Tag: vocation

A Servant’s Heart

A Servant’s Heart

[ 2 ] December 12, AD 2014 |

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I […]

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It Isn’t Mine

It Isn’t Mine

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2014 |

There is a tendency in ministry to talk about what we do as “ours” or “mine”. I’ve fallen into that trap more times than I can count. My ministry is growing or my program has seen much change and improvement. Wrong. This ministry I’m blessed to work with isn’t mine. It is God’s – He just lets me be […]

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Go Home and Love Your Family

Go Home and Love Your Family

[ 3 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

Pope Francis’ Missionary Impulse: a Transformation I Didn’t Want

[ 3 ] September 3, AD 2014 |

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and narrow. After all kinds of turmoil in my […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

Children of God: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches, Part 1

[ 1 ] July 31, AD 2014 |

The other night at bedtime, I vowed not to read any stories to anyone who did not clean up their toys.  When they saw that there was no possible appeal of this horrible sentence, my children climbed up in the rocking chair together and read each other a story.  Even though they were conspiring to […]

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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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The Myth of 100%

The Myth of 100%

[ 3 ] June 16, AD 2014 |

With my own marriage mere weeks old now, I can’t help but reflect on this notion that you have to be 100% sure about the person you are going to marry before you get engaged. Somehow this notion of “100% certainty” has taken over with many of my friends near and far. Allow me, if you will, […]

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“My Kids Ruin My Life” and Other Lies

“My Kids Ruin My Life” and Other Lies

[ 3 ] June 5, AD 2014 |

Today I scrubbed grape slushee off my floor and my children, washed out a pair of superhero undies in the sink of a public bathroom, removed a splinter from the foot of a one-year-old, restocked an entire dresser with clothes which had been strewn willy-nilly during the few minutes I had tried to shower, and […]

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Those That Came Before

Those That Came Before

[ 1 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

To all of those who came before: Thank you. Thank you for having the courage to end things, even though it may have been hard. Thank you for recognizing that I wasn’t “The One,” even if I told you that idea was insane. Thank you for letting me go so that God could bring something […]

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Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy sentences. After some amused observation, I eventually joined in […]

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Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

Sacramental Marriage: Why Settle for Less?

[ 12 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Chatting with a friend recently, we remarked that having children had made us each realize the value of a Catholic spouse. We both marveled that we had once considered the possibility of compromising. In college, it was easy to flirt with the idea of dating—and even marrying—someone who did not share our faith. I went […]

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A Philosophy of Style

A Philosophy of Style

[ 3 ] April 9, AD 2014 |

As Catholics, we know that we have a call to be “in the world, not of the world.” I find that many use this catchy phrase as a way to relieve some of the burden of living in the world, reminding us that living in the secular world is temporary and we can make it. […]

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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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In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

[ 6 ] March 22, AD 2014 |

Simcha Fisher responded to my article. Simcha Fisher. I was thrilled to hear that I’d gotten the attention of Mrs. Fisher and that she had not only read my piece, but had decided that it was good enough – or bad enough – to merit a response on her part. After reading her response and […]

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My Desire for Marriage

My Desire for Marriage

[ 4 ] March 16, AD 2014 |

As I approach ordination to the Diaconate after 12 years in the seminary it’s easy to think about the many “what ifs” in my life. Things such as career, money, jobs, a wife, children, and even a permanent home are things I’ve given up in pursuit of this call. A call, however, is both something […]

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Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

Not A Game of Chance: What Marriage is Really All About

[ 8 ] March 12, AD 2014 |

…the love my fiancé and I share is not human, it is divine. We love each other because we love God and we have discovered that in loving one another, we get to love God more fully…

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Vocations: We’ve Got It All Wrong

Vocations: We’ve Got It All Wrong

[ 34 ] January 15, AD 2014 |

As a classic “go-along-to-get-along” kind of guy, I would love to sugar coat my aim in this article, but I am just going to come right out and say it; I think that the way we conceive of and communicate the theological concept of a Vocation is both incorrect and even potentially dangerous for individuals’ […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 0 ] 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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Dear Father

Dear Father

[ 0 ] January 12, AD 2014 |

Dear Father, I thought of you today, and hoped you were doing well. I got to thinking about the role you”ve had in my life, and the things I”ve left unsaid. If you have a moment, I”d like to say them to you now. Dear Father, Thank you for always being there. You have been […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 13 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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Denied the City

Denied the City

[ 4 ] November 4, AD 2013 |

But when sex is divorced from love there is a feeling that one has been stopped at the vestibule of the castle of pleasure; that the heart has been denied the city after crossing the bridge. Sadness and melancholy result from such a frustration of destiny, for it is the nature of man to be […]

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The Most Beautiful Thing

The Most Beautiful Thing

[ 1 ] September 23, AD 2013 |

One of my good friends recently invited me over to his home for lunch after Mass. Ordinarily, it would not have been such an unusual get-together but for the fact that he and his wife recently had a newborn child. I was very excited to catch up with them and grateful for their hospitality — […]

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Don’t Plan a Perfect Wedding

Don’t Plan a Perfect Wedding

[ 2 ] September 18, AD 2013 |

Planning a wedding is a lot of pressure. Everyone you know is invited, it’s (hopefully) a once-in-a-lifetime event and it’s the most formal occasion of your life. That in itself can make any bride or groom a little antsy. Yet more than that,  in the modern world, it is a life goal that is right up […]

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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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Regret

Regret

[ 2 ] August 7, AD 2013 |

“Live as though dying daily.” -St. Antony of Egypt, as recorded by St. Athanasius We have almost no viable perspective from which to evaluate our past actions or decisions. We are, after all, products of those choices, and the perspective from which and the values against which we would measure the things we have done […]

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