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Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

November 11, AD 2016 0 Comments
Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I was on recently, was witnessing married couples renew their marriage vows in Cana of Galilee, the site where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast to which He and Mary were invited. A church now stands at the site. It […]

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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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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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The Visitor

June 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Visitor

I don’t know what to make of these Conjugal visits of ours, Whether they make things better Or worse between us. I have suffered more than you know To make them possible And it would break my heart To see them end, But do they really do any good? Can we really sustain this relationship […]

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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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Soul-Changing Sacraments

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
Soul-Changing Sacraments

Recently, I was able to attend the ordination of my brother-in-law to the priesthood, and there, before my eyes, his soul was eternally changed, indelibly marked. I’ve witnessed this phenomenon before—I’ve attended many baptisms and confirmations and Easter Vigils, and I’ve even been to another ordination. I’ve also met many persons who’ve been indelibly marked, […]

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What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

May 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
What’s the Best Way to View Reality?

One’s perception of reality has an immense effect on one’s life. It is through this lens that one finds his or her identity, interacts with others, and, overall, comes into contact with the reality that one perceives. We could accurately diagnose many of the worlds problems today as stemming from incorrect notions or perceptions of […]

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Running in Circles: The Luminous Mysteries

May 25, AD 2016 0 Comments
Running in Circles: The Luminous Mysteries

People like to say that running in circles in pointless. Well, maybe, it’s not as pointless as it seems!

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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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Your Vocation is Your Mission

April 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Your Vocation is Your Mission

On the First Easter Sunday, Jesus appeared to the Apostles and said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” He astonished them with the reality of His Triumph over death, calmed them with His Peace, and directly informed them that they were going on a mission. And this […]

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Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

January 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

When I imagine liturgists, this is what comes to mind: Inculturation, the adaptation of liturgical texts, languages, rites, and, most especially, of music, to respect or reflect the sensibilities of various peoples, while certainly a watchword in the postconciliar Church, has been a reality from the very beginning of Christian history. At some point in the […]

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Sacramentals and Holy Water Therapy

September 25, AD 2015 5 Comments
Sacramentals and Holy Water Therapy

My husband works at our Archdiocesan seminary, and we try to meet him for Mass there at least once a week. The other day, I was pacing the narthex with my two year old, who had had speech therapy that morning. Her main speech goal at the moment is putting together two word phrases. As […]

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The Worship of Relevance

August 18, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Worship of Relevance

To study any subject at depth is, in a certain way, to lose one’s innocence. Before the Copernican revolution, it was easy, indeed natural, to perceive that the sun, the moon, and nature itself all contribute to a delicate balance that permits human life to go on. After the revolution, although nothing changed about the […]

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Silence and the Eucharist

August 15, AD 2015 3 Comments
Silence and the Eucharist

The chapel was still and dark as we filed in, hushed, almost on tiptoe. The first sight we registered in our dim surroundings was the glow of the golden monstrance that framed Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. It was my first silent retreat, held at a convent, with several other young ladies attending. We […]

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