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Author Archive: Abigail Reimel Gripshover

Abigail Reimel Gripshover is a writer, editor, and dreamer living in the city with her husband, Robert. She loves to keep herself busy, and recently added "business owner" and "wife" to her ever growing list of titles and responsibilities. The beach, her family, coffee, books, and date nights are some of her favorite things. She is always learning, and strives to grow in love every day.

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The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

May 29, AD2017 2 Comments
The Struggle for Newly-Wedded Bliss after Marriage

Yesterday my husband and I celebrated our three month anniversary of marriage, and as those three months have passed, I have learned much about the joys and struggles of this sacrament.  Marriage is truly a sacrament of paradoxes: being married feels so natural and brings great interior peace, even though it is very different from […]

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Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

August 17, AD2015 4 Comments
Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

The August 2015 edition of The National Geographic Magazine features a lengthy article on Pope Francis, written by Robert Draper after six months of observing the life of the Holy Father, featuring photographs by Dave Yoder.  Though the article is titled and headlined with one-liners that portray the Pope and Catholic tradition in conflict, the […]

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Attitude Changes Everything

June 12, AD2015 1 Comment
Attitude Changes Everything

Go into any fitness wear store, and you are guaranteed to see multiple t-shirts and posters advertising the importance of a good attitude when trying to achieve a goal. “Attitude changes everything,” and “Success is 80% attitude, 20% hard work,” are a couple of examples of popular motivational phrases, meant to help athletes and fitness […]

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The Necessary Virtue of Hope

January 24, AD2015 3 Comments
The Necessary Virtue of Hope

During any phase of transition, one hears quite a bit about the importance of the theological virtues of faith and love. One is counseled to have faith in God that He will bring the best result out of the situation, while being reminded to either love those also going through the transition along the way, […]

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The Curse of the Planner

October 31, AD2014 7 Comments
The Curse of the Planner

A Planner Plans Everything … Except Surrender Ever since I can remember, I have been a planner. When a person loves making lists and has always been taught to be goal-motivated, I think it is impossible for him to escape becoming a compulsive planner.  From the smallest things to the biggest ones, I have a […]

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The Crippling Consequences of Fear

August 8, AD2014 3 Comments
The Crippling Consequences of Fear

The Desire and the Fear It is so easy to want to start doing better. You read an inspiring article, come across a motivational image, read a book about an awesome saint, or watch a movie about another person who conquered all his difficulties to achieve an ultimate goal, and that desire to be better, […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

July 11, AD2014 12 Comments
God Only Helps Whom?

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood? He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him. Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let it Go”

May 29, AD2014 7 Comments
Why Everyone Should Just “Let it Go”

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so much opinionated hype swirling around it in the first […]

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Prayer: A Season for Everything

January 25, AD2014 5 Comments
Prayer: A Season for Everything

“There is a season for everything, a time for every occupation under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 “…but though he has permitted man to consider time in its wholeness, man cannot comprehend the work of God from beginning to end” (Ecc. 3:11). Men cannot comprehend God’s ways, but when it comes to prayers of supplication, we are […]

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Leaving Galilee

September 9, AD2013 3 Comments
Leaving Galilee

In his recent commencement address, the President of Christendom College, Dr. O’Donnell, reflected that everyone has his “Galilee”, a place where he connected with God in a new, deeper way, and which always remains a special part of one’s spiritual life, whether in memory or in regular visitation. With my recent relocation from my beach […]

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From Bed to the Public Square

July 12, AD2013 12 Comments
From Bed to the Public Square

A few years ago Cardinal Francis George of Chicago made a shocking statement regarding the extent of growing religious persecution in the United States; he said, “I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.” When President Obama blames Ireland’s hard-won […]

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The Great Gatsby\’s Relevance

May 21, AD2013 3 Comments
The Great Gatsby\’s Relevance

The Great Gatsby, the popular American novel known for depicting the Roaring 20\’s with striking honesty, is now a major motion picture, starring the great Leonardo DiCaprio and superhero Tobey Maguire. As I read the book, I had a chilling sensation as I realized that our culture seems to be sliding back into the sinful, sexual habits of that […]

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How to Meditate Like a Catholic

February 22, AD2013 6 Comments
How to Meditate Like a Catholic

Meditation is a beautiful, yet often neglected, form of prayer and worship that deserves a special place in the spiritual lives of Catholics. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that meditation is above all a quest. \”The mind seeks to understand the why and how of the Christian life, in order to adhere and […]

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