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The Vocation of Motherhood

August 4, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Vocation of Motherhood

One of the most insidious and harmful ideas that mothers labor under is the idea that we can raise flawless children. Rationally we know this isn’t true, but emotionally we throw ourselves into this impossible task. It is honorable and understandable to try to always do best by and for your children. But this can […]

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Of Mountains and Molehills

June 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Of Mountains and Molehills

One of my favorite throwaway phrases is “first world problems.” It never fails to make me laugh. Whether it’s my sister and a friend complaining about having to replace the batteries in her battery-operated wine opener, or my friends and I griping about too many fashion images and not enough fitness pins in our Pinterest […]

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Mary-ing Our Marthas

May 15, AD 2017 2 Comments
Mary-ing Our Marthas

I was at a high school soccer game recently. I didn’t know the girls playing, but my second daughter was collecting the balls hit out of bounds with the rest of her soccer team. At least she was supposed to. They were focused, at first. But as the game wore on, the girls seemed more […]

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Parents Are An Image of God

September 20, AD 2016 1 Comment
Parents Are An Image of God

The image of God that parents can portray is meant to make a mark in the hearts and memories of the children it serves. In this way, parents will do much more in the lives of their kids by leaving with them a living impression of God in a way that is impossible for anything […]

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Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

February 9, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning About Self-Donation at the Gym

I was reflecting on my first month of the new year and my resolution/theme of “stronger.” I’ve been going to the gym a lot this month and can see so much physical change in my body, along with emotional and mental change and discipline. But as I was reflecting on all this, my thoughts turned to […]

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Learning from the Moms

October 28, AD 2015 0 Comments
Learning from the Moms

I’m a new priest and I have a lot to learn. Of course, working in a parish affords me many opportunities to work with different and diverse groups of people. A group of mothers approached me a few months ago and asked if I would be willing to lead a book discussion for them. I […]

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She Isn’t (Just) My Daughter

June 29, AD 2015 0 Comments
She Isn’t (Just) My Daughter

Two things happened recently, that put me in a state of panic. First, we went to visit my parents, and I saw several of the mothers of the children I used to babysit for. One was out watering her plants, the other was arriving home from work. I was walking with one of my daughters […]

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To See and Love as Him

June 15, AD 2015 0 Comments
To See and Love as Him

I can’t stop talking about my daughter. Well, I could, but I have absolutely no desire to. I want to take a zillion more pictures of her and show them off to anyone who will talk to me for more than a second. When she’s sleeping I want to watch her sleep, to soak up […]

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St. Zoe and the Altar of Worldly Comfort

June 9, AD 2015 1 Comment
St. Zoe and the Altar of Worldly Comfort

When choosing my Confirmation saint, I had only one requirement – that the saint be someone no one else was likely to choose. I wanted to be different and have an intercessor all to myself. This led me to St. Zoe of Pamphilia – a New Testament mother of Maccabees. St. Zoe lived in a […]

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Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

November 13, AD 2014 2 Comments
Stay-At-Home-Moms are Warriors

I am ever more convinced of this: mothers who stay at home with children, especially when it comes to large families, are brave. They put all their chickens in one basket and hope to be good at one thing only: raising well-formed little people. Getting other people to turn out how we’d like them to […]

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Parables In Parenting

December 30, AD 2013 2 Comments
Parables In Parenting

Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. These lines always seemed particularly beautiful to me, even as a child. They are so intimate, so feminine. When I became a mother myself they became even more powerful because they reveal the heart of a mother, pondering the mystery of her child, her heart […]

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Ralph’s Mom

October 11, AD 2013 1 Comment
Ralph’s Mom

Recently my son and I were at the grocery store. He was wearing a Thomas the Tank Engine shirt and was playing with the cart as we waited in line at the deli counter. He turned the cart in a circle and then smiled up at me and the woman ahead of me.     “Is […]

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