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GETTING UNSTUCK (Or Is There a Life Lesson in Candy Crush)

We all get stuck sometimes. Some of us find ourselves in unpleasant situations, like losing a job or not being able to find one, being in an abusive relationship, or dealing with unhealthy habits and addictions. We are unable to break away until the pain grows to a point where it becomes our greatest motivator to make a shift in our hearts, minds and souls. And get unstuck. Some of us, on the other hand, get stuck in a comfortable situation, which we don’t even want to change, or see no reason WHY we would …

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We Need Saints

The following is a poem which has circulated on Facebook of late. It has been loosely attributed to Pope John Paul II and/or Pope Francis-but I think there is no official authentication of who said it or who inspired it. Regardless, I was struck by its sentiment of lay Eucharistic spirituality as lived out in the world, particularly with young people. “We need saints without cassocks, without veils-we need saints with jeans and tennis shoes. We need saints that go to the movies that listen to music that hang out with their friends. We need …

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Dorothy Day: Are We Ready to Call Her A Saint?

I introduced my students to the Catholic Worker movement and Dorothy Day recently. I say “introduced” because despite the majority of my first-year college students having backgrounds in Catholic high schools or at least parish catechesis, only one in all seventy of them had ever heard of the Catholic Worker. Our discussion of Day coincided nicely with a recent piece from Religion and Ethics Weekly on her life and the road to sainthood. While the idea of “St. Dorothy Day” is a welcome one to many of us in the Church, we are left to …

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Sidetracked by Sports Heroes and Breaking News

What is it with these sensationalized news stories over a sports figure that is alleged to have killed his love interest? Is it because its about a sports figure and it makes for good drama-more like soap opera drama? “Who-shot-JR” kind of drama. Only this has become the real life, constant, breaking news cycle-the kind of breaking news which lasts for days, even weeks. Yawn. I’m tired of breaking news. I want breaking news when its actually breaking news. Or maybe it is news but not of the gargantuan variety like a mass school shooting …

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Thinking Catholic Means Being in Love with the Church

Thinking Catholic involves acknowledging and accepting the church in its full reality. In and through the church Christ makes us holy in his Spirit. Every stage of life is touched by the love and the life of the Lord through his sacraments: baptism that gives us birth, confirmation and the Eucharist that offer us maturity and strength, reconciliation and the anointing of the sick that deal with our moral and physical weaknesses. It’s all part of God’s plan to make us holy as Christ is holy.   The Church Teaches Us In and through the …

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Praying with that Communion of Saints

I’m always delighted when babies are baptized during Sunday Mass, for any number of reasons.  Chief among them – besides the chance to get a “baby fix” as my husband teasingly puts it- is singing the Litany of the Saints, and so getting a “saint fix” also. I have to admit, the Litany always gives me chills – of the good type.  I find it very cool to invoke the names of so many of the great men and women of our faith, and to ask for their prayers not only for this new child of …

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At Home with Mary and the Saints

People who are not Catholic sometimes wonder about Catholics’ devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the other saints. Catholic churches generally contain pictures and statues of Mary and the saints, often with vigil lights burning in front of them. Catholics will talk about their patron saints, or about praying to Saint Anthony when they have lost something. Sometimes they go on pilgrimage to Fatima or Lourdes or to the shrine of Saint Anne de Beaupre in Canada. Occasionally, it seems that Catholics are more at home with the saints than they are with the …

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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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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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