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Choose joy, not cynicism

Choose joy, not cynicism Cynicism sucks the joy out of every moment in life. It seems an unwritten rule that to be respectable or intelligent, one must first possess the imperious glance of a skeptic. People bond over their complaints and derision for minor inconveniences; and most heartbreakingly, they refuse even to see...
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Thursday, July 05, 2018

What are you waiting for?

I’m currently in a period of transition. It’s the summer before I start law school, and most of my friends and loved ones now live or will soon live in different cities. This time is wrought with a sometimes-chaotic blend of excitement, faith, uncertainty and a hearty dose of anxiety.&#...
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Too Much

Too Much Too much.             My friends often kindly accuse me of being too enthusiastic about ballroom dancing and the sky. Another friend once told me long drives are good for “singing too loud and thinking too deep,” and I began to cont...
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Thursday, June 21, 2018

Love is strong

Love is strong As a culture, we sometimes consider abstract notions worthless. Though we value love, as seen in all of literature and art, we do not grasp the fullness of its power in our lives. Love is the material of existence, the essence of things concrete. Love is strong. In reading Song of Songs, I found ve...
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Thursday, June 14, 2018

'The world' we vilify doesn't exist

'The world' we vilify doesn't exist Who is “the world” we so like to vilify? In a particularly involved student debate in my Catholic Morality class, some of my classmates kept referencing “society” as if it were an individual force acting on others. Eventually, I interrupted and asked, “What is society?...
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Thursday, June 07, 2018

Much has changed

Much has changed. I’m sure every new Mom can relate after coming home with her newborn. There have been many physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual changes and adjustments in the past month for me. An important category of change that I’ve been reflecting on is identity: how I...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

The Beauty of Catholicism

The Beauty of Catholicism I recently realized that many people do not see the beauty of the Catholic faith. The social stigmas concerning Catholicism blind people, asserting that faith and reason cannot coexist, or that the basis of faith is weak or flawed. Catholicism seems inflexible, dull or dry in its tradition. Some fr...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

An eye-opening prayer to St. Joseph

The mental stresses and lack of sleep during finals week drained me. To push through it, I continually reminded myself of the prayer to St. Joseph in Reitz Memorial High School’s Holy Family Prayer Circle, specifically the line, “I shall work, above all, with a pure intention and with d...
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Standing on the threshold of change

It is May 1st as I am driving from my home in New Harmony to work at the University of Southern Indiana. I am looking out on farm fields being made ready for the growing season. Much preparation is needed – getting the equipment in working condition, making sure the field, grai...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our duty and our salvation

Our duty and our salvation I recently went to a synagogue to celebrate a dear professor’s birthday.  Shabbat service was 4 hours long, consisting of readings from the Torah, chanted in Hebrew by members of the congregation, as well as times for personal prayer and a lot of sung psalms and other prayers.  ...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018