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Parents Are An Image of God

September 20, AD 2016 1 Comment
Parents Are An Image of God

The image of God that parents can portray is meant to make a mark in the hearts and memories of the children it serves. In this way, parents will do much more in the lives of their kids by leaving with them a living impression of God in a way that is impossible for anything […]

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The Time I Didn’t Evangelize My Doctor

June 22, AD 2016 4 Comments
The Time I Didn’t Evangelize My Doctor

A couple of weeks ago, while traveling for a friend’s wedding, I suddenly developed what can only be described as a mini Mount Vesuvius on my knee. The random, swollen, fluid-filled monstrosity eventually became bad enough (because my “oh, it’ll go away….duh!” mentality didn’t work), that when we got home I went in to see […]

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The Holy Imperfect Woman

June 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Holy Imperfect Woman

If you’re a woman, I’m willing to bet that you have struggled with trying to be some definition of “perfect” at one point or another.  In secular society, it’s easy to see how rampant female perfectionism is. So many of us strive to attain the perfect body, find the perfect job, or be the perfect […]

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Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

February 9, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

I was reflecting on my first month of the new year and my resolution/theme of “stronger.” I’ve been going to the gym a lot this month and can see so much physical change in my body, along with emotional and mental change and discipline. But as I was reflecting on all this, my thoughts turned to […]

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Infertility in the Christmas Season

January 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Infertility in the Christmas Season

I recently finished weaning my toddler, my second born. When her sister was her age (nearly two and a half) she not only had been weaned for months, but I was also nearly halfway through my pregnancy with my youngest. I had always assumed that I would be pregnant again, by the time that I […]

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Learning from the Moms

October 28, AD 2015 0 Comments
Learning from the Moms

I’m a new priest and I have a lot to learn. Of course, working in a parish affords me many opportunities to work with different and diverse groups of people. A group of mothers approached me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to lead a book discussion for them. I […]

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Modesty: More Than Meets The Eye

August 6, AD 2015 1 Comment
Modesty: More Than Meets The Eye

“Modesty is more than a fashion statement, it’s a daily decision to dress like the child of God you are…” In order for one to dress in a spirit of modesty, we must first understand why. Why should I care about what I wear and how I wear it? When we hear the word modesty, […]

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I’m Single and I Use NFP

August 1, AD 2015 10 Comments
I’m Single and I Use NFP

It was a few years ago when my interest in Natural Family Planning (NFP) was sparked. I was intrigued by the concept of truly understanding your body and its happenings while also being able to identify fertility markers. But as much as I thought it all sounded interesting, I never imagined that I’d dive into […]

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The Feminist Case Against Womenpriests

July 30, AD 2015 18 Comments
The Feminist Case Against Womenpriests

To some in the Church, “Father knows best” is seen as fundamental to Catholicism. I’m not referring to our biological fathers, but to our religious fathers who lead us in the Sacraments every day. This belief endows these men of God absolute authority in everything, especially anything related to the Church. In this mentality, we […]

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Keep Your Emotions In Check

July 10, AD 2015 1 Comment
Keep Your Emotions In Check

“Become the woman of your dreams, then you will attract the man of your dreams.” -Sarah Swafford  Emotional chastity is not to prevent love, it’s to give you authentic love. Emotional chastity, like physical chastity, requires discipline. We all have sexual desires, but by living out the virtue of chastity, we don’t let those desires […]

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Women, God Does Not Make Mistakes

June 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Women, God Does Not Make Mistakes

In a society which tells women they are simply the sum of their parts—that all it takes for even a man to become a cover-worthy woman are the right curves in the right places—women are having an increasingly hard time feeling good about themselves. Between advertisements and social media, women feel like they are not […]

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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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The Catholic Church and the Inherent Dignity of Women

June 4, AD 2015 56 Comments
The Catholic Church and the Inherent Dignity of Women

American culture, through generations of inherited ignorance, perpetuates many false ideas about the Catholic Church’s teachings about women.  You can find the caricatures in almost any television series or movie with so-called Catholic characters: the crotchety ruler-wielding nun, the kilted Catholic high school student who is secretly a “bad girl,” the denim-jumper-clad homeschooling mother of a dozen […]

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10 Steps to Beat Pornography

May 2, AD 2015 1 Comment
10 Steps to Beat Pornography

Pornography is a big problem in modern society. Actually, no. Pornography is a huge problem in modern society. Did you know that 10-15% of all search engine requests and 20% of smart phone searches are for pornography? Studies show that 90% of boys and 60% of girls are exposed to pornography before they are 18 […]

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A Couch Is NOT a Promise

April 16, AD 2015 11 Comments
A Couch Is NOT a Promise

Not too long ago, my best friend moved in with her boyfriend. It’s a big deal: this is her third long-term, serious relationship, but the first one she felt confident enough in to say, “Hey, I like you so much, I’m going to live with you.” I have very mixed feelings about this whole thing. […]

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