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Time in Prayer this Year

January 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Time in Prayer this Year

One of the questions I struggle with sometimes is how much time I ought to be spending in prayer on a daily basis. This is not surprising: my personality has been shaped by an ingrained emphasis on the value of time since I was a child. My dad especially shaped my notions of the proper […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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The Hipster Nativity Set

December 6, AD 2016 8 Comments
The Hipster Nativity Set

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was the Nativity scenes. From the teeny-tiny one on my family’s home altar to the life-sized diorama at the Church of St. Alphonsus, carvings of the Holy Family brought the story of the Incarnation to life. This morning I awoke to the sight of a […]

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Loneliness & Communion

December 1, AD 2016 1 Comment
Loneliness & Communion

Loneliness has two faces. One is human loneliness, and the other is loneliness for the divine. “My heart shall not rest until it rest in Thee.” Human loneliness is painful and tears one apart sometimes, blurring the face of a divine loneliness that Christ sends. Tenderness, gentleness and understanding help us to live in both […]

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Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

November 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Beyond Me, My Selfie, and I: A Review of Teresa Tomeo’s Latest Book

In this technology-saturated world, Teresa Tomeo speaks from personal experience and candid observation on what we all need to do to be better followers of Christ. It all stemmed from a trip to Italy. While seeing the sights, she couldn’t help but notice a couple of young people absorbed by their phones. What true reality […]

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Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

November 11, AD 2016 0 Comments
Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I was on recently, was witnessing married couples renew their marriage vows in Cana of Galilee, the site where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast to which He and Mary were invited. A church now stands at the site. It […]

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Perception and Pain

November 8, AD 2016 1 Comment
Perception and Pain

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. —G. K. Chesterton When I was little, one of my favorite fairy tales was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a deeply Christian story. In short, it is about two children, Kay and Gerda, who are best friends until […]

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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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Evie Help!

September 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
Evie Help!

I am late writing this blog because I have been busy this week. I am almost always busy, but this week is busier than most because I have used 5 weeks of my vacation on essentially one of the dozen or so projects, and I had to finish all the rest of the projects in […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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Princess Esther and Saying Yes to Adoption

July 13, AD 2016 1 Comment
Princess Esther and Saying Yes to Adoption

You may not be able to create life, but you can almost always save one. If you say yes.

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What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

June 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

(This post originally appeared on www.yellowpelican.net) It started with an episode of the Magic School Bus and ended with a trip to Urgent Care. Last summer, we had just moved to a new city and had minimal resources – a couple new friends and no real knowledge of the area. I had a six month […]

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The Pursuit of Purpose

May 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Pursuit of Purpose

A few weeks ago I had to make a trip back to the place of my origin as a Special Forces Soldier, a.k.a. Fort Bragg, North Carolina. While there I was able to chat with my younger brother Matthew, who is the last of the brothers still on active duty, although his time is winding […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

May 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

When Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the mainstream media and major Catholic websites were all over it, highlighting the broad structure of the document and, mostly, focusing on the tricky issue of just what exactly Chapter 8 of the text means.  If that’s the type of article you’re looking for, look elsewhere. […]

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Tactical Pause

May 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Tactical Pause

Once upon a time, out near Texas somewhere, I was conducting a training exercise. It was a an IED response/mass casualty lane and one of the casualties was going downhill fast (there was a malfunction when the lane trainers had set it up and it was dying a lot faster than they had planned). My […]

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