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Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

October 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy will come to a close with the end of the liturgical year on November 20. How can we make the most of the final month of this Jubilee Year? Here are some ways to finish out with a bang: 1) If you haven’t yet made a Holy Door Pilgrimage, now is […]

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Insulting the Saints

October 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Insulting the Saints

But whereunto shall I esteem this generation to be like? It is like to children sitting in the market place. Who crying to their companions say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned. For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He […]

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Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

October 2, AD 2016 0 Comments
Have You Talked to Your Angel Today?

God, in His merciful goodness and abundant love, assigned an angel to protect and help me as I stumble awkwardly towards Heaven. Furthermore, God has assigned a guardian angel to each person, which we know from both Scripture and the Tradition of the Church. “For he commands his angels with regard to you, to guard you […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

August 10, AD 2016 1 Comment
Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

The human person knows by nature that there is a certain code by which he must live.  Man also knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wants to be happy.  As fallen human beings, we often sense a strain between the natural law and our innermost need for happiness.  In the world today there are many […]

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Not Just for Nerds: Why We Should Read Encyclicals

August 8, AD 2016 2 Comments
Not Just for Nerds: Why We Should Read Encyclicals

When I was a high school student, my classmates and I often had to participate in large discussions called “Socratic Seminars.” In preparation for these seminars, our teachers would assign reading material that often was lengthy, such as several pages of a papal encyclical. On the day of the seminar, in order to gain full credit for […]

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NFP as a Mama of Three

July 31, AD 2016 2 Comments
NFP as a Mama of Three

It’s the end of NFP Awareness Week, so I’m going to throw in a few cents as a mama with three kids under three. Natural Family Planning is getting to know the woman’s fertility through various means (mucus, hormone monitor, basal thermometer, etc.) and then, making a decision about when to have sex in order […]

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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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Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

March 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Redeeming Lent this Holy Week

The celebration of Holy Week can do amazing things to prepare our souls for the grace and celebration of Easter Sunday.

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3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Holy Week

March 21, AD 2016 0 Comments
3 Simple Ways to Celebrate Holy Week

The end is in sight! Some of us may have persevered relentlessly with our Lenten practices, and others may have struggled a bit here and there (I am part of the latter group). No matter where you fall, though, you can still finish this liturgical season with a renewed vigor as Easter draws near. Instead of bouncing directly […]

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Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years

February 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Au Revoir: Looking Back Over Three Years

On March 15, 2013, I published my first essay on Ignitum Today. Unfortunately, my original piece, “A Theology of Oz the Great and Powerful: A Movie Review,” was lost due to a server crash. The same was true for my second article, “Celebrating Easter with Our Lady.” In my nearly three years with this website, I […]

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An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

January 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
An Old Saint on a New Acquaintance

Some of us Catholics count our “Catholic credentials” by our knowledge of obscure catholic words; some of us by how many bishops we can name; but most of us use our knowledge of the saints as the absolute litmus test. For me, memories of All Saints Day parties surface each November, and the endless quest […]

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“A Single Bead” Book Review

January 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
“A Single Bead” Book Review

I was recently invited to read and review A Single Bead. Written by Stephanie Engelman (who blogs over at A Few Beads Short) this beautiful little novel is a part of the Pauline Teen offerings. From the book’s description: “On the anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of her beloved grandmother and […]

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Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

January 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Choral Music in the Churches: Part I, Inculturation

When I imagine liturgists, this is what comes to mind: Inculturation, the adaptation of liturgical texts, languages, rites, and, most especially, of music, to respect or reflect the sensibilities of various peoples, while certainly a watchword in the postconciliar Church, has been a reality from the very beginning of Christian history. At some point in the […]

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Christmas: It’s More Than 12 Days Long!

December 28, AD 2015 0 Comments
Christmas: It’s More Than 12 Days Long!

Merry Christmas! Yes, that’s right, it’s still Christmas. Even though many stores and parks take down their decorations after December 25 or once the year 2015 ends, we continue to celebrate Christ’s birth in this glorious season. Our churches continue to be adorned with greenery, poinsettias, and Nativity sets, and statues of the Wise Men […]

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