Tag: family

Desperately Seeking Community

Desperately Seeking Community

[ 0 ] July 19, AD 2014 |

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness.  Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my […]

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On Polished Wedding Rings

On Polished Wedding Rings

[ 2 ] June 28, AD 2014 |

I always thought that wedding rings should be simple, like tiny little handcuffs that you would use to happily shackle yourself to another person for the rest of your lives. And so, choosing a wedding band was easy when my husband and I married nearly five years ago. It was a simple, white gold band […]

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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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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so much opinionated hype swirling around it in the first […]

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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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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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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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Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

Purity Balls: the Good, the Bad, and the Catholic

[ 13 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

He kneels before me, taking my hand in his, and slips a ring on my finger. I look it at: it’s beautiful, so sparkly, and I’m in awe of what it symbolises. This is what love is, I think. He tells me how glad he is so that he is able to give me ring, […]

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Families Support Each Other

Families Support Each Other

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

A man shared with me recently that at his swimming competitions when he was a little boy, he would watch his teammate embrace his coach at the end of competitions and think of his own father. Although his father never went to his swimming competitions (only his mother), the image of his teammate embracing his coach at […]

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Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

Six More Reasons Why Everyone Should Have kids

[ 249 ] December 21, AD 2013 |

Last August, I wrote about why everyone should have kids. At several points in the combox, I was called out for being selfish. According to both troll and pleasant soul, the reasons I provided in said post were all about me. It got me thinking, perhaps I am guilty of such crimes? And so, here’s […]

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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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Stop Pushing Boundaries

Stop Pushing Boundaries

[ 1 ] November 23, AD 2013 |

  Some help for when your son tells you he wants to be a priest… I worked at a college for a few years that came up with what some claimed to be such a wonderful marketing slogan:  Pushing Boundaries. Question #1 – what does that even mean?  I was always perplexed by such an […]

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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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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 5 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Who You are Called to Be

Who You are Called to Be

[ 1 ] October 3, AD 2013 |

By the entrance of the door to my apartment, I have hanging on my wall a copy of Murillo’s The Return of the Prodigal Son. Although I sometimes do not remember to look at it, whenever I do it reminds me of ‘homecoming.’ I have been reflecting upon this parable ever since I heard it […]

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Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

[ 5 ] September 29, AD 2013 |

Wait…you want me to be involved? This week was our parish’s Ministry Fair. They have been publicizing this fair for weeks.   When we headed over for Mass, we saw a huge white tent on the lawn, the kind you see for wedding receptions, concerts and the like.  Along with the tent came cookies, bagels, and […]

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