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Sarah is a student, wife and mom with a passion for the Catholic faith, writing, and dark roast coffee. She was inspired to return to her childhood faith after reading a book on prayer which she dug out of a box of books, late one evening. She was still awake in the wee hours of the morning, enchanted by the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith. She holds a degree in sociology. She is a graduate student in bioethics at the University of Mary and a member of Women Speak For Themselves. She blogs occasionally at www.lightoflifewomen.com.

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Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

August 3, AD2017 3 Comments
Natural Family Planning: It’s Not Just for Catholics

The Church recently celebrated Natural Family Planning (NFP) week. The lessons, reflections, and prayers can serve married couples and change the culture. It’s not just a “Catholic thing”. The family is the heart of parish life and parents are guardians of life. But parental “superhero” powers are helpful–at 2 a.m. in the morning when darting from room […]

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Living Catholic, Celebrating Freedom: The Joy of Virtue

July 3, AD2017 0 Comments
Living Catholic, Celebrating Freedom: The Joy of Virtue

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Fortnight for Freedom reminds Catholics to engage the culture and to embrace “Freedom for Mission” in 2017. The effort calls us to support religious liberty, pray, and witness to the Christian life. The Theological Virtues – Faith, Hope, and Charity Growing in faith, hope, and charity can be […]

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What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

May 3, AD2017 0 Comments
What Is It about Mary? Part II: Family Life and the Church

For a moment, imagine the Blessed Virgin Mary tidying her home and preparing meals. Or picture her tenderly bathing the Son of God, gently placing a kiss on his forehead before putting him into bed. Although Mary was supremely graced by God, she was not free from the duties of her vocation. As a young […]

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Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
Mary, Seat of Wisdom: Thinking With the Church

The journey in one’s faith life provokes many questions. Some will ponder complex questions and others have more basic questions. We can be accidental or intentional philosophers—but we are all philosophers, directing our lives according to a philosophy we consider or fail to consider. Life’s questions and the search for meaning are nearly inescapable. Philosophy […]

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Hearts and Voices United: The ‘Culture of Life’ Marches On

February 4, AD2017 0 Comments
Hearts and Voices United: The ‘Culture of Life’ Marches On

The vocation of love unites pro-life people to build a “civilization of truth and love.” Saint John Paul II urged the world to the ‘Gospel of Life’ in 1995 (Evangelium vitae). Since then, the pro-life generation has committed itself to a ‘culture of life.’ Therefore, every threat to human dignity and life must necessarily be […]

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What Is It About Mary?

January 2, AD2017 2 Comments
What Is It About Mary?

  The Blessed Virgin Mary was the subject of an exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in 2014. She drew record-breaking attendance at the Washington D.C. museum, proving Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s description of her as “the world’s first love” was very apt. “What Is It About Mary?” The exhibition, “Picturing Mary: Woman, Mother, […]

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Advent and the Gift of the Divine Reply

December 3, AD2016 0 Comments
Advent and the Gift of the Divine Reply

The Advent liturgy offers us a time of spiritual reflection, an opportunity to seriously reflect on Sacred Scripture. As we set aside the heightened activity of the retail measure of the holiday season, we find moments of solitude. We await the divine reply. Advent, then, is a spiritual retreat for the soul; a respite from […]

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Winning the Battle in Prayer

November 2, AD2016 1 Comment
Winning the Battle in Prayer

I was in a retail store recently near the seasonal section when I heard a conversation between a mother and her young daughter. The daughter begged her mom to purchase a pink glitter pumpkin. She pleaded, “Mommy, it sparkles and it makes me look all sparkly and pretty. I want it.” She employed the “sparkle […]

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St. Teresa of Calcutta: The Wisdom of the Saints

September 13, AD2016 0 Comments
St. Teresa of Calcutta: The Wisdom of the Saints

Mother Angelica, in characteristic humor, once wrote of a time when God humbled her: I’m always amused by the way the Lord works on our pride by taking us down a few pegs. I remember attending a benefit dinner in Washington, D.C., a few years ago. All the attendees were beautifully dressed in tuxedos and […]

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Reorienting Family Life—Living the New Evangelization

August 2, AD2016 0 Comments
Reorienting Family Life—Living the New Evangelization

“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of men, and His compulsion is our liberation.”—C. S. Lewis, Surprised By Joy “Creatures came into existence when the key of love opened his hand,” St. Thomas Aquinas said. The catechism teaches us that God loved His creatures into existence according to His wisdom so that “we […]

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Most Precious Blood of Our Lord: Liberty From Sin, Peace and Tenderness of Hearts

June 27, AD2016 7 Comments
Most Precious Blood of Our Lord: Liberty From Sin, Peace and Tenderness of Hearts

[In the Church, June is the month devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. July is a month devoted to the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord. As a people of faith, as we celebrate the national holiday of July 4th, let us also remember the price that was paid for our salvation.] “Our words are useless […]

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Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, the Vocation of the Family

May 30, AD2016 9 Comments
Born Into a Romance: Building a Civilization of Love, the Vocation of the Family

“Get thee to a nunnery; why wouldst thou be a breeder of sinners?” The line from William Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act III, Scene 1, is spoken by Hamlet to Ophelia. In a curious and acerbic exchange, Hamlet creates some confusion about his professed love for Ophelia. He has either feigned love or been deeply wounded by […]

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Coming Home: An Invitation to Life, Mercy, and Living in Plenty

May 2, AD2016 0 Comments
Coming Home: An Invitation to Life, Mercy, and Living in Plenty

The Church offers the joy and consolation of spiritual family life. Its members are partakers in the divine life, sharing in God’s own life. Saint Anselm’s words offer perspective on the filial spirit of the Church, which in her ‘motherly care’ grants mercy and reconciliation: “No one will have any other desire in heaven than […]

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The Power of Words for Pilgrims of Mercy: The Brilliance of the Resurrection

April 4, AD2016 0 Comments
The Power of Words for Pilgrims of Mercy: The Brilliance of the Resurrection

The joy of Easter should remain with us beyond the Easter Triduum. In the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Catholic pilgrim’s words should be full of the love of God, and the hope of the Resurrection each day. Words inspired by mercy, and formed in truth, nudge us toward the living God. As a French […]

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Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

March 8, AD2016 0 Comments
Privileged to Be a Woman: The Blessed Virgin Mary, ‘Memory of the Church’

The great women saints in the Catholic faith are a source of inspiration for daily living. Their legacy and love of Jesus Christ provide a model for understanding the relationship of women to God, and women to men; to the exquisite complementarity of femininity shrouded in the mystery of faith, and understood in the person […]

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St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

February 4, AD2016 14 Comments
St. JP II’s ‘New Feminism’: Rediscovering the Beauty of ‘Being a Woman’

The traditional feminist discourse of the 1970s engaged the culture in the debate on women’s liberation during the Post Conciliar decade that followed Vatican II. The role of women in society was changing, and Madison Avenue marketed its brand of femininity—the “24-hour woman.” [Remember this TV commercial? “I can bring home the bacon…fry it up […]

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The Journey to the Bethlehem of the Heart

January 6, AD2016 0 Comments
The Journey to the Bethlehem of the Heart

When we grow spiritually cold, we feel the darkness of the long night.  The feast of the Epiphany of the Lord helps us to recall that we must move forward seeking the light, the Star of Bethlehem. It illumines our minds and hearts, revealing the beginning without end, and the person of Jesus Christ. The […]

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An Ancient Expectancy – The Promise of Hope

December 8, AD2015 0 Comments
An Ancient Expectancy – The Promise of Hope

The grief and heartache of the lives lost in Colorado Springs, Colorado, during Thanksgiving week, were soon followed by violence in San Bernardino, California. Coloradoans are a hearty and rustic bunch, but our communities grieve with those families who lost loved ones in these tragic events. Our prayers are with you in this season of […]

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The Human Drama: Truth as an Encounter with Mystery

November 9, AD2015 2 Comments
The Human Drama: Truth as an Encounter with Mystery

MythBusters, an entertaining Discovery Channel series that puts science and popular myths to the test, is a family favorite at our house. In one episode, host Adam Savage wears a t-shirt that states, “I reject your reality and substitute my own.” I appreciate the pithy sentiment, but the humorous premise points to a more serious question: […]

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