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Some Morals Make Bad Law

July 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Some Morals Make Bad Law

Last month, I responded to George Weigel’s commencement address to the law students of Ave Maria University, in which he urged prospective Catholic lawyers to fight the philosophy of legal positivism, which takes the perspective that there is no necessary connection between law and morality. Positivism also holds that a law promoting an immoral end […]

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Religious Sisters Aren’t Born Wearing a Veil

June 26, AD2018 0 Comments
Religious Sisters Aren’t Born Wearing a Veil

Contrary to an illusion that some people seem to have, Sisters are not “born that way.”  We don’t come into this world wearing a veil. Some Religious had the idea of being a Sister since their early childhood, but I did not share this experience. My mom had two aunts that were Benedictine Sisters, and she […]

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The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

June 17, AD2018 0 Comments
The Vocation of Law and the Catholic Moral Vision

National Review recently published the commencement address George Weigel delivered at Ave Maria School of Law in Florida. In it, Weigel urges prospective Catholic lawyers to, like Martin Luther King Jr., challenge the philosophy of legal positivism, which Weigel says “empties law of moral content, detaches it from reason, and treats law as merely an […]

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Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

April 16, AD2018 3 Comments
Giving God a Blank Check as a Vocation

What is a vocation? I am a single person. Sometimes having a vocation can seem to be a huge, scary thing, not meant for me. Other times, it feels like the thing that will make my life meaningful and I wonder why I don’t have one ‒ or at least why I don’t have the […]

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The Curse Stops Here: Allowing God to Release Blessings

February 27, AD2018 6 Comments
The Curse Stops Here: Allowing God to Release Blessings

Living in this fallen world we all desire, deep in our hearts, to help, to heal, to restore what has been lost since leaving Eden. More intimately, we desire to heal our families, bless our friends, and bring order and peace to the communities we live in. Politics, government, laws, agencies and huge bureaucracies are […]

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Politics as a ‘Vocation’

February 18, AD2018 0 Comments
Politics as a ‘Vocation’

On two separate occasions in the past six months I have been encouraged to run for office. Well, not me specifically, but me along with the roomful of people attending the same lectures as me. Still, it does tend to give one pause. The speakers, on these two separate occasions, were from complete opposite ends […]

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Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

February 13, AD2018 1 Comment
Discernment: It May Not Turn Out The Way You Expect

There are many beautiful things in and around the Catholic church.  One of the things that most people may not get to see is the discernment process of men and women who are trying to decide on the next phase of their lives. Over the passage of time, I have had the distinct honor of […]

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Musings of a Young Parent

January 27, AD2018 1 Comment
Musings of a Young Parent

Having only been a parent for four years now gives me a relatively limited view of parenthood. On top of that, I am part of one of the least religious generations in history- millennials. I don’t think, however, that my perspective is valueless because of my age or experience. My wife and I strive to […]

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Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

November 21, AD2017 17 Comments
Out of the Ashes of Defeat: Discovering A Call to Be Single

There are many people today who do not think being single is simply a default choice or a temporary state. After years of struggling to find their unique vocation, men and women are discovering they are not called to marriage or a specific religious community. They still want to solemnly vow to live their lives […]

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Set Apart for Love of Christ: A Vocation Story

September 12, AD2017 2 Comments
Set Apart for Love of Christ: A Vocation Story

Have you ever stopped to consider the sacred vessels used by the priest at Mass, the vessels in which the Lord of Heaven and earth comes to humbly dwell so that He may physically be present with us? Think of the chalice into which the priest places the wine mingled with water. Following the words […]

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The Joy of Pentecost(s)

June 6, AD2017 3 Comments
The Joy of Pentecost(s)

My first novena to the Holy Spirit was in 1974. At that time, I was purely motivated to pray this novena by an infatuation I had for a young lady. She broke off our relationship midway through my novena, but I was still hopeful and persevered to the end. She prayed in tongues, and I […]

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Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

May 22, AD2017 2 Comments
Catholic Identity Politics and Vocation in the Age of Trump

Surely she had never asked God for anything except that He should let her have her will. And every time she had been granted what she asked for – for the most part. Now here she sat with a contrite heart – not because she had sinned against God but because she was unhappy that […]

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4 Advantages of Digital Silence

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
4 Advantages of Digital Silence

Being an active Catholic on social media who checks my Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to talk about the advantages of disconnecting from electronics, but here I am. Over the past month, I have come to realize the value of taking time off from all our […]

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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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Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

August 28, AD2015 7 Comments
Full-Time Mother: My Decision Of Vocation

I have recently taken the plunge of quitting my job and officially becoming a full-time mother. This might sound cliché on these circles of Catholic blogs, but for me, especially living in Portugal, it is outrageous. While about 29% of mothers stay at home in the USA, only 6.3% do so in Europe. Plus, Portugal […]

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This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

January 20, AD2014 11 Comments
This is My Calling, This is My Vocation

Mothering a large family is my calling and  my vocation.  As a result, I am a conundrum: a rather outmoded sort of woman, ridiculed by modern career women, vilified by the earth’s prophets of doom and sanctified by the religious right. I was the least likely candidate to have a lot of children. I had never even held […]

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