Category: Relationships

Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

Don’t Judge Me, Please Love Me

[ 5 ] April 6, AD 2014 |

You hear a lot of things when you walk down a hallway filled with 200 teenage girls. Some hilarious, some tragic, some ridiculous, and some beautiful. At the all-girls high school where I work, though, there is one phrase that I have heard almost every day. It’s an opening line that frustrated me to no […]

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When Other People Let Us Down

When Other People Let Us Down

[ 1 ] April 5, AD 2014 |

We all know people who have let us down at one time or another. Sometimes it is only in small matters, and other times it is in very great matters. In recent years the media has been very vocal about priests and religious in the Church who have let us down. How can it be […]

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In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

[ 9 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 I recently read the article that Sr. Theresa Noble wrote about the Duke “adult film-actress” Belle Knox and have been reflecting on it ever since. To be […]

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Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

[ 13 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

He kneels before me, taking my hand in his, and slips a ring on my finger. I look it at: it’s beautiful, so sparkly, and I’m in awe of what it symbolises. This is what love is, I think. He tells me how glad he is so that he is able to give me ring, […]

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Catholic “Baby Machines”

Catholic “Baby Machines”

[ 6 ] March 26, AD 2014 |

We’ve all heard the comments. If you are the parents of more than 2.5 children or come from a family of more than 2.5 siblings, then you’ve heard something at some point in your life. It can be a nod and a wink with a sarcastic “You guys are busy”, as if having five children […]

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In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

[ 6 ] March 22, AD 2014 |

Simcha Fisher responded to my article. Simcha Fisher. I was thrilled to hear that I’d gotten the attention of Mrs. Fisher and that she had not only read my piece, but had decided that it was good enough – or bad enough – to merit a response on her part. After reading her response and […]

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Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

[ 3 ] March 17, AD 2014 |

My heart beat a bit faster as I struggled to sit comfortably on the couch I had carelessly reclined on so many times before.  My angst made the room where we met for marriage preparation seem smaller than I recalled.  The priest who was going to celebrate our marriage would be there shortly, and I […]

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Finding Our Place: An Update

Finding Our Place: An Update

[ 0 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

I thought I would take a moment to update you on a topic near and dear to my heart. Several weeks back, I wrote an article about finding a place for my family in terms of Young Adult/Family Activities at our local parish. I expressed a concern that, as a thirty year old mother with […]

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My Desire for Marriage

My Desire for Marriage

[ 4 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

As I approach ordination to the Diaconate after 12 years in the seminary it’s easy to think about the many “what ifs” in my life. Things such as career, money, jobs, a wife, children, and even a permanent home are things I’ve given up in pursuit of this call. A call, however, is both something […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 23 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

[ 8 ] March 12, AD 2014 |

…the love my fiancé and I share is not human, it is divine. We love each other because we love God and we have discovered that in loving one another, we get to love God more fully…

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Growing In Love

Growing In Love

[ 4 ] March 7, AD 2014 |

It happens- opposites do attract. My husband and I knew that as soon as we started dating. He is a deep thinker – thoughtful, artistic, incredibly hard working – everything I am not. It was those differences that drew us together in the first place. A friend once told me not to worry about whether someone was my same temperament, […]

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When Dating Is Hard

When Dating Is Hard

[ 8 ] March 7, AD 2014 |

First, there is the question of meeting someone. And if you meet a person you like so much, and maybe they like you too, the bigger questions start to emerge. Our short-term selves may want to be in a relationship, but our long-term selves need to consider the investment dating requires of each of us. […]

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Marriage as a Vocation

Marriage as a Vocation

[ 0 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

Following the continuation from What Evangelical Catholics Can Learn from Protestants… Protestants don’t typically acknowledge any of the Sacraments except for the older denominations. Though they have valid baptisms, which the Church recognizes, they do not participate in the other Sacraments. While their marriages are not sacramental, most Protestants still uphold the traditional view of marriage […]

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Not the Most Important Day

Not the Most Important Day

[ 0 ] January 27, AD 2014 |

There is a tendency among girls and women today to think that our wedding day will be the most important day in our lives. On the surface, that makes sense, especially when we consider that we are entering the Sacrament of Marriage. But when we look deeper we find that most girls think that is […]

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Parish Life on a Military Base

Parish Life on a Military Base

[ 3 ] January 24, AD 2014 |

Military families tend to make friends quickly. When deployments and PCS’s loom large, wasting time isn’t an option. You have to make yourself available and actively seek out relationships, or you risk many years of loneliness in places far from home. Although we’ve only been living the military life for a short while, we are […]

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