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Advent is upon us!

Advent is upon us! When many of us make our lists this time of year, we probably include decorating, shopping and baking; but fasting, extra praying, giving alms and doing penance may not make the top of the list. However, I'm on a mission this year to make Advent the penitential season it's meant...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Learning how to trust God

Learning how to trust God I have a bit of difficulty trusting God. I don’t doubt God’s absolute love for me and desire for my every good. I simply don’t understand how I can trust him. Joseph Ratzinger (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI) explains in his “Introduction to Christianity” that, “As t...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Talk fans flames of passion for family and marriage

The Love and Fidelity Network posted a talk that fanned the flame of my passion for the importance of the family and a strong marriage culture. Helen Alvare, JD, a law professor, author, and speaker with an impressive list of accomplishments and involvements in the Catholic, family, and marriage wo...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Adjusting to daily Mass

Adjusting to daily Mass Adjusting is an interesting process—one that has led me to the significant conclusion that I should structure my days around daily Mass. As a college freshman in her first semester, I have certainly heard my fair share about adjusting. Much of this talk and advice gave me the understanding th...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

There is joy in service

There is joy in service What is your first thought when someone mentions service? Is it an image, an event, a phrase – or maybe it’s just a feeling that comes to mind? If you said helping out with parish events, volunteering at a soup kitchen or even helping a friend remodel their house, you’d be correct...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Peace in adversity

Peace in adversity Years ago, when I interviewed Kathy DiFiore, an exemplary woman who founded a network of shelters in New Jersey for homeless teenage mothers and abused women, she mentioned how the inspiration for her ministry came while she was praying, "Lord, make me a channel of your peace."    &#...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It's all about balance

During my 12-week maternity leave, the first two weeks were a time of great adjustment; when people say “babies are a lot of work,” they aren’t kidding. Then I went through a time when I was craving more adult interaction and even going back to my day job. I loved all of the time...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Learning to say no

Learning to say no Note from the author: This article was written before I began my first semester at the University of Notre Dame. I believe the message is still very important and applicable, but I think making any changes to the context would slightly change the message, and I want to keep that as it is. My next a...
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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

A true light

On April 10, 1997, a true light was born into this world. Although she died on Sept. 2 of this year, it is impossible to ignore the incredible impact she had in such a short time in this world. Claire Wineland was born with Cystic Fibrosis. It causes an overload of mucus to accumulate in the body,...
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

A View from Campus

Although I moved only an hour away from home to attend college at the University of Evansville, the transition was still overwhelmingly frightening. My intentions at the start of my freshman year were clear: focus on academics and avoid becoming overly active in any extra-curricular activities that...
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Thursday, September 06, 2018