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Expectations add useless weight to life

Expectations in life can cause much unexpected and unnecessary misery. I’ve started to notice this in so many areas of my life. It affects my interpersonal relationships, my mental health, and especially my overall outlook in life. Expectations are a useless weight that drains the enjoyment a...
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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Even life's 'fluff' can help us attain salvation

Even life's 'fluff' can help us attain salvation I don’t know why exactly, but the concept of time enthralls me. As a result, I frequently ponder the differences between what is transient and what is eternal and, therefore, significant. It seems that so few things are eternal, and I wonder how we fabricated so much “filler” for...
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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Brought to Justice

Maybe it’s because I recently decided to apply to law school, but I’ve been thinking a great deal lately about God’s justice. Particularly, I’ve been thinking about how often we fail to see the depth, necessity and goodness of this justice.   When we call God the judge,...
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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Seeing the power of compassion in Wonder Woman

I didn’t expect to have such an inspirational and life-changing experience in such an ordinary movie theater. I was so excited to see the new Wonder Woman movie for my birthday since I thought it would be an interesting movie, but it was so much more than that. It was truly phenomenal and lef...
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Thursday, July 13, 2017

Finding our vocations

Although we are each called to either the priesthood or married, religious, or single life, God is calling us each to know, love and serve him, and to grow in holiness. We each have different paths to holiness – different vocations that the Lord knows will provide us with the opportunities we...
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Do you stand with refugees?

If you had to flee your home, what would you take? Food or water for the uncertain journey? Photos of your loved ones? A keepsake of your homeland? Your phone? Your passport?             Each day, war, violence, persecution or oppression force...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Should we don our 'camo' all the time?

The other day, I was in a store’s dressing room and overheard one woman jokingly saying to another, “It’s all about camouflage, isn’t it?” I laughed a little to myself, partially because it is a true but funny observation and partially because the statement is entirely...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

In for a shock

What I did not anticipate about post-graduate life is the set of spiritual difficulties it has brought.  A host of forces makes commitment to prayer challenging these days:  the absence of the faith community I built in college; the perceived need to split all of my spare time doing vario...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

God wants to be in ALL of your life

      Sometimes we might assume that God is only one aspect of our lives. We might compartmentalize him and push him into the religion box – keeping him separate from our relationships, our work or school lives, and all other areas. But the amazing thing about God is that...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Figuring it out

I graduated from college last weekend. In other words, I've entered the period during which I'm allegedly obligated to do scary, abstract things like "figure out my future."  As I’ve gathered, figuring out my future means heading down the path that culminates in what we amiably call...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017