Tag: Life

Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

[ 4 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the reader to take […]

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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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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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Lent and the Kingdom of God

Lent and the Kingdom of God

[ 0 ] March 11, AD 2014 |

As I am writing this article, I have only recently wiped the ashes off of my forehead reminding me that I am dust and I will one day return to dust. At the Mass commemorating Ash Wednesday, Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians [2 Corinthians 6:2] reminded us that God promised to hear us in an […]

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The Secrets to Happiness

The Secrets to Happiness

[ 5 ] February 1, AD 2014 |

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really ‘lived’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we […]

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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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Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness

Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

I’ll never forget the disaster zone that was our apartment on the evening after my baby shower. Every possible blanket, gadget, toy, and baby-seat lay scattered around in that 700 square foot, one bedroom apartment. I was about to go into full blown panic mode at 8 months pregnant, but my husband’s eyes lit up […]

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A Singular Vocation

A Singular Vocation

[ 1 ] October 23, AD 2013 |

When my fiancé and I were still just dating, we approached our priest and spiritual director and asked him how we might discern if we were called to marriage together. He leaned back in his chair and said, “You have to know how to pray, and what to ask when you pray.” Father went on […]

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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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The “Death Threat” Perspective

The “Death Threat” Perspective

[ 1 ] September 28, AD 2013 |

My wife woke up this morning earlier than normal and hugged me, real hard. Surprised and in a sleepy stupor, I hugged her back as she began to tell me that she had a horrible dream in which I had died. Overcome by the emotional turmoil suffered in her dream, the glorious reality that I […]

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Eyewitness to Evil

Eyewitness to Evil

[ 2 ] September 25, AD 2013 |

The sort of life in their eyes reflected nothing but anger, pain, hurt, and hatred…

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The Importance of Life Media

The Importance of Life Media

[ 3 ] September 14, AD 2013 |

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being”pro-choice” is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while we as pro-lifers have to well explain our side of the debate. A side that once heard out, often changes hearts and minds towards […]

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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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What does Faith mean to you?

What does Faith mean to you?

[ 7 ] August 17, AD 2013 |

In the Year of Faith I was asked by my local Catholic newspaper to write about what faith means to me. Here’s my thoughts: Faith to me is life. In our world today, particularly in my peer group, faith I think can be seen as an optional extra, even something that you don’t need at […]

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Valuing All of the Facets of Life

Valuing All of the Facets of Life

[ 2 ] July 21, AD 2013 |

Earlier today, I watched “Hello Herman,” a movie that explores the subject of school shootings in an interesting format. The film taught me nothing that I did not already know, but its methods of display shook me to my core. While it is not distinctly religious (the main character takes a swipe at religion early […]

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