Category: Relationships

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

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Embracing My Inner Hobbit

Embracing My Inner Hobbit

[ 3 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

Today, a cashier told me that I seemed “really down-to-Earth,” and I decided to take it as a compliment.  A few years ago, however, that would not have been the case. I used to think that caring about the “higher things” meant yearning for a sort of grand existence, feeling destined for greatness.  Recently, I […]

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For the Love of a Dog

For the Love of a Dog

[ 5 ] August 27, AD 2014 |

Dogs were given the task of making God’s love of mankind known every day, and they do a fantastic job of it.

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Crybaby

Crybaby

[ 4 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

Confession time: I’m one of those criers. You know the type. We have a very low crying threshold. Our triggers are many, varied and sometimes trivial: Commercials. Movies. Newspaper columns. Speeches. A particular prayer. And on, on, on. I wasn’t always like this. Oh no. I knew about the criers, because my mom is one. […]

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The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

The Ephesians 5 Wife: Subject or Spoiled?

[ 8 ] August 24, AD 2014 |

The Bible mentions subjugation of wives and everyone gets upset, but Christian Grey does it and nobody bats an eye! Tell me how this makes sense. I know why this is the case. There is absolute confusion in our culture about sex, love, pleasure, intimacy, marriage, and the Catholic Church. There is such a tangled […]

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Anyone Can Do the Housework, but Who is Doing the <em>Home</em>work?

Anyone Can Do the Housework, but Who is Doing the Homework?

[ 2 ] August 24, AD 2014 |

Did you know that it is women who do the majority of housework? Even mothers of young children, who are holding down full time jobs, seem to spend more time than men with a mop and vacuum in hand. This, however, is not new information; every few months you can find a news report somewhere […]

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3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly exhaustion in […]

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Natural Family Planning is Hard

Natural Family Planning is Hard

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

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Submission Does Not Mean Losing Your Voice

Submission Does Not Mean Losing Your Voice

[ 0 ] August 11, AD 2014 |

Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. -Ephesians 5:22 I used to think that being submissive or subordinate meant that you didn’t have a say in anything, and that, in essence, you lost your voice. No wonder, then, that Ephesians 5 gets such a bad reputation and is so highly quoted […]

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“You Complete Me” and Other Lies We Tell

“You Complete Me” and Other Lies We Tell

[ 4 ] August 8, AD 2014 |

For the first 7 years of our marriage, I tried my darndest to be the best husband on the planet. “Get over yourself, Nic” was my mantra. Whatever she asked for, whatever she needed, whatever she wanted, I would do everything within my power to provide it. I wanted to be what I should be […]

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Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

[ 1 ] August 7, AD 2014 |

(This post is part of a series. Read Part 1 here.) Until I put it into the context of the child and parent relationship, I never understood how desperately God wants sainthood for every human being. I knew that God was my Father, but my concept of that love was based entirely on my experience as a […]

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Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

Spiritual Attacks on the Expectant Mother (and How to Combat Them)

[ 8 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

Whether a woman is expecting her first child, or her fifteenth, pregnancy is filled with many emotions. There is joy and excitement mixed with anticipation and a little nervousness. All these emotions are appropriate, given the weight of what this new little life entails. Like mothers throughout time, I felt these slew of emotions during […]

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Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

[ 1 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

The other night at bedtime, I vowed not to read any stories to anyone who did not clean up their toys.  When they saw that there was no possible appeal of this horrible sentence, my children climbed up in the rocking chair together and read each other a story.  Even though they were conspiring to […]

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The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

The Single Best Way to Reduce Abortions

[ 3 ] July 26, AD 2014 |

When Lisa Selin Davis told a cabdriver she was going to have an abortion, he pulled the car over on the Brooklyn Bridge in a blizzard. He begged her not to do it. Davis, then a 22-year-old aspiring filmmaker, had conceived the child with a married man she met at a film shoot. But she […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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Religion, Relationship, and New Life

Religion, Relationship, and New Life

[ 6 ] July 23, AD 2014 |

“Christianity, it is said, owes this, that, and the other to Judaism. It has borrowed this, that, and the other from Hellenism. Or from Essenism. Everything in it is mortgaged from birth…. Are people naive enough to believe, before making a detailed study, that the supernatural excludes any possession of earthly roots and any human […]

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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

[ 1 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me. I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part of […]

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Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

[ 0 ] July 18, AD 2014 |

About eighteen months into my marriage I was assessing my spiritual life when I realized something: while I had a wonderful relationship with God the Father and was quite drawn to God the Spirit, my relationship with God the Son was hurting. As a young mom I identified with the Father and wondered if He ever felt […]

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You Are My ATM: An Object Lesson

You Are My ATM: An Object Lesson

[ 5 ] July 11, AD 2014 |

You are for me. Each of you. All of you. You breathe for me. You are for my sake. You work for me. You accumulate for me. You are income for me. Food for me. Shelter for me. You are my employer, my workplace, my co-worker, my cashier, my janitor. You build me up or you bring me down. You affirm me, protect me, compliment me, bolster me; and if […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

On Polished Wedding Rings

[ 2 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

[ 18 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

Ten years ago, I crossed a modest stage in a well-lit gymnatorium at a private, Protestant school. I was one of 14 high school seniors who wore royal blue caps and gowns and breathed happy sighs of relief upon being given what meant more to us than diplomas: Freedom. For me, freedom meant transition. It […]

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Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

Taking the Gospel to the streets of Facebook

[ 2 ] June 23, AD 2014 |

I could be very mistaken, but I suspect that the majority of readers here and at other Catholic blogs are somewhat in the choir. If I were to do a survey, then I would bet that our audience here is somewhat like the audience of the active members in parishes. We enjoy our Catholic faith, […]

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So Much Time and So Little to Do

So Much Time and So Little to Do

[ 3 ] June 20, AD 2014 |

“We have so much time, and so little to do… Stop, strike that, reverse it.”  – Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I have a problem. You see, things are busy. Life with four small kids, a house to clean, food to prepare, a few projects on the go, people to see or call, things […]

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The Myth of 100%

The Myth of 100%

[ 3 ] June 16, AD 2014 |

With my own marriage mere weeks old now, I can’t help but reflect on this notion that you have to be 100% sure about the person you are going to marry before you get engaged. Somehow this notion of “100% certainty” has taken over with many of my friends near and far. Allow me, if you will, […]

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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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