St. Maximilian, Martyr of Charity

Today is St. Maximilian Kolbe’s feast day, and I am so incredibly thankful for this saint (for a short bio, click here). In many ways, this Polish Franciscan friar and priest is responsible for the love I have developed for Mary and the closeness I feel to her, and consequently, the flourishing of my relationship […]

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On Millenials and Restless Hearts

Nor will they gain freedom of mind unless they submit themselves with their whole heart for God’s sake. Run here or there, thou wilt find no rest, but in an humble subjection under the government of a superior. The imagination and changing of places have deceived many. – St. Thomas à Kempis, Imitation of Christ […]

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Windows into Heaven

The Eastern Church in the 8th century experienced the “iconoclastic controversy.” The main controversy was over the veneration of icons (holy images of Jesus, Mary, the Saints &c.). Those who thought icons ought not be used destroyed icons (hence the name “icon-smasher”). Saint John of Damascus responds to this controversy in On the Divine Images. […]

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Is the Cross of Pregnancy Death or Life?

The responses to the near bans on abortion in many states have brought me to think extensively about abortion in a particular way—specifically how our culture views suffering. For one, I am overjoyed at how laws are finally starting to recognize the life of a precious baby in the womb, no matter what the circumstances […]

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Houses of God

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple. Psalm 26 [27]: 4 Between the fire at Notre Dame, Holy Week, and […]

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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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