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Steffani is a wife, a mother, and a devoted Catholic. She has written for various publications, both print and online. Steffani has a deep appreciation and love for good rhetoric and is always searching for a deeper understanding of Truth. She is the owner and writer of Crossings Media, a content marketing business that puts Truth above profits when it comes to creating content.

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Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

July 3, AD2018 0 Comments
Magnanimity is a Virtue that is Missing in Most People’s Lives

“Just do your best.” Chances are you heard that growing up, and even now may still hear it in adulthood. But it misses the mark when it comes to practicing magnanimity. To be honest, I absolutely hate the phrase “just do your best” because it most often comes with the implication that your best may […]

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A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

May 6, AD2018 1 Comment
A Changed Notion of Authenticity Does Not Bode Well for the Church

Something chilling and sinister is going on with the meaning of the word ‘authenticity.’ It’s becoming ever more apparent that ‘authenticity’ is being separated from ‘truth.’ The notion of authenticity, especially when it comes to the Church and the meaning of truth, seems to be changing, or maybe has even already changed. For many it […]

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Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

April 7, AD2018 2 Comments
Young Catholics Seem to Want an ‘Authentic’ Church heavily Influenced by Modernism

The end of March saw the conclusion of a week-long meeting held at the Vatican that engaged young people from all over the world. The meeting was established as a precursor to the upcoming synod on “Young People, the Faith, and the Discernment of Vocation.” The point was to encourage young people to come forward […]

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When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

March 20, AD2018 45 Comments
When it comes to Politics Catholics should all be ‘Independents’

In today’s ideologically charged and politically polarized society terms like GOP Catholics, conservative Catholics, Catholic Democrats, and liberal Catholics are getting thrown around way too much. It’s enough to make one sick. Quite frankly these terms bring a knot to my stomach.  That’s followed by a bad taste in my mouth. It makes me think that […]

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When Your Children Act Up In Church

February 17, AD2018 3 Comments
When Your Children Act Up In Church

  Of all the Sundays at Mass when my husband and have taken turns taking our 2-year-old or 1-year-old out to calm down, one Sunday not too long ago takes the cake. I can hardly count the number of times I’ve wanted to skip going to Mass since becoming a parent. But it was never […]

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Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

November 7, AD2017 3 Comments
Lessons In Living Out God’s Call For You

Let’s imagine a scenario that may be all too familiar to many of us. It’s about living the American dream. John had always dreamed of becoming a doctor. He loved biology in high school, and received his degree in the same field of study in college. He graduated at the top of his class from […]

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Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

September 10, AD2017 0 Comments
Jesus Asked: Who Do You Say That I Am?

You’re probably familiar with the following Gospel passage from Saint Matthew (especially if you were at Mass on Sunday, August 27). It establishes Jesus’ Church here on earth with Peter as the first Pope. When Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of […]

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5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

July 3, AD2017 1 Comment
5 Reasons To Pray For Your Spouse

  Prayer is one the deepest ways we show our love – to God, to our family, to the world. From childhood, many of us experience religious tradition through prayer in the Mass and in family prayer time. It is one of the staples of being Christian. St. Thérèse of Lisieux believed that prayer was […]

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The Problem With Instant Gratification

June 8, AD2017 1 Comment
The Problem With Instant Gratification

If you’ve found yourself in debt from credit cards, new vehicles, and student loans, chances are you’ve fallen into instant gratification debt. However, fear not. The good news (or not so good news depending on how you look at it) is, you’re definitely not alone. We live in a culture that thrives on instant gratification. Amazon.com […]

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Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

May 5, AD2017 18 Comments
Why Women Wear Chapel Veils – And Should You Too?

I did not grow up wearing a chapel veil, but I remember hearing the stories from my mother about being required to wear one to Mass. It never occurred to me why a veil was required at one point and then all of sudden it was not. I thought it was just a bygone pre-Vatican […]

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True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

March 5, AD2017 0 Comments
True Love Says ‘I Will Suffer For You And I Will Suffer With You’

  A few weeks ago, my husband and I had the pleasure of attending a dinner for married couples at a neighboring parish. Called the Cana Dinner – after the Wedding Feast at Cana where Our Lord instituted the sacrament of marriage – the dinner was a chance to renew our vows and deepen our […]

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Decus In Labore: Finding Virtue In “Bee Movie”

February 2, AD2017 1 Comment
Decus In Labore: Finding Virtue In “Bee Movie”

Recently, I sat down to watch Bee Movie with my 2-year-old. At first, I thought it would be just another movie about environmentalism and humans destroying the earth. I could not have been more pleased to be wrong. Considering what sometimes passes for entertainment these days, it’s always pleasantly surprising to find important lessons and […]

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Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

January 6, AD2017 6 Comments
Feminists Just Don’t Understand Why We Are Here

Whenever we hear the term “stay-at-home” mom or “housewife,” we picture a woman whose life revolves around her kids. We all know the stereotype. The stereotypical stay-at-home mom or housewife is a woman whose sole mission in life is to serve her children and husband. Sadly, such a woman has no life aspirations or goals.  […]

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4 Screwtape Quotes that Explain the World Today

December 9, AD2016 2 Comments
4 Screwtape Quotes that Explain the World Today

. Remember the commercial where a young woman says ‘I read it on the web so it must be true!’ By now, hopefully, people are becoming a bit more discerning than that. I don’t go on social media often, but during the last couple of months, because of the election, I found myself on it […]

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Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

November 7, AD2016 0 Comments
Hacking and the Law, Ethics, Vigilante Justice, and Catholicism

  When you stop and think about it, the World Wide Web today is kind of similar to the old Wild West. There are good guys roaming the web, bad guys, and even vigilantes. The good guys might be the white hat hackers – people who hack to help find the weaknesses in network security […]

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Are Children at Mass A Blessing or an Annoyance?

October 9, AD2016 6 Comments
Are Children at Mass A Blessing or an Annoyance?

  Sunday mornings can be tough for parents. Getting the kids up and ready for Mass is always a challenge, but then the real adventure begins. Before you can actually leave for mass you have to remember to pack everything you’re going to need to make it through the morning – books, toys, snacks, and […]

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Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

September 5, AD2016 0 Comments
Exercise Tips — For Your Soul

  Americans today have become health conscious.  We are been conditioned by society – and perhaps for good reason – to start ‘working out,’ or at the very least to ‘stay active.’  Daily exercise should be at the very top of our list of priorities! It seems that no matter what website we visit these days […]

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The Power of Counsel in Conflict

July 9, AD2016 2 Comments
The Power of Counsel in Conflict

“I am right and that’s all that matters.” “It doesn’t matter if I make him/her feel inadequate and lesser than they are. That’s their problem. I’m right – this is the right thing to do.” So often we say these things either to ourselves or others. It’s a legitimate and even a just feeling when […]

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3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

June 23, AD2016 1 Comment
3 Important Reasons You Should Practice Virtue

We hear it all the time – throughout our childhood, during Sunday school, from the pulpit during Sunday Mass, each time we prepare for our first reception of a Sacrament. We hear it from our parents, teachers, priests, and other religious. Throughout our lives, there’s a constant focus on sin, the avoidance of it, and […]

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The Four Horsemen of the Marriage Apocalypse

June 10, AD2016 3 Comments
The Four Horsemen of the Marriage Apocalypse

There are four things which lead to an impending marriage failure: criticism, contempt, defensiveness, and stonewalling. At least that’s the opinion of one marriage expert, John Gottman, who was recently interviewed by TIME for an article on marriage, “These 4 Things Kill Relationships”. I’d venture to guess Gottman is not Catholic and so is naturally […]

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How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

April 14, AD2016 2 Comments
How Do We Know God’s Will? Careers and God’s Call

Choosing a career is always a difficult decision to make. From the time we’re very young, we’re conditioned to focus our lives on the future, but a career-oriented future only. We are told as children that success equals career, our identity equals a job title. However, as Catholics we’re taught something completely different. As Catholics, […]

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What Good Is It To Gain The Whole World If You Lose Your Soul? – Saying Yes to God’s Will

February 22, AD2016 1 Comment
What Good Is It To Gain The Whole World If You Lose Your Soul? – Saying Yes to God’s Will

“How is a man the better for it, if he gains the whole world at the expense of losing his own soul? For a man’s soul, what price can be high enough?” (Mk. 36-38 – Msgr. Ronald Knox Latin Vulgate Translation). This passage from the Bible is often quoted when discussing the price we pay […]

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How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

February 2, AD2016 1 Comment
How to Do Lent: One Practical Thing to Do During Lent

It’s coming up on that time of year again: the time that our whole Church calendar centers upon – Lent and Easter. As Christians and as Catholics, we are taught throughout our lives the three things we are supposed to practice during Lent to bring us closer to Christ: pray, fast, and give. I always […]

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Temperance and Technology

December 28, AD2015 2 Comments
Temperance and Technology

Today, it’s especially difficult to take a moment away from the distractions of our modern world, quiet our minds, and contemplate what it means to be temperate. In fact, it’s not a word we use very often and is certainly not welcome in today’s colloquial lexicon. What is temperance? And why is it so important, especially […]

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