The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

Sep 04 The Islamic State and the Banality of Evil

Lately, I have found myself lacking motivation to do my daily activities. It all seems somewhat pointless when I compare my life of relative ease to the lives of the Christians who are dying for their faith in Iraq and in other countries at the hands of Islamic extremists. I go about caring for my children and the house, and wondering why I am here, safe, with all my needs met while others are...

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5 Steps for When Your Prayer Life Is in Survival Mode

Sep 03 5 Steps for When Your Prayer Life Is in Survival Mode

We’ve all been there, right? Life throws us a few curve balls and sends our life careening down unknown paths and we find ourselves nowhere near where we thought we’d be.  It could be just about anything that does it; a lost job, for instance or a new baby.  Good things and bad alike can take our focus off of God and leave us in a place where all we can manage each week is to meet...

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Why Do I Write Blog Posts?

Aug 26 Why Do I Write Blog Posts?

I ask myself this question often. What makes sitting in front of my computer and organizing my thoughts a productive use of my time when the alternative activities for baby’s nap time (aka my recess) are: dishes, cleaning, sleep, a few episodes of The Office, reading, or catching up with a friend? What drives me to give my very precious break to something so amorphous? Primarily, I...

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Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

Aug 21 Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one of focused prayer with very involved participation to distracted prayer...

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On Learning How To Wife

Aug 12 On Learning How To Wife

I’ll be honest, before I got married I thought being a wife looked pretty easy from the outside. How hard could planning one meal every evening, grocery shopping, cleaning, respecting the man you love and chose to be with, and getting him into heaven, possibly be? …uhhhh, as it turns out, it’s actually pretty challenging, and learning how to do it can’t happen over...

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How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

Aug 07 How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

Recently a friend from church asked me about why I started a new household when I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville. At Franciscan, households are groups of men or women who share a common spiritual devotion and way of praying. Usually students join an already existing one, but sometimes a group of three or more students will start a new one. My friend wanted to know if I...

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