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The Beauty of Catholicism

The Beauty of Catholicism I recently realized that many people do not see the beauty of the Catholic faith. The social stigmas concerning Catholicism blind people, asserting that faith and reason cannot coexist, or that the basis of faith is weak or flawed. Catholicism seems inflexible, dull or dry in its tradition. Some fr...
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

An eye-opening prayer to St. Joseph

The mental stresses and lack of sleep during finals week drained me. To push through it, I continually reminded myself of the prayer to St. Joseph in Reitz Memorial High School’s Holy Family Prayer Circle, specifically the line, “I shall work, above all, with a pure intention and with d...
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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Standing on the threshold of change

It is May 1st as I am driving from my home in New Harmony to work at the University of Southern Indiana. I am looking out on farm fields being made ready for the growing season. Much preparation is needed – getting the equipment in working condition, making sure the field, grai...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Our duty and our salvation

Our duty and our salvation I recently went to a synagogue to celebrate a dear professor’s birthday.  Shabbat service was 4 hours long, consisting of readings from the Torah, chanted in Hebrew by members of the congregation, as well as times for personal prayer and a lot of sung psalms and other prayers.  ...
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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Let's all work on mental wellness

One in five people suffers from mental illness. Look around you. The chances are good that one out of every five people you can think of probably struggles with a mental illness. It could be someone you see every day at school or work. It could be the people sitting next to you at Mass. A broken bo...
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

When Facebook ignites ages-old human nature

As high school seniors across the nation receive their acceptances to colleges and universities, they join Facebook pages for the admitted freshman class of each institution. They post a few pictures of themselves and a short autobiography, and they scroll through others’ posts to find roomma...
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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sensitive subjects

Sensitive subjects I’ve always been sensitive. As a child, I was also a dorky little thing – as evidenced by my beaver-like front teeth, frizzy hair, oval glasses and, later on, braces to boot. (For a while, all these traits were piled on top of one another; I know … yikes!) To top it all off, I was...
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Balance

Sometimes we can be the biggest obstacles to our empowerment, and sometimes we can be the only motivators pushing ourselves onward. Sometimes we can be too hard on ourselves, and sometimes we can be too easy. I think each one of us has a tendency to be more of one than the other. I know for myself,...
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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Taking a fresh look at prayer life

I know that I can always have a better prayer life. I think this is something to strive for each day of our lives, and it’s a goal that perhaps won’t ever be met—we can always increase our communication with God. I recently spoke with a priest about prayer and about how this one a...
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Wednesday, April 04, 2018

Don't take God's love for granted

As children, many of us may have sung, “Jesus loves me this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” But what have we done with that knowledge? Many of us undervalue the significance of God’s love in our lives. The fact that Jesus loves us should not remain stagnant. It should prompt u...
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Wednesday, March 21, 2018