Tag: Christian Living

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

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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A Servant’s Heart

A Servant’s Heart

[ 2 ] December 12, AD 2014 |

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

[ 6 ] December 10, AD 2014 |

Martyrdom confounds the modern mind… and how could it not? Living in an age of religious skepticism and scientism, we “enlightened” Westerners are unable to speak the same language or see the same world as the martyr, who found himself or herself unable to abandon their God to purchase comfort and well-being. What are we suppose to […]

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From the Realms of Glory

From the Realms of Glory

[ 2 ] December 3, AD 2014 |

I imagine angels to be like responsible teenagers asked to babysit their toddler siblings. I’m sure that my own guardian angel is often exasperated with me, as tends to happen when babysitting mischievous toddlers. Sometimes the kids are adorable, and sometimes you have to lure the guinea pig out from under the couch because the […]

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The Suffering Question

The Suffering Question

[ 3 ] November 28, AD 2014 |

The first time I went to Europe came about when my essay was chosen to receive a mostly paid pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome.  $800 out of my pocket was all it took for me to embark on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage experience. Since then I have always looked back with such fond […]

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The Loss of the Orphan

The Loss of the Orphan

[ 2 ] November 25, AD 2014 |

I have been living in fear. I have been fearful that God will take away the things I love – my children, my husband, family – if I trust in Him wholeheartedly. Logically, it makes sense concerning my history. In the past ten years I’ve lost my mom, left my home, left my new home […]

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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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Walking Mysteries

Walking Mysteries

[ 5 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

“Anyone who fails to go forward begins to go back, and love, I believe, can never be content to stay for long where it is.” —St. Teresa of Avila Have you ever reached a point in a friendship or relationship where you begin to feel you’re running out of things to talk about? Do you […]

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Be a Window

Be a Window

[ 2 ] November 5, AD 2014 |

Have you ever met someone who just seems to radiate Christ with every fiber of his or her being; where you can just see their love for God reflecting from their bodies? It’s a sort of aura, a glow, that just emanates out and has the profound power to draw people in. It’s a joy that is shown […]

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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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Go Home and Love Your Family

Go Home and Love Your Family

[ 3 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

[ 1 ] August 7, AD 2014 |

(This post is part of a series. Read Part 1 here.) Until I put it into the context of the child and parent relationship, I never understood how desperately God wants sainthood for every human being. I knew that God was my Father, but my concept of that love was based entirely on my experience as a […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

God Only Helps Whom?

[ 2 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood?  He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him.  Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

Sacred Heart, Change My Heart

[ 1 ] June 27, AD 2014 |

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast was requested in reparation for the ingratitude for the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This feast day also means we can eat meat today (Canon 1251), which is another reason to rejoice. I have a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of […]

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“My Kids Ruin My Life” and Other Lies

“My Kids Ruin My Life” and Other Lies

[ 3 ] June 5, AD 2014 |

Today I scrubbed grape slushee off my floor and my children, washed out a pair of superhero undies in the sink of a public bathroom, removed a splinter from the foot of a one-year-old, restocked an entire dresser with clothes which had been strewn willy-nilly during the few minutes I had tried to shower, and […]

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A Letter to Silence and Solitude

A Letter to Silence and Solitude

[ 2 ] May 24, AD 2014 |

Dear Silence and Solitude, I miss you. Over the past few years I have seen our time together dwindle. From long periods a few years back, to now brief glimpses of each other, sweet moments that are far between. Our time together has been invaded by four sweet and energetic children who are under the […]

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Setting the Example

Setting the Example

[ 0 ] May 15, AD 2014 |

There’s a young couple at church that we like hanging out with.  They’re in their twenties and just starting out, but so smart and fun that they just are miles and years ahead of where we were at that age. They don’t treat us like the old fogeys we are, who wouldn’t like that? Last […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy sentences. After some amused observation, I eventually joined in […]

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Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

Blessed are the Pure in Heart: Finding Freedom from Porn Addiction — Part II

[ 3 ] May 5, AD 2014 |

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God….” -Matthew 5:8 One of the paintings that is most dear to my heart is Diego Velazquez’s The Temptation of St. Thomas Aquinas. For anyone who has struggled with sexual sins, I think this work has the power to evoke many different feelings. In it I […]

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Without

Without

[ 0 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

On Holy Saturday night, I met a woman whose son has a disorder on the autism spectrum known as Sensory Processing Disorder. As she explained it to me, this amounts to an inability to tune out any information coming in by the senses, making focused functioning in anything but extremely tranquil environments very difficult. The […]

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If Saints Were Superheroes

If Saints Were Superheroes

[ 3 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but […]

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More of the Same

More of the Same

[ 1 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Recently, as I was driving home, I was reflecting on the day and what a chaotic week it was going to pan out to be. Then I thought to myself, is this how it will always be?  It seems since getting engaged that each week has had its own project. Week 1: Pick a date, find […]

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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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