Category: Spirituality

Spiritual Antibodies

Spiritual Antibodies

[ 1 ] January 28, AD 2015 |

“And hearing this, Jesus said to them, ‘It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’” —Mark 2:17 When I was three years old, I had a terrible case of the chicken pox. So terrible, in fact, that my […]

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Learning Patience

Learning Patience

[ 2 ] January 26, AD 2015 |

{Warning: I mention miscarriage in this post – not mine – but it comes up.} There we were, waiting in the waiting room. Waiting rooms make me nervous. I’d rather sit in my car until its my turn and then just go straight into the appointment. Doctor, dentist, ultrasound, doesn’t matter, keep me out of […]

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

[ 1 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

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New Year’s Dreams

New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding schedule rather than encourage me to be […]

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Our Friends: The Saints

Our Friends: The Saints

[ 4 ] January 3, AD 2015 |

We have access to literally thousands of friends—at any time. No, I’m not talking about Facebook or any other online network; I’m talking about an eternal network of friends in high places. The saints are always available when we need to ask for intercession. The saints are like a big network that is always accessible-no […]

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A Christian Outlook for the New Year

A Christian Outlook for the New Year

[ 1 ] January 1, AD 2015 |

In our family, we celebrate New Year’s Eve in a typical way – Midnight Mass, party at our the house of our paternal grandparents, fireworks, noisemaking, countdown at the stroke of 12, eating the traditional twelve grapes for every month of the year. Then, we interrupt the revelry to pray a Te Deum to thank […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

[ 2 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

I think most Catholics in the world would love to grow in their relationship with Jesus. People have a genuine desire to grow in holiness, even if they are not able to articulate their desires for it. On New Year ’s Day many people re-evaluate their lives. They examine how their lives were in 2014 […]

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The Beggar In Me

The Beggar In Me

[ 3 ] December 29, AD 2014 |

I’ll be honest, more often than not when I pass a homeless person or someone begging on the side of the road I give them nothing more than a smile. Maybe, just maybe, if I happen to have extra food in my car and the light doesn’t change, I’ll give them of my excess, but […]

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What’s Become of Catholic Identity?

What’s Become of Catholic Identity?

[ 6 ] December 29, AD 2014 |

A reader of Ignitum Today requested an article that in some way addresses the question of what it means to be Catholic today, especially in terms of what that means about the beliefs we hold.  To get right to the point: if many people who identify as Catholics also hold beliefs that the Church does […]

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The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

[ 1 ] 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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The Power of Tradition

The Power of Tradition

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |

My husband and I are currently navigating our way through our first holiday season as a married couple. Many life lessons learned, many tears of frustration shed, and I’m sure there will be more. There have also been many moments of joy, laughter, and peace, and I know there will be more of those as […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2014 |

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]

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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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From the Realms of Glory

From the Realms of Glory

[ 2 ] December 3, AD 2014 |

I imagine angels to be like responsible teenagers asked to babysit their toddler siblings. I’m sure that my own guardian angel is often exasperated with me, as tends to happen when babysitting mischievous toddlers. Sometimes the kids are adorable, and sometimes you have to lure the guinea pig out from under the couch because the […]

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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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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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How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

[ 1 ] November 10, AD 2014 |

Summer happens to be not a particularly favorite season of mine.  As a very fair skinned person, summer is a constant reminder of my need for sunscreen.  Lots of it. And often. I have never been the type to just ‘lay out’ in the sun for the day.  Recently I was needing an extra dose […]

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Misconceptions about Saints

Misconceptions about Saints

[ 5 ] November 6, AD 2014 |

Many people, including Catholics, have misconceptions about the saints. Consider the following incidents: A journalist interviews the producer of a musical play about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, who, having been in trouble with the law, escaped his native Philippines to Japan where he is eventually martyred for his faith. The producer explains that […]

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Be a Window

Be a Window

[ 2 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate Christ with every fiber of his or her being; where you can just see their love for God reflecting from their bodies? It’s a sort of aura, a glow, that just emanates out and has the profound power to draw people in. It’s a joy that is shown […]

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The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

The Spirit of St. Charles Borromeo

[ 1 ] November 4, AD 2014 |

In the opening collect for the Memorial of St. Charles Borromeo, the Church prayed, “Preserve in the midst of your people, we ask, O Lord, the spirit with which you filled the Bishop Saint Charles Borromeo.” The spirit that filled St. Charles was the same attitude that filled Christ Jesus, as we read in the […]

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Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

Theology from the Floor: Humility and Toddlers

[ 1 ] November 3, AD 2014 |

One of the most surprising things about being a parent is the number of times I realize that my children are really the ones teaching me.  Of course, they’re very small, and they’re not teaching me academic information.  Instead, they have consistently taught me some very powerful lessons about much more important things like what […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

The Grace of Yes: A Review

[ 1 ] October 20, AD 2014 |

The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you! Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life […]

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