Tag Archives: EReis

The Way You Do The Things You Do

I came across a reflection topic recently that totally surprised me.  It was first of all very simple.  Secondly, very obvious.  And thirdly, something that I had never managed to think of on my own before. The idea is basically this:  What would Mary do if she was living in my life?  How would she handle and respond to the very same people, responsibilities, and challenges that I deal with? For example:  What would she do right now, with this small afternoon that seems full of things I ought to get done, but is presenting …

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The Catholic Vote

I know, I know – We are not a partisan Church.  Gotcha.  We don’t endorse any one candidate.  Check. That being said, this is just a friendly reminder that being faithful with our vote is a non-negotiable when it comes to being a practicing Catholic. Any adult Catholic who is clever and witty enough to follow politics at all, is surely able to inform his or herself about what we are morally bound to stand against and/or support in our public life as Catholics.  That’s right.  Morally bound.  Voting is a part of our public …

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I Used to Sit Next to You

I love my husband.  Some of my fondest memories of the early part of our relationship are the times we spent going to Mass together.  I guess because I was young and naïve, I totally took for granted the way we could sit with our shoulders touching.  We could always be close enough to really feel like we were at Mass as a couple: a little hand-squeeze if part of the homily applied to us in a special way, a small nudge if the reading was one we both loved, etc.  Just us…The old days. …

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Where Are the Nuns?

An innocent errand turned into a nun-quest.  I had to do a little shopping over by Kenwood Mall with my 3 year old girl, and, for once, we had enough time and energy to stop by St. Gertrude’s in Madeira to visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  It is beautiful there, and quiet, and peaceful, and I love it… but anyway… My little girl is fascinated by the idea of nuns.  We read stories about women saints who were nuns, we talk about nuns and pray for them, she plays nun dress-up, she says she …

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Is Chastity Possible?

Hey, the vampires can do it, right?  (no seriously…don’t get me started on Twilight…that’s a whole ‘nuther can of worms, as they say) Any real-life, off the books discussion on chastity I’ve ever been a part of almost always finds its way to the nitty-gritty red tape zone.  The zone that deals with “lines that you shall not cross” and all the other red tape issues that go alone with it.  How far is too far?  What about this line?  Do you have to go to confession for this?  What if you’re engaged?  What if …

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Fairytales DO Come True!

I’d like to start this post with a little aside in praise of men.  You see, sometimes I am amazed at how many awesome, wonderfully manly men I am privileged to know.  I’m talking about real MEN OF GOD – men who fight everyday for the good God.  Men who fight to stay pure.  Men who are faithful to the teachings of Christ and His Church.  Men who strive for virtue and greatness in a culture that offers them comfort and self-appeasement.  Men who sacrifice for their families.  Men who find their strength in prayer …

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50 Shades of Sick

Usually I mind my own business.  In fact, often to a fault.  Sometimes I keep to myself when I should open my big mouth and say something to somebody. Welp, the other day I was picking out the family food at Kroger and I was presented with an opportunity NOT to mind my own business.  Something made me want to browse down the book isle, even though I don’t buy new books that often.  Low and behold, a beautiful teenage girl was shopping with her boyfriend, and guess what they were about to spend their …

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A Child Isn’t.

A Child Isn’t a bundle of cells that can be destroyed when a pregnancy is inconvenient.  A child is an unrepeatable person from the first moment of their life. A Child Isn’t a cute accessory to add to your life like your smart phone.  People talk about babies like they can buy one at Target whenever they get to that part of their to-do list (right after running a marathon, going to Europe, and buying a house). A Child Isn’t something you are entitled to just because you decide it’s time to “do the baby …

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Feed ME!

Our Son. First Born. He has filled our lives with joy, gratitude, and lots of those puzzling “I think my child may be smarter than me” moments. He was an early talker and one of my favorite toddler memories happened right around the time he turned 2.  One day he found me idle and asked me simply, “Could you please make me a beautiful snack?” Another time I had crept into the kitchen as quietly as I could, to try and devour a sandwich without being interrupted.  Sure enough, whatever activity he was busy with …

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Covered In Love

I was just…about…to lose it. My husband had been away on a retreat for a day or two, and I had been parenting solo for long enough.   I had just found a nook on the couch to rest – that is, after I found the couch through all the clutter of toys, blankets, and pillows strewn about on the floor from an abandoned fort-building project.  And you guessed it:  As soon as I sat, I heard a wee cry telling me it was time to nurse the baby. At least when I entered her dark, …

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