Tag: spirituality

Making Every Friday “Good”

Making Every Friday “Good”

[ 1 ] April 11, AD 2014 |

Easter is coming; fast! I mean the action, not the adjective.  It’s a command. Once Easter comes, it seems, we forget about this wonderful act of self-denial. We break our fast and indulge in whatever it is we gave up for the past 40+ days. (Yes, Lent is longer than 40 days, and actually ends […]

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Fast from Success

Fast from Success

[ 5 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

If I look deep, I find my inner self hooked up to a drip IV of success. I heard once at a summer retreat that we all look to the three “P”s to wrongly satisfy our inner desires and insecurities: power, prestige or popularity. It is natural to want good things for ourselves and loved […]

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Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

[ 0 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

Nearly everything human (and worthwhile) is ritual if you think about it. A purely utilitarian approach to family dining, for example, would consist in standing around a pot on the stove, each person with a spoon in hand – that way we all eat at once and “efficiently” save the most time (it might even be […]

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Open the Door…

Open the Door…

[ 1 ] January 14, AD 2014 |

A reflection written in the midst of my first semester of college… Flirting starts based off of an initial attraction: a girl notices a guy, likes what she sees, and starts playfully teasing him in an effort to show him she’s there and interested-  though ultimately it’s up to him to make the first move.  […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 1 ] January 13, AD 2014 |

As in seasons past, our recent Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations are now only distant memories.  The weather remains quite frigid and winter has not yet let go of its grip. But even if the days remain dark, we know that spring is ever closer and the sun will shine brighter with each coming […]

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Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

[ 13 ] January 4, AD 2014 |

In the last few years, a preferred topic of journalistic inquiry amongst concerned Baby Boomers and Gen Xers is the unique situation caused by the invasion of the workforce by Millenials. Born from the early 80s to the early aughts, Millenials bear the positive distinction of being among the most idealistic and socially conscious generations […]

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Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

[ 4 ] December 30, AD 2013 |

It was a debate, a debate that dominated my prayer the night before, my getting ready the day of, and the drive there on that day. Was I really in a state of being that was unworthy of receiving Jesus in the Eucharist? My desire for Him was and is so great…but not great enough, apparently, to […]

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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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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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On Teaching and Loving

On Teaching and Loving

[ 2 ] November 19, AD 2013 |

“We need to be clear in presenting the Church’s teaching, but patient with the struggle to live it.” This quote comes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in the 2011 book by John L. Allen Jr. titled “A People of Hope.” In the section of the book where this comes from, Cardinal Dolan […]

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His Burthen is Light

His Burthen is Light

[ 0 ] October 22, AD 2013 |

My training is in Classics. That kind of nearly obsessive focus on grammar bears some peculiar fruit in my day to day life. For one, I find it immensely difficult to sit down with a book and read it. Every sentence, no matter how prosaic, fascinates me. Without meaning to, I find myself immediately engrossed […]

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To Close Our Eyes and See

To Close Our Eyes and See

[ 1 ] October 21, AD 2013 |

I recently moved to New York City a little less than a month ago to begin a semester-long internship. So far, I’m enjoying the work and consider it a dream come true to be here. New York is one of those cities that no one can quite sum up. There are so many places to […]

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Opening Hands

Opening Hands

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2013 |

Before I left for college, I wrote about how my tendency to control and plan every aspect of my life often hurt more than it helped, leaving me frustrated and stressed because I was counting on my own strength instead of God’s.  As the weeks leading up to college quickly passed, I made a daily […]

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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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Series on the Sacraments Part 4 – Penance

Series on the Sacraments Part 4 – Penance

[ 10 ] October 3, AD 2013 |

 Confession is one of the greatest proofs of God’s love for us. Even though we crucified Him, denied Him, and didn’t follow His laws, He still waits for us every day in the confessional box, waiting for us to repent in order to show us His mercy. He takes into great consideration the fact that […]

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Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

Family Life: A Call for Volunteers

[ 4 ] 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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