New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |
New Year’s Dreams

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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3 Ways Families Can Serve Singles

[ 2 ] January 7, AD 2015 |
3 Ways Families Can Serve Singles

The family is the domestic church. As a part of the larger Church, we too are called to evangelize. Yet often families do not feel like they have the time nor the energy to evangelize. However, there is an easy way to evangelize without leaving the comforts of home: invite a single friend over for […]

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Passing On Motherhood

[ 1 ] January 7, AD 2015 |
Passing On Motherhood

I’ve always loved my mom. It could be that hindsight is 20/20, but I don’t remember my teenage years being awful. My mom and I had our spats, but on the whole I think we got along fairly well. Even in college – halfway across the country – we’d have our tiffs, but at the […]

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Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

[ 27 ] January 6, AD 2015 |
Curiosity, Wonder, and Wisdom

In a short but provocative reflection, Prof. J. Budziszewski calls curiosity the enemy of wonder. In so doing, he is drawing a distinction between the desire for knowledge—itself a good thing—and the elevation of that desire to the highest good, one which can then seek fulfillment at all costs: The problem is that the curiosity-as-holiness […]

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Our Friends: The Saints

[ 4 ] January 3, AD 2015 |
Our Friends: The Saints

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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How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

[ 1 ] January 3, AD 2015 |
How to Keep New Year’s Resolutions

In case you hadn’t noticed, this week was the time of New Year’s resolutions. A tradition in which a person makes a promise to do an act of self-improvement that begins on New Year’s Day. The time when all the world is throwing advertisements for gyms and weight loss, calendars and organisational tools, new gadgets and fashion […]

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Fr. Mike Schmitz, on Discerning Vocations: “Be More Courageous”

[ 4 ] January 3, AD 2015 |
Fr. Mike Schmitz, on Discerning Vocations: “Be More Courageous”

This post is part of a monthly series on my blog, called PRIESTS & NUNS ARE COOL! in which I interview a priest or a nun about his or her vocation — and about how adults who haven’t discerned a vocation yet can discover their own. This edition features Fr. Mike Schmitz, the chaplain for Newman […]

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A Christian Outlook for the New Year

[ 1 ] January 1, AD 2015 |
A Christian Outlook for the New Year

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

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |
Clinging to Tradition

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

[ 2 ] December 31, AD 2014 |
7 Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

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

[ 3 ] December 29, AD 2014 |
The Beggar In Me

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?

[ 6 ] December 29, AD 2014 |
What’s Become of Catholic Identity?

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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A Wish-List from a Parish Priest

[ 1 ] December 27, AD 2014 |
A Wish-List from a Parish Priest

A parish priest from the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, is working to raise funds for one of the two parishes he staffs. Holy Rosary Parish has great financial need. With Father’s permission, I am re-posting his wish list here. There is no better time to give to such a worthy cause than during the […]

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A Christmas Message

[ 1 ] December 26, AD 2014 |
A Christmas Message

This season of Christmas we recall the powerful words of Scripture, “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14). Christ became man to be with us and to experience life with us. He lived an authentic and real human life with all of its many aspects. I know during this time of year […]

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Enough

[ 1 ] December 23, AD 2014 |
Enough

Here I am, finally sitting down to write this, write something, procrastinating once again (or just finally getting around to this, it’s a dice roll these days) and I just can’t think of anything to say. What is there to say? I hear my extremely overtired toddler scream from her bedroom and my baby playing […]

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Could you not stay awake for one hour?

[ 4 ] December 22, AD 2014 |
Could you not stay awake for one hour?

I love holy hours. In the last year or so they have become my favorite devotion, and I try to make a holy hour as often as I can. Over the last year I have been developing my routine for such holy hours, since I, alas, am a creature of routine. All humans are, to […]

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Tweeting While in the Adoration Chapel…

[ 35 ] December 20, AD 2014 |
Tweeting While in the Adoration Chapel…

I was in the adoration chapel and I had an urge to tweet. I was so enthralled by Fr. Robert Barron’s eloquence on the life of St. Thomas Aquinas that I couldn’t hold it in. I just, couldn’t help myself, I HAD to project this moment of celestial clarity through the closest means digital evangelization […]

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What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

[ 10 ] December 19, AD 2014 |
What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

$30,000. 3 days. We had 3 days to raise $30,000, and I had no idea how we would pull it off. It was my senior year at Franciscan University, and I was blessed to be co-leading a mission to Ecuador that is so near to my heart. Plane tickets were beyond expensive that year, and […]

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Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

[ 1 ] December 18, AD 2014 |
Mary and the Love that Casts out Fear

Standing in line for confession recently, waiting to pour out to Christ all my mothering failures, I wondered for the hundredth time how the Blessed Mother did it. How did she raise a toddler without sinning? The constant demands of my children on my time, love, energies, and patience often wears me to the breaking […]

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The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |
The Worlds of Difference an “S” Can Make

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

[ 1 ] December 17, AD 2014 |
The Power of Tradition

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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The Beauty of the Season

[ 1 ] December 16, AD 2014 |
The Beauty of the Season

“This season is not about all the stuff, this season is about a promise that what God says God will do, He will do. Even if He says I’m gonna send a Savior – and it takes 700 years for that promise to come true – God is gonna do what God says He’s gonna […]

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Why I Got Married in a Church

[ 3 ] December 15, AD 2014 |
Why I Got Married in a Church

I’ve been to some beautiful weddings in some ugly churches. Either the carpet was old, the tabernacle was weird, the lighting was off, or the vestibule smelled like moth balls. Sounds romantic, no? Having taught Theology to teenage girls for years, one of the first questions they ask when we discuss the sacrament of marriage […]

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To The Mothers In Church

[ 1 ] December 15, AD 2014 |
To The Mothers In Church

Dear Moms who bring their kids to daily Mass, Church, adoration, and other church-ly activities, Thanks. Thanks for being an inspiration to women like me who are getting ready to start our own little screaming, crying, talk-whenever-they-want, make-all-kinds-of-bodily-noises brood. The fact that you bring your one (or seven, or somewhere in between) children to daily […]

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Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

[ 1 ] December 14, AD 2014 |
Christmas – When You Feel Like Scrooge

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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Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

[ 2 ] December 13, AD 2014 |
Does Contraception have a place in Christian Relief Work?

I was recently invited to tour a new medical ship run by the international Christian relief organisation Youth With a Mission (YWAM). This particular ship, destined for work in Papua New Guinea (PNG), is larger and newer than their current vessel, and it will allow YWAM to increase their medical assistance by 500%, offering healthcare […]

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