Monthly Archives: July 2018

A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction

The title caught my attention like a mirror, A Mind at Peace: Reclaiming an Ordered Soul in the Age of Distraction.  This book, by Christopher Blum and Joshua Hochschild, with a foreword by Fr. Paul Scalia, draws on wisdom from … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 2: Holy Through Sneezes

The second Beatitude has always been a tricky one for me. I know that meekness was one of Christ’s greatest virtues: He uses it, and lowliness of heart, to describe Himself in Matthew 11:29. But in today’s culture, the adjective … Continue reading

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The Customers in the Cafe

“The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with them for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 Going out about nine o’clock, he saw others … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 1: Holy in the Mess

I’m currently reading Gaudete et exsultate, Pope Francis’ newest apostolic exhortation, which addresses “the call to holiness in today’s world”. What I like most about his writing is the fresh, simple and pragmatic way he addresses heavy theological topics, like … Continue reading

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What does it mean to have an Immaculate Heart?

 When you love someone, you want to know them deeply.  You want to know their heart and admire all the good you find in them. I love the determined heart of my husband, the fiery heart of my 21-year-old son, … Continue reading

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What Not to Do This Summer – Part 4

There are four hindrances to diligence (we’ve already talked about the first three: being preoccupied, being hasty, and being anxious) that, if we think about it, might also be seen as hindrances to making the most of our summer! The … Continue reading

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Sneaky Superstition

Friday the 13th is the feast day of superstition. I’m not sure what faith this feast represents, but it isn’t the Catholic faith but something more sneaky, more insidious. Perhaps you think I’m being a bit severe. Aren’t common superstitions … Continue reading

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Raising Resilient Human Beings

Several years ago, I found myself sitting in the waiting room of a therapist’s office with my heavy-hearted middle-school child. I couldn’t figure out how we got here. My husband and I were focused on forming a faith-filled family, and raising … Continue reading

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What Not to Do This Summer – Part 3

In Part 1 of What Not to Do This Summer, we learned to not be preoccupied, and give ourselves fully to the present moment. In Part 2, we learned to not be hasty, to allow summer to slow us down. … Continue reading

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