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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What is the Catholic Response to the Illegal Immigrant Children Crisis?

Jul 30 What is the Catholic Response to the Illegal Immigrant Children Crisis?

Something tragic is happening in this country of ours. Tens of thousands of children are pouring over the border and our president has done nothing at all to stop it. In fact, while it happened, he fundraised. And fundraised. And fundraised some more. I’m pretty sure he’s not planning on using the revenue to help the situation, though. The tragedy is not the illegal immigration or the...

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Distinguishing Rationalization from the Right

Jul 22 Distinguishing Rationalization from the Right

It’s incredible to me the number of times I’ll be talking to a friend and they’ll admit to doing something wrong and then spend the next ten minutes expounding upon why it was ultimately a good thing that they chose the wrong action instead of pursuing righteousness. Friends who are guilty of sexual immorality, cheating, lying, and other sins will admit these sins to me and then talk about...

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What Laura Ingalls Wilder Thought About Freedom

Jul 17 What Laura Ingalls Wilder Thought About Freedom

My family recently came home from a 17 day, 2,600 mile road trip to visit relatives. To pass the time on the road, we listened to a couple of audiobooks by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We have been going through all her books on our road trips for about a year now. We sympathized with the Ingalls family in The Long Winter, remembering the harsh winter we just had, and shared their joy in the happier...

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