Religion
Julie Machado

The True Presents of Christmas

Isn’t it sad that it is Jesus’ birthday and everyone gets presents except for him? That’s what the priest said at a mass for children

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Columnists
Julie Machado

The Government Is Not Our Father

Living in Europe (and more specifically, Portugal) has been tough in terms of politics lately. I would venture to say even tougher than in America,

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Religion
Julie Machado

Faith Manifesto

This month marks the beginning of the Year of Faith. It has gotten me thinking; do I really have faith? If I lived at the

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Prayer
Julie Machado

The Effects of the Rosary

Why do people pray the rosary: to obtain special graces? to connect with God? as Christian meditation? in reparation for one’s sins and the sins

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Relationships
Julie Machado

How to Love a Mass Murderer

There were a few words, often repeated in the news coverage of the recent Colorado shooting by James Holmes, which stood out to me like red signal lights: “loner who said little and was easily forgotten”, “kept to himself” and “didn’t seem to have many friends.”

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Single Life
Julie Machado

The Loneliness of Singlehood

“You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have eyes to see” Mother Teresa profoundly remarks in this video (at about 2:20). She explains

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Columnists
Julie Machado

HHS and a Revolutionary Church

Accompanying the HHS Mandate uprising and uproar from afar has not only brought me hope but also more admiration for the Church. About 90% of

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Columnists
Julie Machado

Femininity and Nurturing

There is this emotion that every now and then swells up in me and the only word I can think of to describe it is

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Life
Julie Machado

Lessons from my Youth Group

I have been leading the youth group at my parish for almost four years now, based on the LifeTeen (www.lifeteen.com) model. I started out with lofty expectations

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Prayer
Julie Machado

Nourishing Your Spiritual Life

Since I’ve lived alone, I’ve been trying to establish routines that will help my physical and emotional health. I try to run/exercise three times a

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Life
Julie Machado

Obedience to God through People (ouch!)

I experienced dramatically that I don’t know what’s best for me, only God does. And usually my plans go against His (“My thoughts are not your thoughts…” Is 55:8). So my best bet for happiness and salvation is to be obedient to God’s will, and so in an incarnate way to be obedient to His Church, and also to be obedient to those who know and love me disinterestedly and might be there to guide me.

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