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Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

November 30, AD 2016 2 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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The Eyewitnesses of Fatima

October 11, AD 2016 54 Comments
The Eyewitnesses of Fatima

With 2017 comes the 100th Anniversary of the Fatima event which is an extraordinary part in the Church’s rich history and so, as with most historic moments, it will be tremendous to celebrate its centennial. However, it is also richly significant to note that this October 13th will be the 99th year since the Miracle […]

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Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

October 1, AD 2016 1 Comment
Under the Cloak of the Mother of God

The Protection of the Theotokos falls on October 1: “Today the Virgin stands in the midst of the Church, and with choirs of Saints She invisibly prays to God for us. Angels and Bishops venerate Her, Apostles and prophets rejoice together since for our sake She prays to the Eternal God!” This miraculous appearance of […]

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July, Month of the Sacred Blood

July 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
July, Month of the Sacred Blood

The heart of Jesus has made this adorable Blood circulate in His limbs; wherefore, as on the feast of the Sacred Heart, the Gospel presents to our view the thrust of the lance which pierced the side of the Divine Crucified, blood and water gushing forth.  Thus become united the two testimonies which the Holy […]

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Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

June 11, AD 2016 1 Comment
Since Christ Our Passover Has Been Sacrificed

All you who have been baptized into Christ / Have put on Christ. Saint Melito of Sardis writes, “In Abel he was slain, in Isaac bound, in Jacob exiled, in Joseph sold, in Moses exposed to die.”  Christ was in all the Old Testament types.  If we are in Christ by baptism, then we are […]

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Joy in Solitude

May 14, AD 2016 1 Comment
Joy in Solitude

For all eternity we will be with God, so we should accustom ourselves to his presence.  If we want to attain heaven, we must train our habits and our loves now.  If I love food more than God, how can I expect to enter heaven?  If I love human companionship more than divine communion, will […]

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“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”: A Soul’s Journey into God

April 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
“Enter His gates with thanksgiving / And His courts with praise”:  A Soul’s Journey into God

My conversion story begins on Palm Sunday, 1992.  My parents had me baptized and christened “Mary.”  My Mother in heaven was watching over me long before I knew. G. K. Chesterton describes the first step of conversion as “discovering a new continent full of strange flowers and fantastic animals, which is at once wild and […]

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10 Great Books to Read During Lent

March 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
10 Great Books to Read During Lent

Easter is just around the corner, but that doesn’t mean these last weeks of Lent can’t be filled with even more intense prayer. One of my favorite ways to enter into the season is through spiritual reading. If you’re looking for something to boost your prayer life through the rest of Lent, take a look at […]

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The Spirituality of the Parent

February 1, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Spirituality of the Parent

Don’t doubt it: your vocation is the greatest grace our Lord could have given you. Thank Him for it. -St. Josemaria Escriva I know this might not be true for everyone, but I need to admit that the ordinariness of the married vocation blinds me every now and then and I forget that this exact […]

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Infertility in the Christmas Season

January 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Infertility in the Christmas Season

I recently finished weaning my toddler, my second born. When her sister was her age (nearly two and a half) she not only had been weaned for months, but I was also nearly halfway through my pregnancy with my youngest. I had always assumed that I would be pregnant again, by the time that I […]

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A Light in Advent: Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
A Light in Advent: Our Lady of Guadalupe

A MIRACLE ON TEPEYAC In December 1531, two men in a small village in Mexico each felt the presence of an overwhelming darkness. One, Bishop Juan de Zumárraga, was a Spanish missionary who had reached the point of despair in trying to evangelize the native people. He sought to preach the truth of Christ in […]

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Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

December 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
Waiting like Jesus, Mary, and Joseph

During this season of Advent, we are reminded of “waiting.” Each year I find myself getting more and more excited for Advent. While most people are focusing on Halloween and Thanksgiving preparations, I am anticipating a season of anticipation. As children, we love the excitement of anticipating Christmas and, for many, Christmas is celebrated for […]

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Mary’s Advent

December 8, AD 2015 0 Comments
Mary’s Advent

The season of Advent is a time for waiting, preparing, and eagerly anticipating the birth of Christ.  It seems like no one could understand this period of time more than Mary, as she waited what probably seemed like a very long nine months for the birth of her son. You could say that Mary’s personal […]

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The Uncertainty of Advent – A Challenge to Our Generation

December 7, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Uncertainty of Advent – A Challenge to Our Generation

My husband is about to defend his doctoral dissertation. A journey that began even before we were married is finally (finally!) coming to an end. It’s a cause for much joy, certainly, but it’s also the cause for a good deal of anxiety. The next stage is the job search, and a possible cross country […]

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Learning from the Moms

October 28, AD 2015 0 Comments
Learning from the Moms

I’m a new priest and I have a lot to learn. Of course, working in a parish affords me many opportunities to work with different and diverse groups of people. A group of mothers approached me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to lead a book discussion for them. I […]

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