Category: Religion

The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |

When it comes to revising old hymn texts, I am typically a curmudgeon. I find excision as it is usually practiced a patronizing exercise in turning gorgeous old texts into meaningless drivel that avoids supposedly difficult or archaic words. Such excision includes but is not limited to: half-inclusivization of language and the removal of all […]

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The Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |

My husband and I are currently navigating our way through our first holiday season as a married couple. Many life lessons learned, many tears of frustration shed, and I’m sure there will be more. There have also been many moments of joy, laughter, and peace, and I know there will be more of those as […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

Why I Got Married in a Church

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2014 |

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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A Servant’s Heart

A Servant’s Heart

[ 1 ] December 12, AD 2014 |

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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Helpful Advent Links

Helpful Advent Links

[ 2 ] December 11, AD 2014 |

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. I become extremely excited when Advent is coming, and love observing it by wearing my purple “Advent scarves,” painting my nails to mirror the Advent wreath, and putting up my La Posada statue in my room. Unfortunately, during my first year of college Advent passed me by before I […]

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Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

[ 6 ] December 10, AD 2014 |

Martyrdom confounds the modern mind… and how could it not? Living in an age of religious skepticism and scientism, we “enlightened” Westerners are unable to speak the same language or see the same world as the martyr, who found himself or herself unable to abandon their God to purchase comfort and well-being. What are we suppose to […]

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Hope in Season

Hope in Season

[ 1 ] December 9, AD 2014 |

What does it mean to have hope? I keep returning to this question in my many musings. There are, in a sense, two mistakes which we often make about hope, namely that any optimist is a hopeful person and that no pessimist may be. A hopeful optimist is not a tautology, nor is a hopeful […]

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An Open Letter to Priests

An Open Letter to Priests

[ 3 ] December 4, AD 2014 |

Dear Fathers, In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel.” When I read this, I thought of all of you priests who spend hours in the confessional, some even staying […]

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From the Realms of Glory

From the Realms of Glory

[ 2 ] December 3, AD 2014 |

I imagine angels to be like responsible teenagers asked to babysit their toddler siblings. I’m sure that my own guardian angel is often exasperated with me, as tends to happen when babysitting mischievous toddlers. Sometimes the kids are adorable, and sometimes you have to lure the guinea pig out from under the couch because the […]

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A Marian Heart

A Marian Heart

[ 1 ] December 3, AD 2014 |

The other day my spiritual director challenged me to better emulate the heart of Mary in word and deed. As a person who claims to be devoted to the Blessed Virgin, I must admit, there are times my actions do not reflect my belief. From his simple, yet challenging comment, I realized my devotion to […]

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A Simple ‘Yes’

A Simple ‘Yes’

[ 1 ] December 2, AD 2014 |

I like to watch things grow. Three pine trees were planted in my front yard when I was a little girl. They were so small we could jump over them. Throughout the years I would watch them grow. They became too tall to jump over. Then taller than my brother. Now they are as tall […]

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Holding a Light in the Village Square

Holding a Light in the Village Square

[ 1 ] November 29, AD 2014 |

Here in the United States, religious liberties are fast eroding Last night on the news, I saw a segment about public schools near me (Montgomery County, MD) removing all references to religious holidays from their school calendar. The story goes that Muslim families approached the school board and asked them to make Eid al-Fitr (the highest […]

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The Suffering Question

The Suffering Question

[ 3 ] November 28, AD 2014 |

The first time I went to Europe came about when my essay was chosen to receive a mostly paid pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome.  $800 out of my pocket was all it took for me to embark on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage experience. Since then I have always looked back with such fond […]

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Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

[ 2 ] November 26, AD 2014 |

The Taize Community of France, known for their rhythmic hymns, which encourage contemplation on lines from scripture, has a beautiful chant paraphrasing from Jesus’ prayer in the Garden before his arrest.  They hymn repeats: “Stay with me, remain here with me, watch and pray, watch and pray.” This exhortation from Jesus is similar to how […]

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The Loss of the Orphan

The Loss of the Orphan

[ 2 ] November 25, AD 2014 |

I have been living in fear. I have been fearful that God will take away the things I love – my children, my husband, family – if I trust in Him wholeheartedly. Logically, it makes sense concerning my history. In the past ten years I’ve lost my mom, left my home, left my new home […]

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