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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, sitting in the waiting room of the therapist’s office with my middle-school child, I couldn’t figure out how we got here.  It seemed impossible. From the beginning of our marriage, my husband and I had focused our … 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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What Not to Do This Summer – Part 2

In Part 1 of What Not to Do This Summer, I suggested that the four hindrances to the virtue of diligence paralleled, strangely enough, things to avoid in order to have a joy-filled summer! St. Francis de Sales taught us … Continue reading

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The Worst of Times?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

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Internship and Community: Bread and Butter

If I want to accomplish something, I sometimes get bulldoggish about it. “Single-minded” describes this trait in a positive light; “stubborn” and “myopic” describe it too. When I flew to Detroit for 12 days this summer for a gathering of … Continue reading

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Summer Saints

Summer is a time for friends and celebrations, and we belong to a church that loves to celebrate.  You’ll be in good company with these five saints who have summer feast days. June 22nd– SAINT THOMAS MORE “I die the … Continue reading

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