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When Facebook ignites ages-old human nature

As high school seniors across the nation receive their acceptances to colleges and universities, they join Facebook pages for the admitted freshman class of each institution. They post a few pictures of themselves and a short autobiography, and they scroll through others’ posts to find roomma...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sensitive subjects

Sensitive subjects I’ve always been sensitive. As a child, I was also a dorky little thing – as evidenced by my beaver-like front teeth, frizzy hair, oval glasses and, later on, braces to boot. (For a while, all these traits were piled on top of one another; I know … yikes!) To top it all off, I was...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018


Sometimes we can be the biggest obstacles to our empowerment, and sometimes we can be the only motivators pushing ourselves onward. Sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves, and sometimes we can be too easy. I think each one of us has a tendency to be more of one than the other. I know for myself,...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Taking a fresh look at prayer life

I know that I can always have a better prayer life. I think this is something to strive for each day of our lives, and it’s a goal that perhaps won’t ever be met—we can always increase our communication with God. I recently spoke with a priest about prayer and about how this one a...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Don't take God's love for granted

As children, many of us may have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” But what have we done with that knowledge? Many of us undervalue the significance of God’s love in our lives. The fact that Jesus loves us should not remain stagnant. It should prompt u...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The winning ticket

The winning ticket I love the news. I anxiously await the times each week when new episodes of my favorite news and political podcasts are posted, and I’m motivated to get out of bed by the promise of precisely three things: prayer, news, and coffee.    However, I don’t need to tell you that, in...
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Thursday, March 15, 2018


I recently watched a powerful video about discernment by “Ascension Presents” featuring Father Mike Schmitz. I have listened to so many different talks about discernment before, but the wisdom he shared in this video has completely transformed the way I look at discovering and fulfillin...
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Thursday, March 08, 2018

Lent is not meant to be easy

Lent reminds me of things that are difficult. Fasting, prayer and almsgiving are not meant to be easy; and I like to think of these sacrifices as chiseling us into people more like Jesus, more like the people we are meant to be. Forgiving others also isn’t easy, and I think it goes hand in ha...
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Thursday, March 01, 2018

Death's tragedy actually promises a beginning of life anew

By most accounts, death is tragic. It marks the end of our earthly lives; and depending on our beliefs, we may fear the unknown afterlife. A recent reading from the first chapter of 2 Samuel recounts the story of David mourning the deaths of Saul and Jonathan. The passage details his sorrow, especi...
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Where do you find yourself?

Where do you find yourself? You’ve probably heard the popular advice that, to find out where your treasure is, look at how you spend your time. This advice is extremely useful; but for me, another metric is still more helpful, and it begins with a question. To find out who or what your God (or god) is, ask yourself: Whe...
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Thursday, February 15, 2018