Tag: Catholicism

A Church for Sinners

A Church for Sinners

[ 2 ] March 18, AD 2015 |

We walked into the large sanctuary of a southeast beach parish and slipped into the back pew. The room was full of retired couples, perhaps a few local families, and some vacationers. A few rows in front, a middle-aged couple sat down. He was wearing black athletic pants with three white stripes running down the […]

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The Coming Islamic Revolution

The Coming Islamic Revolution

[ 8 ] January 13, AD 2015 |

World leaders and over three million people converged in France this weekend to mourn for those slain during the recent terrorist attacks against Charlie Hebdo, the satirical French magazine. This terrible tragedy comes on the heels of other recent attacks, such as those in Pakistan by Taliban-linked terrorists against schoolchildren in Peshawar, Boko Haram’s continuing […]

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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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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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The Cry of the Poor

The Cry of the Poor

[ 5 ] September 12, AD 2014 |

Warning: This article deals with infant death and parent grief. Recently Travis and I found ourselves at the hospital at the orthopedic surgeon’s office again. This time with a two day old baby whose left foot was twisted and deformed and needed to be set in a plaster cast. While there we met a little girl […]

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

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

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

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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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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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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What I Gleaned From Word on Fire’s <em>New Evangelization</em> Series

What I Gleaned From Word on Fire’s New Evangelization Series

[ 14 ] December 19, AD 2013 |

As always Father Robert Barron displays a masterful command of his subject matter in the latest documentary and study from Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. If I’m correct in what I’ve gleaned, he and his crew are fully in tune with the Church’s call to modern Christians. My one concern, however, is that some may lose […]

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“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

Let me start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. While the decorations and tree trimming and family dinners and presents are all fantastic, I love Christmas because it is the birthday of Our Lord, and one of the foremost liturgical feasts of the year. Having said that, it is often the […]

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My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?

My Little One, Am I Not Your Mother?

[ 0 ] December 12, AD 2013 |

Today the Church celebrates the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a great appearance of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. Juan Diego, which forever changed the course of history in the Americas. Her appearance on Tepeyac Hill, Mexico in 1531 helped convert millions and millions of people in the New World — Native Americans, […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 13 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

[ 14 ] November 11, AD 2013 |

By now you probably have heard that a massive typhoon hit the Philippines last Friday. Named Haiyan (or Yolanda), the typhoon is reportedly the strongest ever recorded in history, with winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 mph. Early reports coming out of the country say that as many as 10,000 […]

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Series on the Sacraments Part 3 – Holy Eucharist

Series on the Sacraments Part 3 – Holy Eucharist

[ 2 ] September 26, AD 2013 |

The third sacrament is the most Holy Eucharist. The Holy Eucharist is the most admirable sacrament, simply because it is Our Lord Himself. Jesus always wanted to be with us, so He gave us the Eucharist. Even in these times when many don’t even believe He truly is in the Eucharist, He waits day in […]

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Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

Rubricism, Juridicalism, and the Slavery of Preconciliar Catholicism

[ 17 ] September 24, AD 2013 |

I have been nerding out since I discovered that archive.org has digitized the 1912 edition of the Decreta Authentica Sacræ Congregationis Rituum, which contains all 4,284 decrees the dicastery had issued since its establishment by Pope Sixtus V in 1588 up to that time, answering countless practical questions about the proper celebration of Mass, the Sacraments, […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

[ 1 ] September 23, AD 2013 |

One of my good friends recently invited me over to his home for lunch after Mass. Ordinarily, it would not have been such an unusual get-together but for the fact that he and his wife recently had a newborn child. I was very excited to catch up with them and grateful for their hospitality — […]

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Three Lessons and Two Tips From Audrey Assad

Three Lessons and Two Tips From Audrey Assad

[ 4 ] September 22, AD 2013 |

3 Lessons and 2 Tips is a series of interviews on my blog in which some of my favorite people (and probably some of yours) share three lessons they’ve learned by being married, plus two tips for single people. This edition – which originally appeared on my blog – features Audrey Assad, a Catholic and […]

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Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

[ 1 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to progressive radio and keeps up on […]

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Series on the Sacraments Part 1 – Baptism

Series on the Sacraments Part 1 – Baptism

[ 18 ] September 12, AD 2013 |

A few days ago, I placed a poll on the side of my blog asking what series of articles to do first. The winner was “The Sacraments,” and in second was “Devotions to Our Lord,” and “Marian Apparitions” coming in as a tie. Therefore I will write an article on each sacrament each Thursday for my series. I hope you will stay tuned! […]

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War on Syria – A Way to Open Our Eyes

War on Syria – A Way to Open Our Eyes

[ 1 ] September 8, AD 2013 |

 In our world today, Syria is the focus of everyone’s attention. The thought of war escalating strikes fear in our eyes, and we pray for mercy… but maybe that’s what we need.   When we face the prospect of war, we are likely to become more fervent. We pray more, we look to heaven and sometimes even prepare for […]

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Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

[ 2 ] September 1, AD 2013 |

So what do you do on the Sunday before Labor Day?  I know a lot of people spend time with their families, maybe have a cookout.  My husband even knows someone who got married today.   Labor Day is generally the end of beach season, the end of summer, and for beachcombers like me, the start […]

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Sins, Despair, and the Love of God

Sins, Despair, and the Love of God

[ 3 ] August 29, AD 2013 |

“For love of souls, I instituted the Sacrament of Penance, that I might forgive them, not once or twice, but as often as they need it to recover grace. There I wait for them, longing to wash away their sins, not in water, but in My Blood. How often in the course of the ages […]

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10 Quotes about the Rosary

10 Quotes about the Rosary

[ 8 ] August 29, AD 2013 |

I really love everything about the Rosary. It is quite refreshing to read what other giants of the Holy Catholic Faith have to say about this priceless devotion. Quote #1 “The Rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of […]

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Thoughts On Protestants and Catholics

Thoughts On Protestants and Catholics

[ 13 ] August 23, AD 2013 |

I missed the quiet years for a minute today when I stumbled upon an abrasive tweet about the pope, written by an evangelical Christian. The quiet years are the six I spent not texting, the two or three sans social media, the life before my smartphone (which I only have owned since December). I missed […]

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Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful

[ 2 ] August 23, AD 2013 |

Anything worth knowing begins with a question. ‎Philosopher Etienne Gibson wrote, “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” I like asking questions, so perhaps I’m sympathetic towards the doubters of this world. I like to see them as truth-seekers, […]

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