but I remember a conversation, one of many had during summer visits to their home, when he told me of his aversion of tattoos. You see, he was there, at Buchenwald. He walked into that stinking pit of hell, wearing Army fatigues and […]

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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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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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Beautiful Day

September 30, AD 2013 0 Comments
Beautiful Day

*Warning: This Post Mentions Gynecological Medical Procedures.*     Today was one of those days; those days when I get up at 3:00 A.M. with less than five hours of sleep behind me. I could have gone to bed earlier, but I believe that spending time with my future wife is important, so I didn’t. […]

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Can I Employ Someone as a Doormat?

September 21, AD 2013 7 Comments
Can I Employ Someone as a Doormat?

Have you ever walked through the city and seen those people holding signs advertising something? They can be found on busy street corners or open air shopping malls. Their signs point the way to a restaurant lunch deal, the nearest bottle shop or cheap parking. You might have similarly seen someone outside a pizza shop […]

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Living for the Weekend

August 25, AD 2013 0 Comments
Living for the Weekend

We all know people – in fact you may be one of those people – who live for the weekend. Every work place has people who function like countdown clocks perennially sharing the news of how much time is left before Friday rolls around. Mondays are the most painful day of the week because it […]

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In Blackwater Woods

November 12, AD 2012 2 Comments
In Blackwater Woods

November is, for me, a month associated with death and dying. On November 1, we celebrate the feast of the all the Saints. In addition to celebration, I remember the due date of the baby we lost. He would have turned three on November 1, 2012. How fitting that the 2nd is a day of […]

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Post-Election Anxiety?

November 8, AD 2012 2 Comments
Post-Election Anxiety?

One of the rather frequent conversation topics I’ve participated in has to do with dealing with anxiety about the future.  In particular I’ve talked with a number of soon-to-be doctorates and professionals who confess a particular anxiety about what life will be like post-graduation.  When one considers how life has worked up till that point […]

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