Category: Relationships

Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

[ 5 ] June 4, AD 2014 |

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about mixed marriages–from friends, from Catholic bloggers, etc etc.  I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a little about them before but always hesitated because I didn’t want to write something like a diatribe, or something painfully tangential.  And I will say at the beginning of this article that […]

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Celibates Make Great Parents

Celibates Make Great Parents

[ 8 ] June 1, AD 2014 |

There are a few things that I do every day. I brush my teeth. I drink a cup, or three, of coffee. I check my e-mail, and I kiss and pinch the cheeks of my two sons. As most parents would testify, I love my children. I love their laughs, their hugs. I love seeing […]

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“Spice Up Your Marriage”: A [Man’s] Review

“Spice Up Your Marriage”: A [Man’s] Review

[ 4 ] May 28, AD 2014 |

Hallie Lord’s new e-book Spice Up Your Marriage turns up the heat. In a 28 day challenge, she offers tips and ideas that will rekindle low burning flames or ignite candles into torches. Yes, the book is mainly for women but it is only a man that can testify to its veracity. My wife and […]

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Just Food Is Not Enough!

Just Food Is Not Enough!

[ 1 ] May 28, AD 2014 |

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several routines for feeding and sleeping from newborn to one year. I made little “cheat sheets” of printed out routines, ready to go and ready to follow. However, I started becoming […]

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A Letter to Silence and Solitude

A Letter to Silence and Solitude

[ 2 ] May 24, AD 2014 |

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our time together has been invaded by four sweet and energetic children who are under the […]

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Don’t bury St. Joseph

Don’t bury St. Joseph

[ 35 ] May 23, AD 2014 |

My husband and I recently sold our home after several months of it being on the market. In the process there were a lot of people, Catholic and non-Catholic alike, who asked if we were going to bury a statue of St. Joseph in our yard. Simple answer: no. Now, I don’t want to mislead […]

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Six Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married, a Response to Huffington Post

Six Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married, a Response to Huffington Post

[ 10 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

The Huffington Post recently released an article titled “10 Reasons It’s Totally Fine to Never Get Married.”  The reasons are as bad as you might be thinking. Reasons like: – “For men, being married could be connected to being overweight.” – “Most people aren’t in a hurry to get married anymore.” – “Marriage can present a […]

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Those That Came Before

Those That Came Before

[ 1 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

To all of those who came before: Thank you. Thank you for having the courage to end things, even though it may have been hard. Thank you for recognizing that I wasn’t “The One,” even if I told you that idea was insane. Thank you for letting me go so that God could bring something […]

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Setting the Example

Setting the Example

[ 0 ] May 15, AD 2014 |

There’s a young couple at church that we like hanging out with.  They’re in their twenties and just starting out, but so smart and fun that they just are miles and years ahead of where we were at that age. They don’t treat us like the old fogeys we are, who wouldn’t like that? Last […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

[ 3 ] May 5, AD 2014 |

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….” -Matthew 5:8 One of the paintings that is most dear to my heart is Diego Velazquez’s The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas. For anyone who has struggled with sexual sins, I think this work has the power to evoke many different feelings. In it I […]

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Thoughts On Being Alone

Thoughts On Being Alone

[ 4 ] May 3, AD 2014 |

I sit today in a silent church, the only one in the pew. The only one in the building. I think about the time I was a bridesmaid, buzzed because of a drink but sobered by my status: Single. The only single person in the bridal party. Totally unattached, no prospects. I shook it off, […]

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In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

In Defense of the Family: The Destruction of Divorce

[ 17 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

Divorce is an unnatural occurrence. At least, it should be. Unfortunately, we don’t all view marriage through the lens of the Church. We don’t all see marriage as an unbreakable commitment, a Sacrament, or a holy union created by God. Instead, in these modern times, many of us see it as a contract, an agreement, […]

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Easter Triduum Family Traditions

Easter Triduum Family Traditions

[ 1 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

This year, the biggest feast of Christendom happened to fall on the date of our parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. I find the coincidence fitting. The wedding of our parents forty years ago marked the beginning of the transmission of life and faith to us, their children. Among the happy family memories we recall together with […]

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The Application of Style

The Application of Style

[ 0 ] April 23, AD 2014 |

In my previous article I explored a philosophy of style that will allow us as Catholic women to live in the modern world in such a way as flatters our womanhood but still appeals to those living around us. By doing so, I argued that we as women may more fully make Christ known in […]

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Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

[ 12 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Chatting with a friend recently, we remarked that having children had made us each realize the value of a Catholic spouse. We both marveled that we had once considered the possibility of compromising. In college, it was easy to flirt with the idea of dating—and even marrying—someone who did not share our faith. I went […]

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