Category: Prayer

The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

[ 0 ] 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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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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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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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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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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Characters of Cana

Characters of Cana

[ 4 ] October 12, AD 2014 |

With the month of October underway, the Catholic world has commenced the Month of the Rosary. During this month, Catholics are encouraged to pray the rosary more often and meditate on the mysteries of Christ’s life.  In 2002, Pope John Paul II gave the faithful a fourth set of mysteries, the Mysteries of Light, which […]

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It’s OK to be Bored

It’s OK to be Bored

[ 1 ] September 21, AD 2014 |

There is a growing nemesis in the world today: Boredom. I’m bored, accompanied by a pathetic sigh, is something every parent, teacher, minister, or anyone, really, hates to hear. Boredom has inspired toy designers to figure out ways to occupy children, advertisers to write perfectly, entertaining commercials to keep viewers attention, teachers to plan elaborate lessons, […]

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The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the Poor

[ 5 ] September 12, AD 2014 |

Warning: This article deals with infant death and parent grief. Recently Travis and I found ourselves at the hospital at the orthopedic surgeon’s office again. This time with a two day old baby whose left foot was twisted and deformed and needed to be set in a plaster cast. While there we met a little girl […]

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Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

Now, Make Your Act of Contrition

[ 4 ] September 8, AD 2014 |

My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you, whom I should love above all things. I firmly resolve, with Your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. […]

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I wonder…

I wonder…

[ 5 ] September 2, AD 2014 |

I wonder if Mary had seen angels before the Annunication. She was troubled by Gabriel’s words but nothing is mentioned about just being in the angel’s presence. Was she already used to being with angels? I wonder what other great things God has done for Mary. In her Magnificat, she says “He who is mighty […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 5 ] September 1, AD 2014 |

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

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The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

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