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Loneliness & Communion

December 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
Loneliness & Communion

Loneliness has two faces. One is human loneliness, and the other is loneliness for the divine. “My heart shall not rest until it rest in Thee.” Human loneliness is painful and tears one apart sometimes, blurring the face of a divine loneliness that Christ sends. Tenderness, gentleness and understanding help us to live in both […]

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Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

November 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. —Matthew 12:36 When you find out that people have been gossiping about you, you understandably feel violated and wronged. But why is gossip so bad? First of all, what is gossip? The […]

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Judging and Loving

October 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Judging and Loving

It is a strange thing, but we as human beings are often eager critics. It is so easy to criticize, to catch the flaws and failures of others. Whether we mull over others’ faults in the back of our minds, speak openly to their faces, or take it upon ourselves to send a quick “Hey, […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

August 10, AD 2016 1 Comment
Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

The human person knows by nature that there is a certain code by which he must live.  Man also knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wants to be happy.  As fallen human beings, we often sense a strain between the natural law and our innermost need for happiness.  In the world today there are many […]

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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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Seeing the Invisible God

July 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Seeing the Invisible God

Don’t we all long to see God? Yet, so much of the time, He remains largely invisible to us. How does He reveal Himself in our day-to-day lives? When we want to see someone we can’t actually meet, such as a loved one who moved far away, we often keep pictures—images—in our homes. Now we […]

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Among the Huddled Masses

June 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Among the Huddled Masses

Here is what it’s like to live in New York City: Every day I walk a maze of sidewalks and dodge a never-ending stream of people, cars, bicycles, scooters, dogs, strollers, and pigeons. I navigate subway transfers with efficiency and precision, knowing the exact spot to stand on each platform to minimize my time in […]

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The Trouble with Time

April 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Trouble with Time

“I’m sorry—I just don’t have time!” How often have we heard words like these—and how often do we express this lack ourselves! At least, I know I constantly sense the pressure of varieties of responsibilities and needs that seem to take up all my time, and more besides. Yet, we are all called to generosity […]

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The Key to Happiness: Relationships

March 31, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Key to Happiness: Relationships

A while back a friend sent me a TED talk about a study on happiness. The results did not surprise me, but confirmed exactly what I’ve been pondering on for the past few years: relationships are what make us happy, their quality and quantity. I would add even more to that: relationships are what we […]

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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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Graces for Gollum: Frodo’s Heroic Charity in The Lord of the Rings

December 30, AD 2015 9 Comments
Graces for Gollum: Frodo’s Heroic Charity in The Lord of the Rings

In Tolkien’s classic The Lord of the Rings, two of his greatest heroes, Frodo and Sam, seem to be at odds over their relationship with the wicked creature, Gollum. While Sam finds Gollum naturally repulsive and seldom hesitates to let these feelings be known, Frodo offers Gollum kindness, even calling him by his name, Sméagol, […]

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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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Catholic Radio for the New Evangelization

August 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Catholic Radio for the New Evangelization

Real Life Radio is a new Catholic media, focusing on relational evangelization. Based in the US, it delivers a range of programs through mobile streaming apps and its online site. Its focus is to reach the disengaged and disconnected Catholics who make an appearance at Mass at least once a year. They want to preach, […]

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