Category: Religion

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

Beyond My Comfort (Food) Zone

[ 4 ] February 25, AD 2015 |

It is very appropriate, I think, that I received my diagnosis of wheat and milk allergies during Lent, three years ago. After all, I was already in a mode of Lenten sacrifice, and it felt good and natural to cut out these foods from my life and stick to a very basic diet. Also, I […]

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The Whisper of the Salve

The Whisper of the Salve

[ 0 ] February 25, AD 2015 |

The whisper of the Salve Regina echoes in my heart, a distant memory of chant at the Benedictine Monastery. …the January night sky glittered above with the sparkling of lighted stars. The long endless country road that dips and winds to the brothers’ abode. The moonlight shining on the silent fields creating snow crystals waiting […]

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A Clean Heart

A Clean Heart

[ 0 ] February 25, AD 2015 |

A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. Psalm 51 The heart is one of the most essential organs in the human body because it pumps blood to every extremity. When it does not function properly and effectively, negative side effects occur. If we do not eat a […]

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Why Do We Pray, Fast, and Give Alms During Lent?

Why Do We Pray, Fast, and Give Alms During Lent?

[ 1 ] February 23, AD 2015 |

This is a lesson for which I will be forever in debt to Dr. Brant Pitre.  He taught it to me, and I’m passing it on.  But I have to say up front that if you enjoy this post, check out his presentation on it here.  It is amazing stuff! Lent is a fantastic spiritual […]

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When Waiting is Really Hard

When Waiting is Really Hard

[ 5 ] February 20, AD 2015 |

In reaction to the increasing physical immorality spreading through society today, and in an attempt to counter the message  constantly being sold through advertising, movies, music, and even best-selling books that says sexual intimacy is not only okay, but expected, outside of marriage, the Catholic online world has been buzzing with all sorts of articles […]

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Jesus Expelled

Jesus Expelled

[ 0 ] February 20, AD 2015 |

[An exegesis and reflection on Mark 1:40-45] In the readings this week we may consider the primary themes that of ‘expulsion’ and ‘re-entry.’ A man, in Leviticus, when he was declared unclean by the priest or by the community was expelled for the safety of the whole. He had to cry out “Unclean!” to warn […]

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Book Review: <i>Divergent</i> by Veronica Roth

Book Review: Divergent by Veronica Roth

[ 1 ] February 19, AD 2015 |

As a young mother of a young baby, the opportunity to do something purely for my own entertainment comes around very rarely. On one of those rare opportunities, my husband and I rented a few movies from RedBox and snuggled down on the couch with cups of cocoa and some blessed quiet time. One of […]

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Death of Beauraing Visionary Renews Message of Apparition

Death of Beauraing Visionary Renews Message of Apparition

[ 9 ] February 17, AD 2015 |

The last living visionary from Beauraing, Belgium died on February 10, 2015. I was not surprised Gilberte Degeimbre’s death elicited no coverage in the United States by Catholic writers or Marian enthusiasts. The thirty-three apparitions of Our Lady to five children in Beauraing are virtually unknown to Catholics in the United States. More common to […]

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Some Wisdom from John of the Cross

Some Wisdom from John of the Cross

[ 2 ] February 16, AD 2015 |

Today at Holy Hour I read this passage in “The Living Flame of Love,” by St. John of the Cross: He [The Holy Spirit] touches the soul not with His shadow only, for He unites Him self to it, feeling and tasting with it the form and attributes of God in the shadow of God: […]

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When Repentance Looks Like A Shower

When Repentance Looks Like A Shower

[ 2 ] February 11, AD 2015 |

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” -Mark 1:35-37   Any parent who has planned to get up “before the kids” in order to have some […]

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Fear of the Lord Part 2: Love and Fear

Fear of the Lord Part 2: Love and Fear

[ 5 ] February 10, AD 2015 |

“Those, who denounce fear, assail the law; and if the law, plainly also God, who gave the law…. If, then, according to hypothesis, they abolish the law; then, by necessary consequence, each one who is led by lust, courting pleasure, must neglect what is right and despise the Deity, and fearlessly indulge in impiety and […]

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Internet Ire and Righteous Results

Internet Ire and Righteous Results

[ 5 ] February 6, AD 2015 |

The readings for February 6, 2015: First reading: HEB 13:1-8 Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 3, 5, 8B-9ABC Alleluia: LK 8:15 Gospel: MK 6:14-29 There is a lot of hostility being generated in the online worlds. I teach my history students that this is the result of fear. Fear prompts a tongue lashing, or a dismissing of people and ideas. Fear […]

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To what is God calling you?

To what is God calling you?

[ 5 ] February 5, AD 2015 |

Discerning God’s will in our lives can be a difficult and confusing endeavor most of the  time. I can still remember hearing the many epic tales about the heroic Saints in our Church’s life and thinking, “If I really love God, wouldn’t I do the same? Wouldn’t I give up everything, move to a different […]

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When Praying for a Stranger

When Praying for a Stranger

[ 0 ] February 4, AD 2015 |

Have you caught word of the powerful call to #prayforpaul over the last few weeks? I personally never actually met Paul Coakley, in all words he was a stranger to me, until I began to join thousands of others who were praying for a miracle for Paul and his family. I heard about him through […]

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Fear of the Lord Part 1: Holy Fear

Fear of the Lord Part 1: Holy Fear

[ 11 ] February 3, AD 2015 |

“The gifts of the Holy Ghost are seven in number: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord [Isaiah 11:2-3]…. The gifts proceed in orderly fashion and gradually ascend by degrees. From the fear of the Lord, the soul rises to the other gifts, one after the other, to arrive at the […]

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Our Expectations and One Certainty

Our Expectations and One Certainty

[ 2 ] January 30, AD 2015 |

We are now a month into 2015. There is still so much unknown about this year; the blank pages are yet to be filled in, and many possibilities are present. Along with possibilities, we also carry our expectations into the year and into the situations we encounter. Yet, this year also brings many uncertainties. Let’s […]

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Spiritual Antibodies

Spiritual Antibodies

[ 5 ] January 28, AD 2015 |

“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” —Mark 2:17 When I was three years old, I had a terrible case of the chicken pox. So terrible, in fact, that my […]

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Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

Help Mary in Her Mission—Offer Your Communion

[ 2 ] January 28, AD 2015 |

Fr. Emil Neubert, SM, one of my favorite Mariologists, wrote many books on Mary including Mary and the Priestly Ministry and My Ideal, Jesus, Son of Mary. Recently, the Franciscans of the Immaculate, through their publishing house, Academy of the Immaculata, have renewed interest in Father Emil Neubert by translating his French works from the 1950’s into English. […]

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Learning Patience

Learning Patience

[ 2 ] January 26, AD 2015 |

{Warning: I mention miscarriage in this post – not mine – but it comes up.} There we were, waiting in the waiting room. Waiting rooms make me nervous. I’d rather sit in my car until its my turn and then just go straight into the appointment. Doctor, dentist, ultrasound, doesn’t matter, keep me out of […]

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

[ 3 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my […]

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Christ the Uncommon King

Christ the Uncommon King

[ 2 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

One of the greatest sporting event upsets of all time arguably happened during the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York when the United States defeated the Soviet Union for the gold medal in men’s ice hockey. The United States men’s hockey team was comprised of college students from rival schools. Under coach Herb […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

[ 1 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

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5 Ways to Pray the Rosary More

5 Ways to Pray the Rosary More

[ 6 ] January 15, AD 2015 |

We all know about the spiritual fruit that comes from praying the rosary. Throughout the centuries, the popes have encouraged, even insisted upon the regular recitation of the rosary. Our Lady, in her apparitions, requested the praying of the rosary, and our priests and religious lead by their example of fidelity to this prayer. But […]

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Baptism: God’s Humility and Man’s Dignity

Baptism: God’s Humility and Man’s Dignity

[ 2 ] January 14, AD 2015 |

This past Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of our Lord’s Baptism. Meditating on the Gospel reading gives a glimpse into the profound reality of this great sacrament. The most high God went to the Jordan River to be baptized by His servant John the Baptist. The Creator lowered Himself before His creature, allowing John to […]

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The Coming Islamic Revolution

The Coming Islamic Revolution

[ 8 ] January 13, AD 2015 |

World leaders and over three million people converged in France this weekend to mourn for those slain during the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. This terrible tragedy comes on the heels of other recent attacks, such as those in Pakistan by Taliban-linked terrorists against schoolchildren in Peshawar, Boko Haram’s continuing […]

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New Year’s Dreams

New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding schedule rather than encourage me to be […]

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