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Confronting those difficult/impossible questions

Last month I wrote about difficult or impossible questions, but I did not expect to be confronted with such questions in the following weeks. On Feb. 18, my aunt and godmother, Kim Sermersheim, died of an extremely rare form of cancer. Then, just two weeks later, on March 7, our teacher and coach a...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Declaring Dependence

Lent can be a dangerous time.   Lent is the period in the liturgical calendar during which asceticism flourishes most abundantly. It is the period during which we expend a lot of time and energy channeling our willpower – a worthy practice, for, to exercise self-discipline is to celebrat...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fasting is uncomfortable...and necessary

I’ll admit that I usually don't look forward to fasting (using today's common church definition). It's uncomfortable, and it can seem like it doesn't do much good, especially if I just end up hungry and grumpy all day. However, we hear in the scriptures that fasting is powerful and can aide p...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

How questions endanger our peace of mind

Questions are dangerous to our peace of mind. What is my purpose? Why did God decide to create anything in the first place? It’s not like he needs our help for anything. Most vexing for me: how can we know what is true? The most thought-provoking questions have no satisfactory answers, so t...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Saints' examples strengthen pro-life movement

It's inspiring to me that each Saint’s life is so different and unique. Each lived deeply rooted in Christ’s will, fully trusting in the Lord and serving as they were called. What a gift that we can follow the Saints’ examples, not only in their specific actions but in their overa...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Contemplating friendships that need to end

How does one separate from longtime friends? Why would one separate from longtime friends? Sometimes it’s necessary for friends to split apart because of differences in values.  These can be difficult situations. It’s easy to feel obligated to remain friends for a variety of reaso...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Needing new lenses

Needing new lenses I recently decided to take up Augustine’s “Confessions,” the Church doctor’s account of his turn from lust, vice and heresy to holiness and wisdom. I’ve just reached the point in Augustine’s account at which he opens the Bible and reads the verse that finally mot...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017

New Year's Resolutions

With the New Year still fresh on our minds, I thought I’d share some insightful perspectives of New Year’s Resolutions that have been incessantly running through my mind. It seems like everyone has their own opinion of these famed declarations. Some look at them with hope, and consider...
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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Personal goals

The topic of personal goals has been coming up lately, and it is a timely topic for the new year. I am recently engaged, and my fiancé and I, and a group of our friends, have been sharing with each other our goals and dreams, many times in the context of a 10-10-10 list as suggested by Mark Pi...
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Wednesday, January 04, 2017

Don't put off appreciating those around you

This time last year, I intended to visit an elderly man I knew from church. He had suffered from a stroke in November, so I wanted to visit him at the nursing home. Sometime between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, however, he passed away. I was devastated that I had let all that time pass and...
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Thursday, December 22, 2016