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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

Gentle Strength

Gentle Strength One of my favorite aspects of the Catholic faith is the way that it’s able to reconcile paradoxes – the faith enables opposites that should never go together to coalesce and, in their synergy, make the transcendence of Heaven more apparent on earth. Think: a Savior who is fully God and...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016

If you can be anything, be kind

“If you can be anything, be kind.” I stumbled onto this quote awhile back, but it’s a string of words that have continuously stayed with me and are stuck in my head like a song on repeat. They are powerful little words that challenge us to live with a greater meaning. In a world f...
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Thursday, December 08, 2016

When you pray, pray; don't negotiate

Many of us approach prayer as a trade-off, forgetting that it’s a gift and forgetting to be grateful beyond the point of general recognition. “Thanks, God! Now, if you’ll please give me this, I’ll be sure to try harder at that.” We appeal to the idea of an exchange bec...
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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Communion in Christ's Body

Communion in Christ's Body One of the most marvelous things about the Church is that she considers the whole person and nourishes her people on every level: individual, communal and universal. While it can be easy to slide faith into one of these compartments, we’re called to encounter God in all of these spheres. ...
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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Please note, cute, fragile and nervous are not attributes

I recently stumbled across an article that offered advice on how to be cute so that boys will be attracted to you. The author asserted that “cute is fragile and nervous,” and encouraged ladies to be gentle and delicate. The article gave 25 tips on how a woman can change her behavior in...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

The joy and confidence of God ruling my life

I attended a retreat at the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia motherhouse in Nashville, Tennessee, about a month ago. I'm always struck by the joy that exudes from the sisters; and during this retreat especially, I found myself thinking, “They're pretty fortunate, being able to have such a h...
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Thursday, November 03, 2016