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Word of the day

Word of the day One of my friends got involved in Toastmasters, an organization that focuses on improving public speaking and leadership skills. One aspect of the first meeting she attended was the Word of the Day. Participants were encouraged to use the word as they could in their speeches, interactions, and dial...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Newman Club truly is a ministry

Newman Club truly is a ministry Though Christians are not supposed to be deceptive, “Newman Club” is indeed a deceptive title.  It is not until one looks at our mission statement for“Catholic Campus Ministry” that they realize the Newman Club is not a club but a ministry. Other clubs throughout campus...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Our decisions matter

Our decisions matter Our decisions matter. They are not arbitrary happenings, nor are they irrelevant to the rest of the world. As Pope Benedict XVI wrote in Introduction to Christianity, our end “is based on decisions…the final stage of the world is not the result of a natural current but the result of res...
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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Advent is upon us!

Advent is upon us! When many of us make our lists this time of year, we probably include decorating, shopping and baking; but fasting, extra praying, giving alms and doing penance may not make the top of the list. However, I'm on a mission this year to make Advent the penitential season it's meant...
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Thursday, December 06, 2018

Learning how to trust God

Learning how to trust God I have a bit of difficulty trusting God. I don’t doubt God’s absolute love for me and desire for my every good. I simply don’t understand how I can trust him. Joseph Ratzinger (Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI) explains in his “Introduction to Christianity” that, “As t...
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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Talk fans flames of passion for family and marriage

The Love and Fidelity Network posted a talk that fanned the flame of my passion for the importance of the family and a strong marriage culture. Helen Alvare, JD, a law professor, author, and speaker with an impressive list of accomplishments and involvements in the Catholic, family, and marriage wo...
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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Adjusting to daily Mass

Adjusting to daily Mass Adjusting is an interesting process—one that has led me to the significant conclusion that I should structure my days around daily Mass. As a college freshman in her first semester, I have certainly heard my fair share about adjusting. Much of this talk and advice gave me the understanding th...
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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

There is joy in service

There is joy in service What is your first thought when someone mentions service? Is it an image, an event, a phrase – or maybe it’s just a feeling that comes to mind? If you said helping out with parish events, volunteering at a soup kitchen or even helping a friend remodel their house, you’d be correct...
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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Peace in adversity

Peace in adversity Years ago, when I interviewed Kathy DiFiore, an exemplary woman who founded a network of shelters in New Jersey for homeless teenage mothers and abused women, she mentioned how the inspiration for her ministry came while she was praying, "Lord, make me a channel of your peace."    &#...
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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

It's all about balance

During my 12-week maternity leave, the first two weeks were a time of great adjustment; when people say “babies are a lot of work,” they aren’t kidding. Then I went through a time when I was craving more adult interaction and even going back to my day job. I loved all of the time...
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Wednesday, October 03, 2018