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Dear Future Husband

April 25, AD 2017 21 Comments
Dear Future Husband

Dear Future Husband, I wonder what you are doing at this moment. Are you studying for finals? Maybe you’re chatting with friends, or are laughingly lost in a field of dandelions.  Are you sitting in Adoration? Or are you thinking of me? I have thought of you often over the years, and not a day goes by […]

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We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

April 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

We need the voice of St. John Paul II in this day of superficiality, where we seem to care about how things look more than how they actually are, we experience the breakdown of the human person to the point of public approval of the objectification of men and women as a form of entertainment, and […]

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Family Dinners

February 1, AD 2017 1 Comment
Family Dinners

By guest writer Dominic Cooray. I came across an idea over at Art of Manliness that I took for granted as a kid: In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen, I hope the talking begins.” Reagan was […]

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Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

December 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

During Advent and Christmas, I often think of the Holy Family. I look at the poor and homeless in my community in relation to Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Glancing at manger scenes, I contemplate the poverty of the Holy Family, and the impoverished in my community. I ponder their flight […]

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Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

November 11, AD 2016 0 Comments
Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I was on recently, was witnessing married couples renew their marriage vows in Cana of Galilee, the site where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast to which He and Mary were invited. A church now stands at the site. It […]

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NFP as a Mama of Three

July 31, AD 2016 2 Comments
NFP as a Mama of Three

It’s the end of NFP Awareness Week, so I’m going to throw in a few cents as a mama with three kids under three. Natural Family Planning is getting to know the woman’s fertility through various means (mucus, hormone monitor, basal thermometer, etc.) and then, making a decision about when to have sex in order […]

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Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

May 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
Amoris Laetitia, Beyond the Controversy

When Pope Francis issued his post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the mainstream media and major Catholic websites were all over it, highlighting the broad structure of the document and, mostly, focusing on the tricky issue of just what exactly Chapter 8 of the text means.  If that’s the type of article you’re looking for, look elsewhere. […]

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Schrödinger’s Family: An Open and Closed Case for Family Discernment

April 26, AD 2016 2 Comments
Schrödinger’s Family: An Open and Closed Case for Family Discernment

When our first son was born, we received hand-made stockings with our names on them for Christmas. I loved these stockings. They were well made and just the style I would have chosen. So when we found out that I was pregnant with our second son the next year, you can imagine how I panicked. […]

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Theology of the Body in ‘Friends’

February 3, AD 2016 6 Comments
Theology of the Body in ‘Friends’

The classic TV sitcom, Friends, is iconic for its long run, humor, and relatable characters that made everyone feel they were part of the “gang.” Friends also pushed the envelope, dealing with themes that America was just beginning to delve into in the 1990s. Taking a supportive and liberal approach to topics such as hook […]

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The Spirituality of the Parent

February 1, AD 2016 2 Comments
The Spirituality of the Parent

Don’t doubt it: your vocation is the greatest grace our Lord could have given you. Thank Him for it. -St. Josemaria Escriva I know this might not be true for everyone, but I need to admit that the ordinariness of the married vocation blinds me every now and then and I forget that this exact […]

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Your Vocation Is To Love

January 25, AD 2016 2 Comments
Your Vocation Is To Love

I’ve noticed that so many young Catholics have an inordinate amount anxiety about their vocations. I definitely put myself into this category. When I understood that my vocation was to the married life, it felt like I spent every waking moment worrying about it. Was this particular person “The One”? Was this other particular person […]

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Infertility in the Christmas Season

January 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Infertility in the Christmas Season

I recently finished weaning my toddler, my second born. When her sister was her age (nearly two and a half) she not only had been weaned for months, but I was also nearly halfway through my pregnancy with my youngest. I had always assumed that I would be pregnant again, by the time that I […]

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5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

October 22, AD 2015 17 Comments
5 Good Changes the Synod Could Make

Questions such as communion for the divorced and remarried, female deacons, and acceptance of homosexual relationships have dominated the media discussion about the Synod that began earlier this month. Instead of adding volume to those debates, I want to point out a few positive things we can pray come out of the synod. The synod […]

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Music inspired by wife’s illness, recovery

September 12, AD 2015 0 Comments
Music inspired by wife’s illness, recovery

While many newlyweds spend their first few months experiencing the joys and challenges of married life, Musician Stephen Sylvester and his wife, Afton, were struggling with a surprising and potentially devastating medical diagnosis. Recently, Ignitum Today Columnist Heather Renshaw sat down with Stephen to chat about life, faith, and Sylvester Band’s campaign to record music borne from that difficult yet inspiring time. Parts […]

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Why I Love the Song of Songs

September 3, AD 2015 0 Comments
Why I Love the Song of Songs

It seems like we rarely hear about the Song of Songs anymore. At Mass, we read from this book only a couple times of the year – during Advent, on the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, and at weddings. The few times we do hear this book at Mass, I’ve observed that the priest usually […]

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