Category: Prayer

Without

Without

[ 0 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

On Holy Saturday night, I met a woman whose son has a disorder on the autism spectrum known as Sensory Processing Disorder. As she explained it to me, this amounts to an inability to tune out any information coming in by the senses, making focused functioning in anything but extremely tranquil environments very difficult. The […]

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More of the Same

More of the Same

[ 1 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Recently, as I was driving home, I was reflecting on the day and what a chaotic week it was going to pan out to be. Then I thought to myself, is this how it will always be?  It seems since getting engaged that each week has had its own project. Week 1: Pick a date, find […]

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Reflection on the Holy Land

Reflection on the Holy Land

[ 0 ] April 15, AD 2014 |

When visiting my family in March I received many questions concerning “What was your favorite part of the Holy Land?” Perhaps they were looking for certain answers concerning beautiful places. I admit that swimming in the Dead Sea was a neat experience and seeing Middle Eastern markets, landscapes, and people were interesting as well. This […]

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The End of Lent Question

The End of Lent Question

[ 2 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Well, this Lent has been hard. Not that I have ever had an easy Lent since I started taking the spiritual life seriously, so I am not sure what I expected. I think I selfishly wish that my Lent would be full of consolations and insights, but usually right around this time I start to […]

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Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

[ 0 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

Nearly everything human (and worthwhile) is ritual if you think about it. A purely utilitarian approach to family dining, for example, would consist in standing around a pot on the stove, each person with a spoon in hand – that way we all eat at once and “efficiently” save the most time (it might even be […]

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…and the Life of the World to Come

…and the Life of the World to Come

[ 2 ] March 25, AD 2014 |

***Spoiler Alert for The Good Wife*** The Good Wife is a Sunday night drama about the intricacies of law, life and love. I first became hooked a year ago after watching an episode with my mom. It’s her favorite show, and is now mine. Until last night. I can’t decide if it’s still my favorite […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 25 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Blessed are They Who Mourn

Blessed are They Who Mourn

[ 0 ] March 2, AD 2014 |

I feel truly blessed by God to be on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that spans nearly ten weeks. The pilgrimage has afforded me the opportunity to pray at and visit many holy sites throughout this land where Jesus walked in addition to the study of Sacred Scripture and Ecumenism. Recently our group visited […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite!

Catholic Youth, Unite!

[ 1 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has engaged the youth and young adults of the Church, speaking directly to them numerous times, and encouraging them to become significantly more active in their spiritual lives. As a 24-year-old millennial myself, I feel blessed to be among the vast audience of Catholic young people that the Pope is […]

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Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

[ 2 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Need something to do for lent? How about these FREE activities. Some are from the best Catholic Universities and Colleges, others are for you and your family. Enjoy 1. Lenten Journey with Jesus: A Virtual Tour of the Geography of Jesus (March 5 – April 17, 2014) Absolutely free course offered by Holy Apostles College […]

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When Attending Mass is Tedious

When Attending Mass is Tedious

[ 9 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a chore than the spiritual delight it should be? The short answer: go anyway. The supernatural graces we receive from the mass have nothing to do with the euphoria (or lack […]

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From Precious Moments to Ignatius Press

From Precious Moments to Ignatius Press

[ 3 ] January 28, AD 2014 |

I think I’ve owned a total of three Bibles in my life: 1. My pink Precious Moments Bible from my childhood. 2. The New American Bible (NAB) that showed me Catholics had ‘extra books’, given to me by the TEC community. 3. The one my homegirl, Shawn, the hippie mystic that she is, suggested I […]

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The Liturgy of “Ours”

The Liturgy of “Ours”

[ 5 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

The Liturgy of the Hours (LOtH) in ancient method of prayer. They have their roots in Jewish traditions where God’s chosen people would gather together to pray during specific times of the day. After Christ’s resurrection, His Apostles, mostly Jewish men, continued this practice until the Church formalized it over the course of several hundred […]

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Time to Fly

Time to Fly

[ 1 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

What is holding you back? It could be something great or small, but we all face hurdles and roadblocks on our journey toward the Lord.  When discerning, it seems that these can’t always be named and some seem unsurpassable.  What is holding you back? St. John of the Cross speaks a great deal about “detachment” […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 0 ] January 13, AD 2014 |

As in seasons past, our recent Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations are now only distant memories.  The weather remains quite frigid and winter has not yet let go of its grip. But even if the days remain dark, we know that spring is ever closer and the sun will shine brighter with each coming […]

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An Epiphany about the Epiphany

An Epiphany about the Epiphany

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

Having just celebrated the beautiful feast of the Epiphany, aka, the Adoration of the Magi, I have been ruminating on some of the things that feast should mean for us as Catholics in the current world, and as harbingers of the New Evangelization. Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning ‘reveal’ or ‘a startling or […]

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