Category: Religion

Spiritual Antibodies

Spiritual Antibodies

[ 4 ] 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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Our Friends: The Saints

Our Friends: The Saints

[ 4 ] January 3, AD 2015 |

We have access to literally thousands of friends—at any time. No, I’m not talking about Facebook or any other online network; I’m talking about an eternal network of friends in high places. The saints are always available when we need to ask for intercession. The saints are like a big network that is always accessible-no […]

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A Christian Outlook for the New Year

A Christian Outlook for the New Year

[ 1 ] January 1, AD 2015 |

In our family, we celebrate New Year’s Eve in a typical way – Midnight Mass, party at our the house of our paternal grandparents, fireworks, noisemaking, countdown at the stroke of 12, eating the traditional twelve grapes for every month of the year. Then, we interrupt the revelry to pray a Te Deum to thank […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

[ 2 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

I think most Catholics in the world would love to grow in their relationship with Jesus. People have a genuine desire to grow in holiness, even if they are not able to articulate their desires for it. On New Year ’s Day many people re-evaluate their lives. They examine how their lives were in 2014 […]

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The Beggar In Me

The Beggar In Me

[ 3 ] December 29, AD 2014 |

I’ll be honest, more often than not when I pass a homeless person or someone begging on the side of the road I give them nothing more than a smile. Maybe, just maybe, if I happen to have extra food in my car and the light doesn’t change, I’ll give them of my excess, but […]

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What’s Become of Catholic Identity?

What’s Become of Catholic Identity?

[ 6 ] December 29, AD 2014 |

A reader of Ignitum Today requested an article that in some way addresses the question of what it means to be Catholic today, especially in terms of what that means about the beliefs we hold.  To get right to the point: if many people who identify as Catholics also hold beliefs that the Church does […]

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A Christmas Message

A Christmas Message

[ 1 ] December 26, AD 2014 |

This season of Christmas we recall the powerful words of Scripture, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). Christ became man to be with us and to experience life with us. He lived an authentic and real human life with all of its many aspects. I know during this time of year […]

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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

[ 3 ] 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

[ 2 ] 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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