Category: Religion

Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

Watch and Pray- Preparing for Christmas

[ 1 ] 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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Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

Encouraging Vocations the Right Way

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2014 |

It is no secret that the Church has experienced a shortage of religious vocations in the last two decades. It is also no secret that our seminaries are now beginning to overflow. There is definitely a shift coming as many young people become more open to and respond to the call of Jesus to follow Him in this […]

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Waking Up to Your Vocation

Waking Up to Your Vocation

[ 3 ] November 20, AD 2014 |

“Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing…” As a mom to a toddler and a preschooler, I spend a lot of time listening to “kids’ songs.” So it isn’t surprising that I was thinking about the words to “Frere Jacques” the other day.  In the English translation most of us sing about how “morning […]

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Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

Joyful Mysteries and the Christian Life

[ 1 ] November 19, AD 2014 |

I have always experienced the Rosary and its fruits as independent items, that is, when I meditate on the carrying of the Cross, I grow in the fruit of patience by exploring how patience corresponds to the act. I then move on to the Crucifixion and grow in fortitude as I contemplate His death. And […]

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Crawling to Heaven

Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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Making Your Home Parish “Home”

Making Your Home Parish “Home”

[ 2 ] November 16, AD 2014 |

One of the things that I’ve always loved about the Church is that it is universal. I can walk into a Roman Catholic Church anywhere in the world, and attend, essentially, the same Mass. This was great for me, as a high school and college student. By the time I had begun to take my […]

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Parish Closures

Parish Closures

[ 17 ] November 11, AD 2014 |

The sad news that some 55 parishes in and around New York are going to be shuttered (or “merged” with other parishes) has been public for some time now. There are, no doubt, some people who are heartbroken by the news that their beloved parish is among those whose doors are closing. It is almost […]

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How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

[ 1 ] November 10, AD 2014 |

Summer happens to be not a particularly favorite season of mine.  As a very fair skinned person, summer is a constant reminder of my need for sunscreen.  Lots of it. And often. I have never been the type to just ‘lay out’ in the sun for the day.  Recently I was needing an extra dose […]

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God’s Temples are Under Construction

God’s Temples are Under Construction

[ 1 ] November 9, AD 2014 |

“Under Construction”—those were the words that greeted me as I arrived at my diaconal assignment this past summer. On account of the church’s renovation, Masses were held in the school gymnasium. This environment, perhaps, was not the most spiritually uplifting, but it was necessary in order to build a beautiful place of worship that would […]

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How Many Catholic Churches Are There?

How Many Catholic Churches Are There?

[ 0 ] November 8, AD 2014 |

If someone were to ask you how many Catholic Churches there are in the world, what would be your response? Not small ‘c’ churches referring to church buildings, but rather, Church with a capital ‘C’, indicating the grouping of believers who call themselves Catholic. You may very well respond to the question that there is […]

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Misconceptions about Saints

Misconceptions about Saints

[ 5 ] November 6, AD 2014 |

Many people, including Catholics, have misconceptions about the saints. Consider the following incidents: A journalist interviews the producer of a musical play about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, who, having been in trouble with the law, escaped his native Philippines to Japan where he is eventually martyred for his faith. The producer explains that […]

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Be a Window

Be a Window

[ 2 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate Christ with every fiber of his or her being; where you can just see their love for God reflecting from their bodies? It’s a sort of aura, a glow, that just emanates out and has the profound power to draw people in. It’s a joy that is shown […]

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The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

[ 1 ] November 4, AD 2014 |

In the opening collect for the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Church prayed, “Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo.” The spirit that filled St. Charles was the same attitude that filled Christ Jesus, as we read in the […]

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Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

[ 1 ] November 3, AD 2014 |

One of the most surprising things about being a parent is the number of times I realize that my children are really the ones teaching me.  Of course, they’re very small, and they’re not teaching me academic information.  Instead, they have consistently taught me some very powerful lessons about much more important things like what […]

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The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

The Only Thing Needing Reform is Our Hearts

[ 10 ] October 31, AD 2014 |

Today is Reformation Day, the day that in 1517 Fr. Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenburg Castle Church in Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation. As somebody who has stood firmly on ‘both sides’ of the Protestant/Catholic divide, I’ve never been more convinced that today is a day that ought to […]

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