Tag: vocation

A Philosophy of Style

A Philosophy of Style

[ 2 ] 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

[ 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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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”

[ 12 ] 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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Our Heavenly Homeland

Our Heavenly Homeland

[ 1 ] July 29, AD 2013 |

Christians are ultimately pilgrims and sojourners in this world. Regardless of what we may accomplish here or how long our lives may last, this is not our final home. I was reminded of this important reality of our faith last week when two fateful events transpired: One event was the joyful and jubilant witness of […]

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Not Alone: “Just Friends?”

Not Alone: “Just Friends?”

[ 4 ] July 26, AD 2013 |

The dreaded phrase, “I think it would be better if we were just friends“, has been feared by teenagers for decades.  The fear that, after professing love for a girl, she’ll look at him and whip out this infamous line has kept many a boy from even suggesting that next step. Though much could be […]

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