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Karen Reep is a Catholic wife and mother to seven children. She lives in a small town in southern Kansas. She has a degree in health science, but prefers to be a stay-at-home mom. She teaches catechism to the tenth grade girls of her local parish. In her spare time she enjoys writing, reading and running.

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Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

July 28, AD2017 8 Comments
Some Thoughts on the Holiness of Matrimony

While I’m neither a theologian nor a Bible Scholar, I’ve always thought that the Bible is really very clear and straightforward in regard to both marriage and homosexuality. In Matthew 19:16, Jesus says about marriage “So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” […]

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We Can Become Saints by Surrendering to the Will of God

June 28, AD2017 2 Comments
We Can Become Saints by Surrendering to the Will of God

Do you ever read about the saints and wonder: “Could I do it? Could I possibly endure such agony for Christ?” Fortunately, most of us will not undergo such torture as these brave souls.  Unfortunately, many of us probably do not possess such fortitude. On June 29 Saints Peter and Paul are honored in the […]

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Making God Your Goal

May 2, AD2017 2 Comments
Making God Your Goal

In an effort to maintain their lifestyles, some people repeatedly push themselves to the point of exhaustion. But a life that does not have God as the goal is a life that is not well spent. Take, for example, the college student who works relentlessly in pursuit of a career with a handsome salary, respect, […]

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Your Lenten Journey

February 28, AD2017 0 Comments
Your Lenten Journey

On Ash Wednesday Lent will once again be upon us.   Reading about how other Catholics observe the  Lenten season helps me to dig deeper into my spiritual life.  I hope this article serves such a purpose for you. Lent is a crucial time for us. It’s not easy being a Catholic Christian because we are obliged to certain […]

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Catholic Schools Week 2017

January 29, AD2017 0 Comments
Catholic Schools Week 2017

Catholic Schools Week begins January 29 and ends February 4. Catholic schools all across the United States will be celebrating in their own unique ways. Established in 1974, the week celebrates the ongoing contributions of Catholic education in the United States. This year’s theme is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  (A good […]

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A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

January 9, AD2017 1 Comment
A Simple New Year’s Resolutions Guide For Catholics

The year 2017 is upon us and for many this means it’s time to come up with a list of, or at least a couple, New Year’s Resolutions. Get fit, eat better, spend less, and save more seem to be pretty common resolutions these days. But resolving to focus more on God instead of on […]

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A New Advent, A New Beginning

December 2, AD2016 1 Comment
A New Advent, A New Beginning

  Before becoming Catholic I had never before heard of Advent. After reading about it I was blown away yet again by the beauty of Catholicism. But even after reading about Advent it still took me some time to understand and fully appreciate the complete beauty the of Advent Season. For four weeks, we prepare […]

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Strong-Willed Or God’s Will

October 31, AD2016 0 Comments
Strong-Willed Or God’s Will

  Sometimes being strong-willed is good, as in being determined.  Other times, not so much, as in being pig-headed. Are you “strong-willed?” We sometimes hear this term to describe children who are defiant in some way.  They fight, scream, throw temper tantrums and push us until we give in to them.  Most often it is […]

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Striving For Sainthood

October 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Striving For Sainthood

  Every morning I take time to read about the Saint of the Day on the Laudate app.  What inspirations the saints are! For those not familiar with the Laudate app I highly recommend it.  This free app is available in the Apple App Store and it offers a wealth of information on the Catholic […]

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Spring Cleaning My Soul

May 15, AD2016 0 Comments
Spring Cleaning My Soul

Spring is in the air! The birds are rising earlier with the sun and the weather is warmer.  Here in the Midwest, it is never a safe bet to expect warm sunny weather this early, although it is May.  A hard freeze can suddenly put a damper on garage sale or clean up day.  One day […]

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Choosing The Cross

April 7, AD2016 1 Comment
Choosing The Cross

I am expecting our seventh child. My husband and I never dreamed we would be blessed this abundantly.  Having a large family was always a dream of mine, but more along the lines of four children.  I cannot imagine having only four now.  Now, to clarify, my children are spaced apart quite nicely; they range […]

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Praying With Your Children

March 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Praying With Your Children

Making an effort to pray daily is an important part of faith formation for children.  They follow our example, whether it is morning prayers or mealtime prayers.  When we teach our children to pray while still children, it may instill a lifelong healthy habit.  Beginning around age two, toddlers can imitate their parents and older […]

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Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

December 17, AD2015 1 Comment
Christ: The Meaning of Christmas

Christmas is such a beautiful time of year. Family, friends, and neighbors are welcomed into our homes with loving arms as we anticipate the birth of Christ. He is the reason for the season, and we need to be sure to celebrate his birth appropriately. Unfortunately, many of us Christians are only concerned with the […]

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Living My Faith

November 18, AD2015 3 Comments
Living My Faith

In The Beginning I am a convert to Catholicism. In 2004, I was welcomed into the church. I was raised by Protestant parents; both were loving, but inconsistent with my faith formation. We attended an Assembies of God church. We had church basement meals and also had service Wednesday nights. I enjoyed this time, but […]

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Interview With Myra Johnson: “The Sweetest Rain”

October 28, AD2015 0 Comments
Interview With Myra Johnson: “The Sweetest Rain”

Many authors take on the enormous task of transporting us back to a simpler time in life.  Johnson does an impeccable job of establishing her characters in a time period that many of us today would be far from understanding. “The Sweetest Rain” takes the reader back in time to 1930 Arkansas. In the town […]

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Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective

September 19, AD2015 6 Comments
Women Today: A Woman’s Perspective

As a woman, I understand completely the complexities of the female world. As young women, we are raised to be independent, hard-working, and confident. These qualities are essential for life. Unfortunately, they also get misconstrued. As our roles have evolved over the last century, we have fought for and won serious battles for rights that […]

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Keeping Faith While Grieving

July 25, AD2015 3 Comments
Keeping Faith While Grieving

I am hoping that writing this article will be therapeutic for me. I could not write at all for a few weeks. My twenty-year-old nephew was killed in an accident in June. He was an only child, and it has shocked and devastated our family. My brother is filled with pain, and I cannot help […]

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Missed Conceptions

April 27, AD2015 18 Comments
Missed Conceptions

The culture of birth control is a strong one. It is an accepted practice by most Christians and unfortunately, most religions today. An article from 2012 states that 82% of Catholics accept birth control although the Church is against it. Why is this? Simply put: money. Of course, money is important. We all need a roof […]

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Happy are Those

April 4, AD2015 6 Comments
Happy are Those

Comparison is the thief of joy, so goes the saying. A bigger house, a bigger car, and a better job are always just out of reach. When my parents divorced, I was ten, and my mother and I were thrown into a world of poverty. This hurt my pride, even then, and I carry a […]

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Divorce: The Child Never Forgets

March 3, AD2015 4 Comments
Divorce: The Child Never Forgets

All of us experience suffering and pain in our lives. Life is full of those unexpected curveballs for which we are completely unprepared. Death and divorce are examples. Although not the same, they are both life-altering and (for a child) equally painful. There have been a multitude of studies on divorce. Most of them focus […]

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