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Loneliness & Communion

December 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
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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Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

November 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

I was a solo traveler in the pilgrimage I joined to the Holy Land and Turkey. Most of the others in the pilgrimage were traveling with their spouses, their friends, or their relatives. Those who were not seemed to have known each other previously. Although everyone else was very nice, fun even, at times I […]

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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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5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

October 22, AD 2015 17 Comments
5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

Questions such as communion for the divorced and remarried, female deacons, and acceptance of homosexual relationships have dominated the media discussion about the Synod that began earlier this month. Instead of adding volume to those debates, I want to point out a few positive things we can pray come out of the synod. The synod […]

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When Jealousy Threatens Joy

August 29, AD 2015 1 Comment
When Jealousy Threatens Joy

Well folks, summer is nearly over – also known as “Wedding Season”. Now, I love weddings. The dressing up, the sacraments, the love, the tears. All good things. And don’t forget about the post-wedding goodies! Dancing, food, fellowship, pictures, videos, marriage. Again, all good things. There are people who would comment that I’m in that […]

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I’m Single and I Use NFP

August 1, AD 2015 10 Comments
I’m Single and I Use NFP

It was a few years ago when my interest in Natural Family Planning (NFP) was sparked. I was intrigued by the concept of truly understanding your body and its happenings while also being able to identify fertility markers. But as much as I thought it all sounded interesting, I never imagined that I’d dive into […]

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Keep Your Emotions In Check

July 10, AD 2015 1 Comment
Keep Your Emotions In Check

“Become the woman of your dreams, then you will attract the man of your dreams.” -Sarah Swafford  Emotional chastity is not to prevent love, it’s to give you authentic love. Emotional chastity, like physical chastity, requires discipline. We all have sexual desires, but by living out the virtue of chastity, we don’t let those desires […]

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My Annulment

May 12, AD 2015 2 Comments
My Annulment

Eight years after my wedding day I find myself by myself with my two dogs on my family’s tree farm in rural Louisiana. My wife and I have separated, and I have begun the process of annulment.

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Created to Be You

May 7, AD 2015 1 Comment
Created to Be You

“So they’re both napping?” asked my husband, incredulous, “Can you nap?” Quiet time has been pretty rare around my house since my eldest abandoned naps a year ago. Nevertheless, I cheerfully replied, “Nope, I’m going to bake some cookies,” because I knew that doing something I loved and making something for others was the best […]

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Why English is the Best Language to Talk About “Love”

February 14, AD 2015 2 Comments
Why English is the Best Language to Talk About “Love”

I’m sure you’ve heard it. Your Spanish or French or German speaking friends have mentioned that English is just lacking when it comes to “love.” Maybe you heard in a homily or a talk at a retreat all about the top three Greek words for love (philia, agape, eros), or the seemingly endless list of Latin terms […]

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A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

February 12, AD 2015 1 Comment
A Catholic Valentine’s Day: How to reclaim and retain your sanity

If you are a warm-blooded, sentient, and rational American who desires to love and be loved, then you have probably experienced at some point in your life a profusion of emotions in the days leading up to and on Valentine’s Day. How could you not? From the time of our youth and continuing all the way through adulthood, there is […]

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Go Home and Love Your Family

September 22, AD 2014 3 Comments
Go Home and Love Your Family

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

June 28, AD 2014 18 Comments
Why Chaste People Should Get Uncomfortable

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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And God Made A Father

June 12, AD 2014 1 Comment
And God Made A Father

“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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