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7 Sneaky Ways to Evangelize

April 21, 2015

If there’s one word that strikes fear into the hearts of Catholics, it’s this: evangelization. (And if not “fear,” it’s at least good for a little eye rolling.) For the idea of knocking on doors, handing out pamphlets, and discussing our faith with total strangers is both intimidating and unappealing to most of us –… Read More ›

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The Easter Vigil for Beginners

The first Easter Vigil I ever attended was in 1986 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in College Station, Texas. That year, a dozen or so men and women entered into full communion with the Church, and thanks be to God, I was one of them. Though I’d spent nearly a year in RCIA1 – in… Read More ›

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The Hidden Power of the Will

Usually about this time during Lent, one of my kids comes up to me with a long face and asks if they can change their Lenten resolution. I’ve got to admit, I know exactly how they feel. Fasting and other kinds of sacrifice don’t come easy. We have good intentions but quickly grow tired and… Read More ›

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Of purging and all things purgatorial…

For the first 10 years or so of married life, my husband and I hauled around at least three huge boxes of textbooks. Every time we moved, we’d pack them up and take them to the next house, and there they would sit in our attic or storage room…until the next move. I finally somehow… Read More ›

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Wasting Time on your Kids

A few years ago, Frommer’s came out with a book called 500 Places to Take Your Kids Before They Grow Up. I was intrigued by the title and bought it because it combined two things that I enjoy and are important to me: travel and spending time with my kids. The book focuses on making… Read More ›

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Till Death Do Us Part…

In the early years, when my husband and I were first married, it seemed we enjoyed being together 24/7. Even mundane chores, like doing the dishes or making a trip to the laundromat, weren’t so bad if we were together. We commonly hear this period of time referred to as the “honeymoon phase,” that stage… Read More ›

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When Two Become One: Living God’s Plan for Marriage

Growing up, one of my favorite games was The Game of Life. I loved getting my little car and filling it up with my husband and children, all the while making decisions about education, careers, houses, and the like. I guess it was so engaging because this is how I imagined my real life would… Read More ›

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Putting the ‘Hallowed’ Back in Halloween

It’s that time of year again: Halloween, one of those holidays that you either love or really can’t stand. As a kid, I was all over it; as an adult, it’s a much different story. I could easily come up with a dozen different things I don’t like about it. But my biggest objection, by… Read More ›

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What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

If you knew my family’s history with pets, you might wonder if I’m the best person to write an article about the role and value of pets in our lives. We don’t have a dog, my husband is highly allergic to cats, and our only pet at the moment is a Chinese fighting fish by… Read More ›

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Thank God for migraines!

Several years ago I discovered that I have a really weird allergy – I’m allergic to scents. Things like perfume, lotion, hand sanitizer, and even dryer sheets can really put me over the edge. Within minutes, I get an arc around the right side of my face and begin seeing double. Then comes the throbbing… Read More ›

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