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Author Archive: Julie Machado

Julie Machado is a 30-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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Laudate Si and Birth Control

July 31, AD2015 1 Comment
<em>Laudate Si</em> and Birth Control

There is a fundamental difference between our generation’s world view, which is heavily influenced by utilitarianism and consumerism, versus the Catholic world view in which everything is given to us. This difference in viewing things touches upon all aspects of our spiritual life and earthly life. Pope Francis mentions this again and again in his […]

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The Home is Symbolic

April 9, AD2015 2 Comments
The Home is Symbolic

What is the difference between a home and a hotel? Or a dormitory? If you were to come home to a clean house (cleaned by a maid) and had food to eat (store-bought), would it really make any difference who did those things? What if it wasn’t your home, but an actual hotel or if […]

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Is the World Overpopulated?

March 12, AD2015 11 Comments
Is the World Overpopulated?

I was flipping through an English textbook and there was a page about overpopulation in which it described the growing amount of people in the world, the lack of resources and solutions to this problem, namely “family planning”. Then there was a writing prompt for an essay on how to save the planet and limit […]

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St. Valentine and 50 Shades of Grey

February 11, AD2015 3 Comments
St. Valentine and <em>50 Shades of Grey</em>

What do St. Valentine, love and 50 Shades of Grey have in common? The fact that the movie is premiering on Valentine’s Day (or Sts. Cyril and Methodius day) and that many people will see it while on a date shows there is a little confusion about these concepts. For those in the Church, it […]

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Homeschooling and the American Spirit

January 15, AD2015 8 Comments
Homeschooling and the American Spirit

I hear a lot about homeschooling from the blogs I read and, although it is a controversial topic, I am sure it has many advantages. Homeschooling is not an option for me, but I do think it is a wonderful choice among several schooling options. Homeschooling is unheard of in Portugal, where I live, and […]

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Spouse-Sexual

July 11, AD2014 6 Comments
Spouse-Sexual

There is a lot of talk about “heterosexual” and “homosexual” out there. They are terms and notions so causally tossed around that to question them is the ultimate social sin. However, I would say that in general these terms are used as cookie-cutter categories to justify a “fate” view of sexuality or to reduce sexuality […]

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Having Children is Good for Couples

June 5, AD2014 3 Comments
Having Children is Good for Couples

Is it really? What about traveling, going out at night and working on your career? Don’t kids put a damper on relationships? As with anything that is really worth it, having children is difficult. Yet, as with anything that is really worth it, the benefits outweigh the sacrifices. I’ve heard Professor Janet Smith say in […]

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Playing with Dolls and Delayed Motherhood

December 19, AD2013 4 Comments
Playing with Dolls and Delayed Motherhood

“Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it.” (Mk 10:15) Children can be spiritual models for adults. The shepherd children of Fatima and child saints are proof of this, and generally speaking, children have many unique qualities adults should try to preserve. Children […]

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Marriage: “Same Love?”

November 21, AD2013 51 Comments
Marriage: “Same Love?”

I hate the fact that I have to change the radio stations that keep playing the song “Same Love” by Macklemore. What bothers me most is that these seemingly natural lines are sung along to by people bopping their heads in their cars… as if they were universal and obvious truths: “The right wing conservatives […]

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Ave Maria, Florida: An Interview

October 25, AD2013 5 Comments
Ave Maria, Florida: An Interview

I wrote about the small town of Ave Maria, Florida last month here at CatholicStand, but I was still curious about a lot of things I couldn’t find online. Calah Alexander, who blogs at Barefoot and Pregnant, was kind enough to answer some questions about the town, which she lives in. Here is a peek […]

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Ave Maria, Florida

September 26, AD2013 21 Comments
Ave Maria, Florida

What if you could create the ideal town, based on your Catholic beliefs? What if you could build a town centered upon prayer, open to life, in pursuit of integral truth and centered around family? Well, apparently someone has beaten you to it. Welcome to Ave Maria, Florida. This small town in Southwest Florida used […]

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Austerity Is Good For You

June 6, AD2013 4 Comments
Austerity Is Good For You

Don’t be fooled by the cultural tendency to lead a sedentary, Starbucks-filled life (as much as I love Starbucks), striving towards beach vacations and massages. That’s not what you were made for. To live a happy and holy life, discipline and sacrifice must be cornerstones in your life. Fast to be able to savor the […]

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The Internet, Vice and Envy

April 10, AD2013 2 Comments
The Internet, Vice and Envy

I confess to you, my online brothers and sisters, that I have repeatedly compared my life to that of other bloggers. I have concluded my life is utterly worthless when stacked up to Naomi’s impeccable style and ridiculously incredible family activities, or even Jessica’s bounty of children, baking skills and liturgical year works of wonder. I have […]

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A Better Connected World

March 14, AD2013 2 Comments
A Better Connected World

I’ve heard several priests talk about the phenomenon of going to mass at different parishes each Sunday, depending on which mass times are more convenient. This is possible here in Portugal, because there are many parishes, a short geographical location from one another (especially when traveling by car). These priests complain about how this reflects […]

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You are Not Perishable – Live Accordingly

February 13, AD2013 7 Comments
You are Not Perishable – Live Accordingly

I saw a pin on Pinterest that said, “You are a perishable item. Live accordingly.” and thought, “Whaaat…?” This is exactly one of those situations when the Catholic view is the exact opposite of the world’s. There might be an apparent “care” of the body: gyms are becoming more of a routine and a meeting spot and Dr. […]

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