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The Aurora Shooting: Be Not Afraid

The Aurora, Colorado, shootings on July 20, 2012, hit a lot of people hard—including me. This weekend, as the pictures of people who lost their lives slowly emerged, it became even more real for me. Faces (more so than names) always prompt me to try and imagine who the people behind the photos actually were before their lives horrifically ended. Several of my friends and acquaintances expressed similar sentiments upon processing the tragic news: “I want to move to a rural area”; “You just can’t leave the house anymore”; I’m scared to bring kids into …

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Mission Trips: Taking the Plunge

I was blessed to be able to take a mission trip to Puerto Rico during the summer of 2008. Like many others, I suspect, I at first grappled with if I should even go. Could I get the time off from work? Could I afford a ticket? Was my desire to go in line with what God desired of me? And of course, I wasn’t the only one with concerns: my mom worried about safety, and my sister, a nurse, worried about sickness. My trip turned out to be an amazing experience—I made lifelong friendships, grew in …

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A Lesson From Twitter

“Every person or institution will eventually let us down. Our ultimate trust must be in God and we will never be disappointed.” This was a tweet I stumbled across from Cardinal Dolan that really resonated with me. I so often fall into the trap of being continually shocked and disappointed when friends or family members fail me in some way—or I perceive that they do. I sometimes forget that they are imperfect humans, as am I. I also used to lump happiness and joy into the same category, being that happy and joyful are synonymous. …

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Why I Love Being Catholic

I really do love being Catholic, though that wasn’t always the case. Growing up in the southern United States, I was a minority among the Protestants, especially in the rural town of Statesboro, Georgia, where I went to college. I’m ashamed to admit that one day a professor asked my class if anyone was Catholic, and when no other hands were raised, I shrank in my seat. Today I would proudly claim Catholicism, but at that time I never had a full appreciation—nor understanding—of my Catholic faith. I do now. Here are 5 reasons I …

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The Quest for a Modest Dress

I’ve heard friends who have gotten married before me complain about how hard it is to find a modest, “altar-appropriate” wedding dress that’s still flattering and stylish. Now that I’m engaged to be married and have casually started browsing wedding dresses, I’ve found this to be true for myself. The overwhelming majority of dresses out there just miss the mark on modesty. I’ve also had trouble with bridesmaid dresses. When I was preparing for my sister’s wedding last fall (I was her maid of honor), I tried on what seemed like tons of dresses before …

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Dealing with Hurt and Difficulties

It’s encouraging to know that the saints and other holy people struggled with many of the same things that we do. Sometimes I fall into the trap of placing very holy people on a pedestal, envisioning that they somehow remain untouched and protected from the trials and tribulations we face in everyday life. I used to liken convent living to that of heaven—everyone is in love with God and therefore surely radiates happiness and kindness all day, every day, right? Wrong. In the book, Mother Angelica: The Remarkable Story of a Nun, Her Nerve, and …

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Run for the Call

I’m not a runner. Even when I was in the best shape of my life (on two different swim teams at once), I couldn’t run long distances with ease. But I do enjoy it, and I’m always looking for new ways to connect with people who share my passion for the sport as well as new and great causes for which to run. I was excited to find a team of men, women, and children who are helping young men in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati fulfill their vocations to the priesthood by running (or walking) in area …

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