Category: Spirituality

Depression, Despair, and Hope

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 7 ] August 19, AD 2014 |

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

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Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2014 |

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “O woman, great is your faith!” There are many people in our Church, community, and world, who have great faith. In my own spiritual journey I have encountered the great faith of people in varied ways, from pilgrimages, to parish life, to ordinary and […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

God Only Helps Whom?

[ 2 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood?  He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him.  Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

A Gift for My Grandmother and Saint Anne’s Gift to Me

[ 1 ] July 20, AD 2014 |

The summer of 2008 was a summer of opportunity for me. I was able to attend the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City, Canada with other young adults from the state of Wisconsin through Catholic Youth Expeditions, a retreat ministry founded by Father Quinn Mann, a priest of the Diocese of Green Bay. As part of […]

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Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

Knowing Christ the Bridegroom as a Married Woman

[ 0 ] July 18, AD 2014 |

About eighteen months into my marriage I was assessing my spiritual life when I realized something: while I had a wonderful relationship with God the Father and was quite drawn to God the Spirit, my relationship with God the Son was hurting. As a young mom I identified with the Father and wondered if He ever felt […]

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Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

Know Mary, Know Jesus. No Mary, No Jesus.

[ 5 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

During my days as a Southern Baptist, my opinion of Mary, the Blessed Virgin, was the same as every other Protestant. I saw her as just another character in the Bible, one who was given a particular task, and when God was finished with her, she faded into the background with the rest of the […]

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On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

[ 1 ] July 3, AD 2014 |

Have you ever felt like an outsider amongst a group of people who all shared a similar experience? Sat awkwardly in the background as they joyfully reminisced? The fact that you missed out on whatever it is that the rest of your acquaintances lived through can possibly leave you feeling isolated and uncomfortable. I imagine […]

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America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

America: Individually Set Apart for Holiness

[ 2 ] July 2, AD 2014 |

Rather than view the American emphasis on individuals as a prideful perspective that promotes hubris, I believe the American emphasis on the individual is not only compatible with our faith, but is incredibly Catholic….Why? Because, when we stop and look at it, we must agree that God is all about the individual.

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Choosing Peace

Choosing Peace

[ 2 ] June 29, AD 2014 |

In the midst of all of this we are called to something greater. We read in Philippians 4: 6-7, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Peace? What is that? We say. It feels like a meaningless word, and not something we can actually apply to our lives.

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Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now?

Why Fulton Sheen? Why Now?

[ 1 ] June 17, AD 2014 |

Today is a very exciting day for all those who love Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The Archbishop Fulton John Sheen Foundation’s press release says: The seven-member theological commission who advise the Congregation of the Causes of Saints at the Vatican unanimously agreed that a reported miracle should be attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant […]

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When the Joy of Faith is Gone

When the Joy of Faith is Gone

[ 1 ] June 14, AD 2014 |

In this you rejoice, although now for a little while you may have to suffer through various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold that is perishable even though tested by fire, may prove to be for praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Although you have […]

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Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

Four Things Faithful Catholics Can Learn from Modernity

[ 32 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

We orthodox Catholics tend to be a tight-knit bunch. We’re great at complaining about unfaithful Catholic politicians, and we love to compare shock stories about the worst liturgies we’ve attended. (“Oh yeah? Well, when we were on vacation last summer, we went to a parish and the priest and lectors acted out the gospel! And […]

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And God Made A Father

And God Made A Father

[ 1 ] June 12, AD 2014 |

“I can’t believe you have a freakin’ kid.” I hear that phrase a lot now from my old high school and college friends. “I know,” I say in reply. “It’s crazy.” It is still a little weird to me, I guess. It’s even weirder how time seems to have sped up since the day I […]

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Busy Mystic

Busy Mystic

[ 2 ] June 9, AD 2014 |

I turn away with an ineffable sense of loss, From the overwhelming presence of the thunderous Dove To the silence of Monday morning push and shove. But then amid the rush and rumble and toss, In traffic, the grocery line, or while arguing with my boss I pause; and looking up I see above My […]

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Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

Slender Man Stabbing: Five Things You Can Do

[ 2 ] June 7, AD 2014 |

The news is full of violence. It is hard not to become desensitized to the terrible ways humans treat humans. A recent story that really tore at my heart was the stabbing of a 12-year-old girl by two of her friends of the same age. The two girls, Morgan and Anissa, say they plotted the […]

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Who Died And Made You Pope?

Who Died And Made You Pope?

[ 33 ] June 6, AD 2014 |

I hear a lot of talk these days from laymen and women in the Catholic blogosphere who would like to see the Eucharist withheld from certain politicians because of their stance on certain social issues. I won’t disagree that many politicians who claim to follow the Catholic faith are guilty of promoting ideas and actions […]

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