Books
Julie Machado

Writers, Keep Writing

I saw a funny meme about writing, which said, “Being a good writer is 3% talent, 97% not being distracted by the internet”: Vanity of

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Life
Julie Machado

The Catholic Church is “Crunchy”, Too

God’s plan for us and His revelation that is passed down through the Church certainly touches on all human aspects of life, including politics, but is not a simple “left” or “right”.

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Religion
Julie Machado

Pope Francis, the Good Politician

Pope Francis is a celebrity, taking over mainstream magazines and news stations, generating talk all over the globe about his actions and the Catholic Church.

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Family
Julie Machado

The Secret to Prioritizing

I feel like I have finally figured it out. I’ve been getting stressed out about to-do lists for years, but the last year (since I’ve

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Money & Finance
Julie Machado

Minimalism

Minimalism takes work and effort. It is an exercise of saying no to many things in order to focus on saying yes to the important

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Family
Julie Machado

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

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Spirituality
Julie Machado

Celebrate Mediocrity

It is a dog-eat-dog world out there. And I wonder, how much do we let this affect our spiritual lives? Every TV show from Biggest

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Health & Fitness
Julie Machado

Natural Family Planning is Hard

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going

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Columnists
Julie Machado

Just Food Is Not Enough!

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several

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Religion
Julie Machado

Fast from Success

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

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Religion
Julie Machado

Five Ideas for Lent

In case you are still needing some inspiration for Lent, here are some ideas you could find interesting. Lent isn’t only (or even mainly) about

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Family
Julie Machado

Families Support Each Other

A man shared with me recently that at his swimming competitions when he was a little boy, he would watch his teammate embrace his coach at

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Columnists
Julie Machado

Are You Scared of the Synod?

At least in Portugal, news of the preparatory document for the Synod of Bishops in October 2014 on the topic family arrived on mainstream radio

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communion, sacrament, eucharist
Columnists
Julie Machado

To Kneel or Not to Kneel?

                To receive Communion… that is the question. I was recently confronted about this, at a parish I

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Married Life
Julie Machado

Don’t Plan a Perfect Wedding

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

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