Category: Relationships

Sheep Among Wolves

Sheep Among Wolves

[ 4 ] March 25, AD 2015 |

“‘Thomas! Thomas!’ two snickering friars called, rousing their brother who was bent over his books. ‘Look out the window—there are pigs flying about in the sky!’ Thomas rose at once and bounced to the window incredulously. The friars laughed. Putting the finishing touch on the jest, the saint responded, ‘I would rather believe that pigs can fly […]

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On Family

On Family

[ 1 ] March 23, AD 2015 |

Family, it seems, is an ever-changing concept in my world as of late. While it is always changing, it is also growing. In an obvious way, it grew when I got married. Before I had no one I could call “sister” in that sense, and now I have two sisters. I’ve got cousins and family […]

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What my Confessor Taught Me about Parenting my “Bad Sleeper”

What my Confessor Taught Me about Parenting my “Bad Sleeper”

[ 4 ] March 21, AD 2015 |

I went to Confession one recent Saturday morning, planning on receiving the sacrament before Mass. As I drove to the church, I was doing my examination of conscience, and growing increasingly nervous. When I arrived at the church, it was dark and empty – except for the priest praying his Liturgy of the Hours in […]

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Pull Your Weight

Pull Your Weight

[ 3 ] March 16, AD 2015 |

Life has brought a lot of changes for me over the last year. This time last year I was a Green Beret, deployed with my team to the Philippines, doing stuff and things. I was working out two hours a day, training in shooting, explosives, hand-to-hand combat, combat medicine, and other fun pastimes that go […]

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My Husband Isn’t Trained

My Husband Isn’t Trained

[ 3 ] February 23, AD 2015 |

My husband isn’t trained to pause his video game and come downstairs to greet me when I get home after a long day. My husband isn’t trained to take out the trash. My husband isn’t trained to put his dishes in the dishwasher and set it to run. My husband isn’t trained to pray with […]

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When Waiting is Really Hard

When Waiting is Really Hard

[ 6 ] February 20, AD 2015 |

In reaction to the increasing physical immorality spreading through society today, and in an attempt to counter the message  constantly being sold through advertising, movies, music, and even best-selling books that says sexual intimacy is not only okay, but expected, outside of marriage, the Catholic online world has been buzzing with all sorts of articles […]

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Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

[ 11 ] February 14, AD 2015 |

I’ve never been in a violent or abusive relationship – not physically, emotionally, psychologically, or sexually – and for that I am truly and eternally grateful. But I have been without self-esteem or confidence, I have been desperate, I have been violent towards myself, and, most tragically, I have been an addict. It has been […]

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Why English is the Best Language to Talk About “Love”

Why English is the Best Language to Talk About “Love”

[ 2 ] February 14, AD 2015 |

I’m sure you’ve heard it. Your Spanish or French or German speaking friends have mentioned that English is just lacking when it comes to “love.” Maybe you heard in a homily or a talk at a retreat all about the top three Greek words for love (philia, agape, eros), or the seemingly endless list of Latin terms […]

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Love Calls Us to Empathy

Love Calls Us to Empathy

[ 1 ] February 12, AD 2015 |

There is a stereotype, probably justified, of the angst-ridden teenager who cries, “No one understands me.” No matter are age, we all feel this adolescent attitude from time to time.  But if we let that feeling fester, it can turn from self-pity into the sin of self-absorption. Like all sin, it not only separates us […]

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A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

[ 1 ] February 12, AD 2015 |

If you are a warm-blooded, sentient, and rational American who desires to love and be loved, then you have probably experienced at some point in your life a profusion of emotions in the days leading up to and on Valentine’s Day. How could you not? From the time of our youth and continuing all the way through adulthood, there is […]

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The Ministry of Food

The Ministry of Food

[ 5 ] February 11, AD 2015 |

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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Is the Catholic Church Obsessed with Sex?

Is the Catholic Church Obsessed with Sex?

[ 6 ] January 10, AD 2015 |

Without a doubt, the articles I write which attract the most feedback (positive or negative) are always those that discuss sexual morality and the Catholic Church. Nothing seems to raise the emotions of people more than knowing that the Catholic Church has an opinion on sex. And while it may seem that issues such as […]

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3 Ways Families Can Serve Singles

3 Ways Families Can Serve Singles

[ 2 ] January 7, AD 2015 |

The family is the domestic church. As a part of the larger Church, we too are called to evangelize. Yet often families do not feel like they have the time nor the energy to evangelize. However, there is an easy way to evangelize without leaving the comforts of home: invite a single friend over for […]

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Passing On Motherhood

Passing On Motherhood

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2015 |

I’ve always loved my mom. It could be that hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t remember my teenage years being awful. My mom and I had our spats, but on the whole I think we got along fairly well. Even in college – halfway across the country – we’d have our tiffs, but at the […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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The Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |

My husband and I are currently navigating our way through our first holiday season as a married couple. Many life lessons learned, many tears of frustration shed, and I’m sure there will be more. There have also been many moments of joy, laughter, and peace, and I know there will be more of those as […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

Why I Got Married in a Church

[ 3 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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To The Mothers In Church

To The Mothers In Church

[ 1 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

Dear Moms who bring their kids to daily Mass, Church, adoration, and other church-ly activities, Thanks. Thanks for being an inspiration to women like me who are getting ready to start our own little screaming, crying, talk-whenever-they-want, make-all-kinds-of-bodily-noises brood. The fact that you bring your one (or seven, or somewhere in between) children to daily […]

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A Servant’s Heart

A Servant’s Heart

[ 2 ] December 12, AD 2014 |

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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Should All Catholics Homeschool?

Should All Catholics Homeschool?

[ 26 ] November 22, AD 2014 |

My facebook feed lit up the other night after I re-posted this little ditty about homeschooling. I must admit, I wasn’t ready for the breadth and depth that the combox would supply. But, as is custom when the trademark blue facebook bar bears the resemblance of the first layer of flame on the wick, I […]

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Waking Up to Your Vocation

Waking Up to Your Vocation

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2014 |

“Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing…” As a mom to a toddler and a preschooler, I spend a lot of time listening to “kids’ songs.” So it isn’t surprising that I was thinking about the words to “Frere Jacques” the other day.  In the English translation most of us sing about how “morning […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

Making Your Home Parish “Home”

[ 2 ] November 16, AD 2014 |

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

Why I Did Invite Family and Friends to My Wedding

[ 3 ] November 14, AD 2014 |

There’s an article doing the rounds on Social Media at the moment. It is titled “Why I Didn’t Invite Family Or Friends To My Wedding”. And that’s great. But here’s why I did invite family and friends (and lots of them, we come from big families) to my our wedding. After four years of dating, […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

[ 2 ] November 13, AD 2014 |

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Walking Mysteries

Walking Mysteries

[ 5 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

“Anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back, and love, I believe, can never be content to stay for long where it is.” —St. Teresa of Avila Have you ever reached a point in a friendship or relationship where you begin to feel you’re running out of things to talk about? Do you […]

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