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Author Archive: Sarah Greydanus

Sarah Greydanus graduated in May 2016 from the amazing Christendom College, receiving a B.A. in literature. Now living with her family in New Jersey, Sarah seeks to produce and share well-crafted Catholic writing for God's glory and readers' benefit. Her poetry, fiction, and nonfiction pieces may be viewed on her site, gildedweavings.com. May the grace and peace of Christ be with you!

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Warmth in the World of Religious Sisters

April 25, AD2018 2 Comments
Warmth in the World of Religious Sisters

Like many things, the religious life is sometimes regarded with fear and suspicion because it is not known or understood. (Throughout this article, unless otherwise specified, I will use the word “religious” to refer to religious orders.) At their most bizarrely hideous, the caricatures look like the murderous albino monk of The Da Vinci Code’s […]

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Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

April 4, AD2018 0 Comments
Practicing Kindness in a Harsh World

In recent months, the Holy Spirit has shown me some things about kindness through two mostly isolated elderly people. One, a friend from my family’s parish, has been confined to a nursing home of late. My father, in his capacity as a deacon, has been bringing her Communion on weekends, and my mother and I […]

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The Transformative Power of Memory

February 25, AD2018 1 Comment
The Transformative Power of Memory

“When you and I met, the meeting was over very shortly, it was nothing. Now it is growing something as we remember it . . . What it will be when I remember it as I lie down to die, what it makes in me all my days till then—that is the real meeting. The […]

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What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

January 21, AD2018 5 Comments
What Does It Really Mean to Be Pro-Life?

The March for Life has just passed. The shouts, chantings, and ever-creative handmade signs are still vivid in many minds, images redolent with pro-life enthusiasm. I’ve been to the March several times, and in other years have assisted spiritually from a distance. Every year, I see much that’s beautiful and inspiring—many souls full of dedication, […]

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Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

December 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Don’t Miss the “Magic” of Childhood

Every year around this time, I notice a widespread, often implicit idea that Christmas is a particularly special time for children. Of course, this attitude follows logically if the occasion consists only of emptying packages and stockings under an explosion of lights and tinsel. Decorations and presents generally become less exciting as we grow older. […]

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Consecrated Virginity: The Obscure Glory

November 25, AD2017 0 Comments
Consecrated Virginity: The Obscure Glory

Consecrated virgin: To many, the phrase sounds outlandish, not only unfamiliar but unsettlingly strange. To most of the world outside the Church, it means a crazy woman who has promised to renounce marriage for an unfathomable idea. Even to many Catholics, such a woman looks like a puzzling quasi-religious, taking vows but not entering an […]

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Purgatory Is Not an Insult

October 26, AD2017 1 Comment
Purgatory Is Not an Insult

As All Souls’ Day approaches, homilists may find themselves tiptoeing around discussion of Purgatory. Advising people to pray for their deceased family or friends can be difficult. Many perceive this as an insult to the departed, contending that their loved ones are surely in Heaven already and need no prayers. Much of this mindset is […]

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Remembering the Basis of Human Dignity

September 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Remembering the Basis of Human Dignity

Several months ago, I happened to glance at the cover of America, and noticed something strange among the featured article descriptions: “Jesus, Please Don’t Fix My Disabled Daughter.” Curious, I flipped to the indicated page number, confident that the essay would not actually advance the idea suggested. To my astonishment, however, it did. The author, […]

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The Problem with Poetry in Our Time

August 25, AD2017 4 Comments
The Problem with Poetry in Our Time

Why talk about poetry? It might not seem an urgent concern. It certainly isn’t a “hot-button issue.” Our thoughts, however, would be impoverished if we devoted them only to the latest controversy over Pope Francis, the new dismaying scandal, or whether our country will collapse. Even in harsh times, the things that make human life […]

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Looking to the Future: A Balanced Vision

July 26, AD2017 0 Comments
Looking to the Future: A Balanced Vision

What will the future be like? Our inability to answer this question with certainty has never stopped us from wondering and guessing, both about our personal futures and the future of the world. During the past century, the speculations about the latter have grown more numerous, diverse and elaborate than ever. Stories set in some […]

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How to Be a Successful College Graduate

June 25, AD2017 3 Comments
How to Be a Successful College Graduate

This piece is not what you might think. I’m not going to tell you how to get your dream job, climb the corporate ladder, navigate social circles, or make an obvious impact on society. I won’t tell you those things, partly because I don’t know them, but also because I want to challenge their status […]

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Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

May 25, AD2017 1 Comment
Love vs. Fear: How 1 John 4:18 Bears on Insecurity

Long, long ago, in the primeval depths of Chaos, a hideous monster was spawned. The sin of Adam unleashed it on the earth, permitting it to ravage him and his offspring. It crept up so stealthily that its victims might not even notice until after it had taken hold, sinking in teeth and claws, after […]

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