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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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The Trouble with Time

April 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Trouble with Time

“I’m sorry—I just don’t have time!” How often have we heard words like these—and how often do we express this lack ourselves! At least, I know I constantly sense the pressure of varieties of responsibilities and needs that seem to take up all my time, and more besides. Yet, we are all called to generosity […]

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The Key to Happiness: Relationships

March 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Key to Happiness: Relationships

A while back a friend sent me a TED talk about a study on happiness. The results did not surprise me, but confirmed exactly what I’ve been pondering on for the past few years: relationships are what make us happy, their quality and quantity. I would add even more to that: relationships are what we […]

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Let Him Serve You

March 14, AD 2016 0 Comments
Let Him Serve You

My husband – much like his father – gets things done on his own time schedule. If I ask him to fold the laundry or wash the dishes, he will do it, but perhaps not in the time frame I would desire. In certain instances this has been a struggle in our marriage because I […]

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The Importance of Childhood

March 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Importance of Childhood

A very wise teacher once told me that “good things are hard.” While rich with fulfillment and abounding with joy, parenting is definitely something that fits the bill as a great good while being extremely difficult at the same time (like putting clothes on a toddler who is running away from you difficult). However, it […]

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Marriage, Parenting and Drifting Standards

March 7, AD 2016 0 Comments
Marriage, Parenting and Drifting Standards

“Many of us have had the experience of living in some local pocket of human society – some particular school, college, regiment or profession where the tone was bad. And inside that pocket certain actions were regarded as merely normal (‘Everyone does it’) and certain others as impracticably virtuous and Quixotic. But when we emerged […]

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Salvation through Wrinkles

March 3, AD 2016 2 Comments
Salvation through Wrinkles

“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion. I prefer a man and a woman, don Aniceto and his wife, with faces that are wrinkled due to the daily struggles over the fifty years of strong married love; and […]

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The Sensitive Child and Lent

March 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Sensitive Child and Lent

Lent is one of my favorite times of the Church year. There is a lot of richness in these forty days, and so much opportunity for family and personal faith development. But, Lent and Easter can also be a challenge to teach children about, especially if you have a sensitive child. I was a sensitive child […]

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How My Family Keeps Lent Interesting

February 15, AD 2016 1 Comment
How My Family Keeps Lent Interesting

A few years ago, my wife and I got creative with our Lenten sacrifices.  It was an idea I had, loosely based on a Holy Week retreat I once went on when I was an undergraduate.  The idea is simple, but that’s what makes it so awesome. Many people enter Lent rather blindsided (it creeps […]

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The Spirituality of the Parent

February 1, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Spirituality of the Parent

Don’t doubt it: your vocation is the greatest grace our Lord could have given you. Thank Him for it. -St. Josemaria Escriva I know this might not be true for everyone, but I need to admit that the ordinariness of the married vocation blinds me every now and then and I forget that this exact […]

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Your Vocation Is To Love

January 25, AD 2016 2 Comments
Your Vocation Is To Love

I’ve noticed that so many young Catholics have an inordinate amount anxiety about their vocations. I definitely put myself into this category. When I understood that my vocation was to the married life, it felt like I spent every waking moment worrying about it. Was this particular person “The One”? Was this other particular person […]

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Single on Valentine’s Day? Transform It with God’s Love

January 25, AD 2016 1 Comment
Single on Valentine’s Day? Transform It with God’s Love

January was only halfway over when I saw it: a dismal post on social media about being single on Valentine’s Day. Being single when so many people have a “significant other” can be very hard. Until I got married a few years ago, I was single. Even though I was not interested in dating for […]

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Rediscovering the Vocation of Homemaking

January 18, AD 2016 3 Comments
Rediscovering the Vocation of Homemaking

I’ve been mulling over a lot of things lately, but one thread that runs through all the variables in my life right now is simple: home. My husband (who recently defended his doctoral dissertation) has applied to jobs in a number of different places. We’ve developed our own little ritual, one that I’m sure is […]

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