Category: Spirituality

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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Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

Gratitude, Whos, and Whats

[ 1 ] October 19, AD 2014 |

Everyone likes to hear the words, “Thank you.” Here is why deep down we all recognize a personal God.

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Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

Spiritual Biology – The Sacred Heart

[ 1 ] September 26, AD 2014 |

The human body is an amazing and very fascinating creation. Each organ has its purpose. Every fiber works toward a succinct system, or group of systems, that compose “life.” There is an anonymous quote that states, “No one can whistle a symphony; it takes an orchestra to play it.” In a way, our bodies are […]

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A Conversion of Individuals

A Conversion of Individuals

[ 3 ] September 24, AD 2014 |

Christ spent 3 years forming 12 men. Those men went on to change the world.

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The Absurdity of Divine Love

The Absurdity of Divine Love

[ 3 ] September 23, AD 2014 |

“God was made man…If I could love a leper’s sores, couldn’t I love the boringness of Henry? But I’d turn from the leper if he were here, I suppose…I want the dramatic always. I imagine I’m ready for the pain of Your nails, and I can’t stand twenty-four hours of maps and Michelin guides. Dear […]

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Celebrate Mediocrity

Celebrate Mediocrity

[ 0 ] September 17, AD 2014 |

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives? Every TV show from Biggest Loser to Master Chef is about competition, elimination and working hard toward the goal. Jesus also says “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48), so […]

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The Votive Candles

The Votive Candles

[ 2 ] September 14, AD 2014 |

An elderly woman stands at the votive candle area and lights eight large candles. She says a prayer and then finds her place in the pew. On exiting the Church, a young girl, no more than ten years old, lights a small candle with her dad watching on. Her dad told her to say a […]

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Free Will and the Little Way

Free Will and the Little Way

[ 3 ] September 4, AD 2014 |

This weekend, for the first time in a while, we didn’t have anything scheduled on Saturday.  To take advantage of that, my wife and I planned a cheap outing with our children. I made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we packed some snacks, and went out for the day. Our itinerary included a trip to […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 6 ] 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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Blessing is in Obedience

Blessing is in Obedience

[ 6 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

It was my last class of my senior year of college, and I listened intently as my professor wrapped up his final lecture. I sat amongst my fellow Catechetics majors, all of us eager to begin setting the world on fire with love for the Lord. All semester, our professor had been teaching us how […]

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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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