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Do you stand with refugees?

If you had to flee your home, what would you take? Food or water for the uncertain journey? Photos of your loved ones? A keepsake of your homeland? Your phone? Your passport?             Each day, war, violence, persecution or oppression force...
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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Should we don our 'camo' all the time?

The other day, I was in a store’s dressing room and overheard one woman jokingly saying to another, “It’s all about camouflage, isn’t it?” I laughed a little to myself, partially because it is a true but funny observation and partially because the statement is entirely...
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

In for a shock

What I did not anticipate about post-graduate life is the set of spiritual difficulties it has brought.  A host of forces makes commitment to prayer challenging these days:  the absence of the faith community I built in college; the perceived need to split all of my spare time doing vario...
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Thursday, June 15, 2017

God wants to be in ALL of your life

      Sometimes we might assume that God is only one aspect of our lives. We might compartmentalize him and push him into the religion box – keeping him separate from our relationships, our work or school lives, and all other areas. But the amazing thing about God is that...
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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Figuring it out

I graduated from college last weekend. In other words, I've entered the period during which I'm allegedly obligated to do scary, abstract things like "figure out my future."  As I’ve gathered, figuring out my future means heading down the path that culminates in what we amiably call...
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Go Forth

My younger sister’s high-school graduation at the end of May puts into perspective for me how quickly time passes. It feels like not too long ago that I was up on that stage receiving a diploma myself. Looking back, so much has changed; I regret not taking the new beginning as seriously as I...
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

St. Gianna provides a wondrous example

  The Saints were regular human beings—I have to remind myself that sometimes. We often read snippets about saints, short facts and highlights that undoubtedly share why that person was canonized. Many had religious vocations, but others were called to the single or married life. One Sai...
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

Our future requires a focus on God

As a junior in high school, the future is a common topic of conversation. Where would you like to go to college? What career are you interested in? What is your vision for your life? I like thinking about such things, but recently I was struck by a certain predicament: how do my career goals reconc...
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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Aging beautifully

It is an imperative of many industries and fields to be “current,” offering the latest features and the newest models. In fields like medicine, being up to date is decidedly important, as innovations and new research often provide life-saving treatments.  Yet, in other areas, from...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jesus died for no other reason but love

    “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” Peter Kreeft’s words remind us how selfless Christ was in his sacrifice on the cross. We must always keep in mind his passi...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017