Tag: Catholic Culture

Against Those Who Call Religious Art Idolatry

Against Those Who Call Religious Art Idolatry

[ 1 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Often times Catholics are called pagans and idol worshipers for depicting Christ, expressing Him in religious art, and expressing Him in statues. This is true in depicting the saints, angels, and the like. I find these arguments very strange. The most commonly cited “proof” is from Exodus 20:4 and similar passages: “Thou shalt not make […]

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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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To The Mothers In Church

To The Mothers In Church

[ 1 ] December 15, AD 2014 |

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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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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Considerations About the Synod

Considerations About the Synod

[ 3 ] October 26, AD 2014 |

In light of the many articles and comments arising from the recent Synod on the Family, I would like to offer some thoughts on the topic at hand that may be helpful for others who are attempting to follow the news on this issue. In any academic setting, and even in every investigative setting, one […]

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The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

The Ten Virtues of Mary Series

[ 1 ] October 23, AD 2014 |

This content was originally published at To the Heights and has been reformatted for the Ignitum Today readers! If you’re a faithful Catholic woman, chances are you’ve heard advice along the lines of, “Just be like Our Lady” more times than you can count. And if you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve silently responded, “What […]

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JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

JPII and the Crisis of Freedom

[ 2 ] October 10, AD 2014 |

In the classic Bill Murray flick Groundhog Day, Punxsutawney Phil is called a “prognosticator of prognosticators.”  Catholics could borrow that phrase and apply it to St. John Paul II because in 1993, he penned an encyclical which even today diagnoses, with incredible specificity, many of the world’s most serious moral crises. With elections approaching in many […]

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An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

An Interview with Alanna Boudreau

[ 1 ] September 25, AD 2014 |

How do you judge good music? What are your standards? When do you know that you’ve encountered an incredible song or artist? One way I judge music is by its ability to snap me out of whatever I’m doing in the present moment and transport me to a different place, season, state, or memory. Really […]

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A New Voice for the Church in Africa

A New Voice for the Church in Africa

[ 3 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

A year and a half ago, my husband received a phone call that would change our lives. A priest friend of ours was starting a new project and he was building a team for it. Thus began our partnership with Father Maurice Emelu founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, and priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu […]

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Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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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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Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

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Natural Family Planning is Hard

Natural Family Planning is Hard

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

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Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

Book Review: Under the Influence of Jesus

[ 3 ] June 3, AD 2014 |

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the latest book by Joe Paprocki, a national consultant […]

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Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and the Catholic Imagination

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Growing up, I spent most of my childhood reading, writing, and pretending I lived in fantastical stories. As I got older, I wondered how I could return to the wonderful world of fairyland. Now that I am a mama to a brave knight and princess, I find that I never left. I have come to […]

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Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

[ 12 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Chatting with a friend recently, we remarked that having children had made us each realize the value of a Catholic spouse. We both marveled that we had once considered the possibility of compromising. In college, it was easy to flirt with the idea of dating—and even marrying—someone who did not share our faith. I went […]

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The End of the Anonymous Church

The End of the Anonymous Church

[ 7 ] April 11, AD 2014 |

One of the key issues in our church today is that we are disconnected. Regardless of whether the church is full or its empty on a Sunday, most of the attendees hardly say a word to the people next to each other. Much of St. Paul’s epistles are spent documenting the growth and life of […]

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When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

[ 2 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

Life, in all its glory, is pretty messy. Sin skips and trips us through life as we try to be faithful and nothing halts us up more than the compare and contrast game. You know the game: Why did she do that? Can you believe he said that? I would never… You would never… lie or cheat, commit […]

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Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

[ 0 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

Nearly everything human (and worthwhile) is ritual if you think about it. A purely utilitarian approach to family dining, for example, would consist in standing around a pot on the stove, each person with a spoon in hand – that way we all eat at once and “efficiently” save the most time (it might even be […]

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Witnessing to the World

Witnessing to the World

[ 3 ] March 29, AD 2014 |

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today’s world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks “How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?” The answer: faith is caught. Our interactions with others, the pope says, “need […]

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Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

[ 3 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for me, but […]

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Romancing the Religion

Romancing the Religion

[ 2 ] February 3, AD 2014 |

Forgive the (now somewhat dated) reference to the 80s movie, Romancing the Stone. In his latest book, Fr. Dwight Longenecker seeks to romance something even more valuable than a precious green jewel. The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,” after all, “is so romantic about religion?” Religion seems like the hidebound […]

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Not the Most Important Day

Not the Most Important Day

[ 0 ] January 27, AD 2014 |

There is a tendency among girls and women today to think that our wedding day will be the most important day in our lives. On the surface, that makes sense, especially when we consider that we are entering the Sacrament of Marriage. But when we look deeper we find that most girls think that is […]

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Generation Maybe

Generation Maybe

[ 0 ] January 10, AD 2014 |

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24 These are challenging words from Jesus.  They cut to the heart and demand a response.  Jesus invites us to count the cost, and decide whether He is worth […]

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Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

[ 13 ] January 4, AD 2014 |

In the last few years, a preferred topic of journalistic inquiry amongst concerned Baby Boomers and Gen Xers is the unique situation caused by the invasion of the workforce by Millenials. Born from the early 80s to the early aughts, Millenials bear the positive distinction of being among the most idealistic and socially conscious generations […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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