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The Time I Didn’t Evangelize My Doctor

June 22, AD 2016 4 Comments
The Time I Didn’t Evangelize My Doctor

A couple of weeks ago, while traveling for a friend’s wedding, I suddenly developed what can only be described as a mini Mount Vesuvius on my knee. The random, swollen, fluid-filled monstrosity eventually became bad enough (because my “oh, it’ll go away….duh!” mentality didn’t work), that when we got home I went in to see […]

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Obedience in the Year of Mercy

January 13, AD 2016 4 Comments
Obedience in the Year of Mercy

Truly, we need obedience to remain one with the Church, learn proper humility, and open ourselves to the graces that flow from God’s merciful heart.

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Living at the Ends of the Earth

August 19, AD 2015 0 Comments
Living at the Ends of the Earth

…holiness isn’t dependent on where you are, but rather who you are and how you respond to where God put you…

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Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

April 8, AD 2015 1 Comment
Do Not Fear Gay Marriage

Gay “marriage” will threaten, snarl, huff and puff, but we should not fear. For, upon this rock Christ built His Church. It will not fall simply because evil huffs and puffs a little louder.

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Sharing the Treasures of Humanity with the Poor

April 5, AD 2015 2 Comments
Sharing the Treasures of Humanity with the Poor

Last Thursday, March 26, 2015, the Vatican organized an exclusive tour of the Vatican museums for 150 homeless people in Rome. During the tour, the Pope himself welcomed the guests, telling them, “This is everyone’s house and your house. The doors are always open for all.” Catholic News Services interviewed one of the guests, an […]

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Culture War Considerations

March 11, AD 2015 4 Comments
Culture War Considerations

Love is our story, we don’t need to rebrand it or market it. We just need to live it.

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Catholic Canines

October 22, AD 2014 4 Comments
Catholic Canines

It’s a very long story, but suffice it to say, my husband and I are planning to bring home a dog at the end of this week. Many people have expressed interest (to put it nicely) in why we are bringing home a dog when we do not yet have and are not currently expecting […]

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ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

September 10, AD 2014 2 Comments
ISIS, Just War, and the Words of Pope Francis

Christians have a complicated relationship with violence. Our founder (Christ) died by violence in absolute meekness—living out to the extreme his teaching that when confronted with violence we must “turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39). Jesus taught us “Blessed are the Peace Makers” (Matthew 5:9) and we hail him as the Prince of Peace (cf. […]

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Redemptive Suffering

August 5, AD 2014 7 Comments
Redemptive Suffering

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

August 4, AD 2014 4 Comments
Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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Theology of Suffering

June 8, AD 2014 4 Comments
Theology of Suffering

When I was a teenager and with the Boy Scouts (i.e., Venture Scouts), I went to Manatoba, Canada to do a Northern Tier trek canoeing expedition. We arrived at a small town with a population of about 90, and got on a little puddle-jumper plane that flew us over the beautiful landscape and dropped us […]

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Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

June 4, AD 2014 8 Comments
Oil and Water: Catholic Mixed Marriages

I’ve been hearing a lot lately about mixed marriages–from friends, from Catholic bloggers, etc etc.  I’ve toyed with the idea of writing a little about them before but always hesitated because I didn’t want to write something like a diatribe, or something painfully tangential.  And I will say at the beginning of this article that […]

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Bundy v The Catechism

April 21, AD 2014 2 Comments
Bundy v The Catechism

By now, everyone has probably heard about the situation between the Bundy Ranch and the Bureau of Land Management. If you haven’t, just Google “Bundy Ranch and the BLM” and then pick your politically biased poison. In brief, a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy has been illegally grazing his cows on federal land for […]

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