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Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

November 18, AD 2016 1 Comment
Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Scholars Take On Feminism and Complementarity

Promise and Challenge: Catholic Women Reflect on Feminism, Complementarity, and The Church. Kinda says it all, doesn’t it? In this book a group of distinguished, faithful, Catholic women scholars take Pope Francis’ call for a deeper theology of women and run with it. They reflect on what such a theology would look like and where […]

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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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Does Evil Disprove God?

June 15, AD 2016 2 Comments
Does Evil Disprove God?

In an apologetics course I am taking this semester, we recently discussed the argument often propagated by atheists that God must not exist due to the existence of evil in the world. Based on the arguments for God’s existence in spite of evil, found in “The Handbook of Catholic Apologetics” by Peter Kreeft and Ronald […]

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The Sensitive Child and Lent

March 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Sensitive Child and Lent

Lent is one of my favorite times of the Church year. There is a lot of richness in these forty days, and so much opportunity for family and personal faith development. But, Lent and Easter can also be a challenge to teach children about, especially if you have a sensitive child. I was a sensitive child […]

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The “I’m ‘More Catholic’ Than You Are…” Problem

January 30, AD 2016 5 Comments
The “I’m ‘More Catholic’ Than You Are…” Problem

I will be the first to admit that I love knowing (often useless) bits of information. Trivia games excite me, as I like to impress people with my knowledge. Who doesn’t enjoy looking intelligent? However, just as I can get prideful over the facts that I know, many of us Catholics can get prideful over […]

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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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Comfort In Christ Falling

December 8, AD 2015 2 Comments
Comfort In Christ Falling

Multiple times I have written about the struggles of being a goal-oriented person, about the difficulty in surrendering when my first instinct is to try and plan my life down to the minute, to try to make it as productive as possible.  As my journey through college continues, the idea of opening my hands to receive […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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The Beauty of (Our) Fall

November 18, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Beauty of (Our) Fall

We as Christians are called to a life of death and resurrection. Dying to ourselves, dying to our sin, dying to our desires.

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Sacramentals and Holy Water Therapy

September 25, AD 2015 5 Comments
Sacramentals and Holy Water Therapy

My husband works at our Archdiocesan seminary, and we try to meet him for Mass there at least once a week. The other day, I was pacing the narthex with my two year old, who had had speech therapy that morning. Her main speech goal at the moment is putting together two word phrases. As […]

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Faith on an Island…50 Years Ago

September 22, AD 2015 2 Comments
Faith on an Island…50 Years Ago

My mother is from the Azores Islands, which are part of the country of Portugal. They are a group of nine islands between Portugal and the United States, out in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. My mom is from São Jorge (Saint George), a rugged and beautiful island with about nine thousand inhabitants. Like […]

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Why?

September 15, AD 2015 18 Comments
Why?

Enviably, I recently canvassed a room full of young people, my students, about church attendance. The occasion was an all-school Mass earlier that day. A non-Catholic student broached the question of worship style, repeating the decades-old platitudes about young people abandoning the faith because of boring music and dull liturgy (for the record, the singing at this Mass […]

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Pope Francis is Human

September 12, AD 2015 4 Comments
Pope Francis is Human

Last month I wrote a post analyzing the National Geographic cover story entitled “Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican”.  I read the article skeptically, expecting to come away feeling frustrated with slanted reporting, and still knowing hardly anything about what Pope Francis was actually doing.  Instead, I found myself enjoying the inside look at the Pope shared […]

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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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