His Friends are Ours, Too

Before I was confirmed in the Catholic Church, I never anticipated how comforting I would find the intercession of the saints. For me at the time, it was nice to know that the saints do pray for us and intercede on behalf of the Church. But when times become trying and you need a lot […]

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An Antidote to Our Troubled Times

“I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, ‘What can get through such snares?’ Then I heard a voice saying to me, ‘Humility.’” – St. Anthony the Great While reading Saint Teresa of Avila’s autobiography I found her humility incredibly striking. Here is a piece of her […]

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The Heart of Woman

“One thing is certain: When the time has come, nothing which is man-made will subsist. One day, all human accomplishments will be reduced to a pile of ashes. But every single child to whom a woman has given birth will live forever, for he has been given an immortal soul made to God’s image and […]

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Being Woman, Called to Love, Bearing Life

All my life, I have had wonderful people around me who demonstrate good marriages, especially my own parents, for which I am incredibly grateful. I had older Christians in my life who helped form me, and thanks to all of these people and their wisdom, I knew marriage would be incredibly humbling. I knew marriage […]

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One in Christ, One in Truth

Growing up as a Protestant, I got it in my head that unity in Christianity would come about if people stopped caring about the specifics of the faith. For some reason, when I would read Christ’s high priestly prayer (Jn 17), the prayer he prayed for unity before his passion and death, the prayer “that […]

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Coming Close to Mary

Since my consecration to Mary late this summer, I have been trying to understand what consecration to Mary really means. What does it mean to come close to Jesus through Mary? Thanks to the Militia of the Immaculata, I had some really good resources when I was preparing for consecration to begin to understand, in […]

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The Incarnation and Choosing to be Thankful

Maybe it is that Thanksgiving came and Advent is coming, but I have been realizing just how ungrateful I have been and, in light of that, how much more I must remember Christ’s incarnation. I often want to perfectly curate my situation and my daily schedule to what I think I need in this season […]

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A Feast for Life

Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Lord, give […]

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Arriving at the Feast (Conversion Part III)

Following Parts One and Two… Every few months, it seemed, my husband and I would express serious concern about being Lutheran—spiritual, theological, and historical—and we would talk and search for answers to our questions about Lutheranism, Catholicism, and Orthodoxy. It was intimidating to think about leaving Protestantism, which was much more comfortable and known to […]

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Stuck in the Road… (Conversion Part II)

“Man could say nothing to God, nothing from God, nothing about God, except an almost inarticulate cry for mercy and for the supernatural help of Christ, in a world where all natural things were useless. Reason was useless. Will was useless. Man could not move himself an inch any more than a stone.” – G. […]

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On the Road… (Conversion Part I)

The process of becoming Catholic took place over the course of at least four years, and it began much before I knew anything was beginning. I was a very serious evangelical Christian, in love with the Lord and desiring to do whatever God asked of me. I knew God must come before anything and anyone […]

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The Particularity of Love

Confession can be quite intimidating. Left to our own devices, we would avoid anything of the sort altogether. We do not like to think about our faults, let alone give ourselves ample time to think about our sins, and least of all to confess all our sins to another person. We do not want to […]

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Lord, To Whom Shall We Go?

Although there are countless other things I could write about for one of my first blog posts, it seems as though it would be dishonest in some way to write of anything without saying a word about the horrible things that have been going on in the Church for the past many years—the egregious acts […]

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Beginning After This Our Exile

When the thought came to me to do a blog, I was still in catechesis to be brought into full communion with the Catholic Church. I remember it was Lent, and my husband and I were beginning to pray the Rosary as a devotion we hoped to add to our daily lives. I was astounded […]

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"To stand before the face of the living God - that is our vocation."

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)