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Julie Machado is a 32-year-old Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal to study theology. She now lives there, along with the rest of her family, her husband and her children. She believes the greatest things in life are small and hidden and that the extraordinary is in the ordinary. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.

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On Materialism and Heroism

August 3, AD2018 0 Comments
On Materialism and Heroism

Every time our mailman knocks at the door, I know I can expect an update about his son’s medical school. He has two children and he, like everyone I know, rejoices in his son’s career success. It seems like his job as a father is complete because he got his son into college. I Used […]

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Outcome-based Parenting

July 5, AD2018 0 Comments
Outcome-based Parenting

The highlight of a recent camping trip was meeting a Hungarian dinosaur-enthusiast. He wasn’t scared of our three small, crazy children. In fact, he and my four-year-old daughter became fast friends, playing tic-tac-toe and pretending to be T-rexes. What I most appreciated about him was his authenticity. He said, “These are the best ages, when […]

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It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

May 30, AD2018 0 Comments
It’s Okay to Not Meet Your Child’s Needs

With my first child, I rigorously studied infant sleep schedules and development books and felt like I was giving my baby everything she needed. With my second child, our little world was knocked out of control, but I thought I would eventually get it back. Indeed, the more he grew, the less demanding he was […]

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Sensory Play, Prayer, and Catholic Adults

April 29, AD2018 2 Comments
Sensory Play, Prayer, and Catholic Adults

I have recently purchased a preschool curriculum that is all about “sensory play”. Let them get dirty, “say yes” to the mess, let them explore through their senses is the idea. If you look up “sensory play” on Pinterest, you will see that this is a trending idea. In fact, there are studies that show […]

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Let Your Blood Pour Out

March 29, AD2018 1 Comment
Let Your Blood Pour Out

It was easier to act like something I wasn’t before having kids. It was easier to convince myself I was something I wasn’t before having kids. Now not only do I have my flaws mirrored back to me, but I have the whole world commenting on my children’s flaws and defects, which in turn reflect […]

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Where is God’s Will?

March 5, AD2018 5 Comments
Where is God’s Will?

“Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” we pray in the Our Father. “Not my will, but yours be done” (Luke 22:42), prayed Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. For someone seeking to live as a disciple of Christ, finding God’s will for our life is essential. It is something to keep learning about for […]

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Holiness is Not About Being Nice

January 3, AD2018 2 Comments
Holiness is Not About Being Nice

I used to think I had reached the peak of holiness in my life. I went to mass, confession and prayed somewhat regularly. I had studied theology and dedicated myself to a youth group and ministry. What could be holier than that? Then I started going to confession more regularly with a spiritual director and […]

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Austerity for Christmas

December 6, AD2017 0 Comments
Austerity for Christmas

I recently realized how I naturally put on the classical, jazz or fado (traditional Portuguese music) radio stations in my car, without any sacrifice at all. This might seem like an inconsequential detail of my life, but for the fact that it reveals a huge change in my musical taste and in myself. Before having […]

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On Choosing a Movie

November 4, AD2017 11 Comments
On Choosing a Movie

My husband and I enjoy watching movies for a date night after putting the kids to bed. We had a great streak of movie watching about a year ago, with some great movie recommendations from a friend and from a few by the same director which we really appreciated. We looked forward to the next […]

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Homeschooling in Response to Communism

October 5, AD2017 7 Comments
Homeschooling in Response to Communism

I was recently trying to explain to some American friends in their sixties, who came to visit for dinner, why it is so scandalous in Portugal for my three-year-old daughter not to be in “school”. It is a huge cultural norm here that children go to daycare at the age of two or no later […]

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What Our TV Shows Say About Us

September 4, AD2017 3 Comments
What Our TV Shows Say About Us

I live in Portugal and both children and adults watch countless hours of TV a week, I would bet more than in the United States. Some people like to have the TV on constantly “for company” and few children have their TV viewing limited. Most of the TV shows watched in Portugal are American with […]

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The Message of Fatima for Mothers

August 1, AD2017 1 Comment
The Message of Fatima for Mothers

One hundred years ago an angel, then Our Lady, appeared to three poor shepherd children in Fatima, Portugal. Much was recorded by Sister Lucia, one of the children, who was asked to write about this event by the Bishop of Leiria, now the Diocese of Leiria-Fatima, and by priests, journalists and historians since then. Although […]

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Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

July 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Pope Francis Visits Fatima: An Interview with Two Pilgrims

Pope Francis came to Fatima, Portugal on May 12-13, 2017, which marked the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Our Lady to the three shepherd children. I live in Portugal, but unfortunately I was unable to be present. I did interview two of my friends who were there. Vanessa Machado is 34 years old, a […]

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Pornography and Mortification

May 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Pornography and Mortification

Pornography as we know it is still a very new reality. New studies come out with frequency that reveal pornography’s harmful effects on users. Addictions used to be thought of as only linked to substances, but we now know that what triggers pleasure in the brain without any substance, such as pornography, can also cause […]

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The Stories of a Snack, Capris, a Mint, and a House

April 4, AD2017 1 Comment
The Stories of a Snack, Capris, a Mint, and a House

I recently heard for a second time the story of why a friend feels called to be a stay-at-home mom. I had heard it before, but I hadn’t paid much attention to it. When I heard it the second time I realized: Wow, this is really the story behind why she made this enormous, self-sacrificial, […]

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A Reflection on La La Land

March 2, AD2017 6 Comments
A Reflection on La La Land

(Spoiler Alert: This reflection contains information about the movie’s ending.) The recently released movie La La Land from director Damien Chazelle, featuring actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, is stunning. The singing and dancing explode on the screen and the human body is portrayed through dance in its full beauty. Ryan Gosling plays a charming, […]

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If You Love, You Change

February 4, AD2017 0 Comments
If You Love, You Change

We have just gotten over some minor illnesses here at home, colds and pink eye. Even though we are just a family of four, it seems like what we catch already goes around. I’ve heard that in large families, illnesses travel through each family successively, whether they are four or fourteen. I guess that’s family: […]

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Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

January 5, AD2017 5 Comments
Show Me Your Sportsmanship: I’ll Show You Your Culture

Having grown up in the United States, I thought it was common knowledge that playing sports is a school of morality, character training, and indispensable to a child’s upbringing. Now that I live in Portugal and am raising my children here, I see that is not the case in other places around the world; such […]

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No Condemnation, Even for a Pedophile

December 8, AD2016 12 Comments
No Condemnation, Even for a Pedophile

A few months ago, I defriended someone on Facebook not only because I barely knew this person, but because a post of his bothered me so much and haunted me for days. He had posted a news story about a person I knew from high school who had been arrested for sexually abusing children. As […]

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Trump Embodies the American Spirit

November 6, AD2016 3 Comments
Trump Embodies the American Spirit

Like most people, I avoid talking about politics. Living in Europe, and during this presidential election, that means especially American politics. I think Trump, everything he is and stands for, particularly shocks Europeans. They are very fond of Hillary: tax the wealthy until the last penny (the word “socialist” is a compliment here), make everything […]

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The Nature of Woman is Gestational

October 6, AD2016 9 Comments
The Nature of Woman is Gestational

I have chosen to be a stay-at-home mom, so naturally, I spend a lot of time at home. Now that I have a newborn, though, I feel like a recluse. We still have to get out at least once a day because my two-year-old needs it, but I feel very immobile. We carefully plan, organize nap […]

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The Devil Wants You Isolated

September 3, AD2016 13 Comments
The Devil Wants You Isolated

  I write this article thinking about a friend. This friend is Catholic and recently got into a situation which is obviously not very good for her, involving renting a room and a single, older man. Instinctively, I am sure she knows deep down this was a bad decision, although she tried to play it […]

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Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

August 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Childbirth, Abortion, Contraception and Violence on a Woman’s Body

I recently had my second baby and informed myself a lot more on natural labor and birth than the first time around. It was amazing to learn how the woman’s body works in labor and birth, especially the uterus. The woman’s uterus thins at the bottom, thickens at the top and pushes the baby out […]

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