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Living the Beatitudes at Home Part 5: Holiness through the Teenage Years

We have three teenagers in our family right now. This was something I swore would never happen; having been an irritable and defiant teenager myself, I’d always asserted, half-seriously, that I would somehow find a way to have my children … Continue reading

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Worrier or Warrior?

This seems like a good week to moderate my social media intake if ever there was one. From vicious politics, to scandals in the clergy, to confusion about Church teaching, my feed is full of worrying. It’s important to understand … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 4: Holiness Amongst the Shadows

It is said that the traditional greeting among the people of the Masai tribe of Africa is Kasserian Ingera?, which translates as “And how are the children?” Whether or not this greeting is still used amongst the Masai today, it’s … Continue reading

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Tolerance vs. Approval

Tolerance is the virtue of the man without convictions. – G. K. Chesterton I have new neighbors who are instructing me in the fine art of tolerance. In our quiet little neighborhood in Chicago’s distant suburbs, we’ve been blessed to … Continue reading

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Living the Beatitudes at Home – Part 3: Holiness for the Overly Optimistic

The Beatitudes certainly don’t get any better as you go along. As Christians, we’re called to be poor, meek, and now to mourn (spoiler: it only gets worse).                      “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”  I remember … Continue reading

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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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