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Perpetual Adoration of the Exposed Blessed Sacrament
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Look At Me

    I sat there in the quiet chapel, feeling exceptionally grateful for my seven-month-old son’s spontaneous nap, which gave me the chance to savor a few minutes with Jesus in adoration. Still, prayerful moments like these before the Lord in the Eucharist seemed so fleeting lately that I was almost too giddy to buckle down and pray. I nestled [...]

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Saying your Prayers versus Praying your Prayers

In the spiritual life, the language we use intimately reflects our hearts. As an example, let’s look at prayer. Do we “say our prayers?” Or do we pray in an intimate relationship with God? The former is like saying, “I said words to my wife.” The latter is closer to saying, “My wife and I had a wonderful dinner together.” Prayer, [...]

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The Paradox of Letting Children Go

When I saw my baby—my baby—flying through the air attached to bungee cords at the county fair, I couldn’t breathe and my arms suddenly ached to hold her and keep her safe. She was so high, so far away. Sure, she’s nine, but still . . . the sight evoked an all too familiar feeling, the same one I had when she took her first [...]

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Flannery O’Connor and the Devil’s Territory

Shocking, grotesque, violent, and dark! Readers often use these adjectives after reading Flannery O’Connor’s stories. In her day, the horrified reactions from country folks in the small town of Milledgeville where she lived were fairly predictable. Even her own mother flinched from the gruesomeness of her fiction—and an aunt took to bed for a week after reading O’Connor’s first novel. [...]

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Pass the Pencils, Please

Is there anything better than a freshly sharpened pencil, a brand-new blank notebook, and a comfortably cluttered table? Other than the pile of books I have to read, no. This time of year is some sort of balm to the nine-year-old writer in me, the one who still sees possibilities and promise when she sees a box of pencils. It’s [...]

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Reverence Please… Jesus is Present!

Our teenagers just came back from a Steubenville Retreat. They are fired up. They have had a palpable sense of the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Then they come to Mass in the parish and that feeling begins to ebb away. Why? Why doesn’t every single Mass remind us and fill us with a sense of God’s real [...]

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Joseph Pearce and Beauteous Truth

I first heard of Joseph Pearce in 2011 when I came across a copy of Literary Converts in a Catholic bookstore. I was captivated by his study of the spiritual lives of some converts to the Catholic faith who were also among the great names in the English literary world. I met him for the first time in January of this [...]

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The Danger of Martha’s Vindication

I have noticed a troubling trend in past years when the Gospel reading about Mary and Martha’s encounter with Christ surfaces. Of course we all know the passage: “Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at the [...]

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Angels, Our Friends Indeed

Need a friend? Never forget that God so loved the world that he gave us his only begotten son. And he so loved his children, that he gave us each an angel. I recall scooting to one side in my desk during second grade at St. Albert the Great school to make room for my angel to sit next to [...]

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Brother Guy Consolmagno: Carl Sagan Medal Winner and Role Model

The American Astronomical Society (AAS) Division for Planetary Sciences announced this month that Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno has won the Carl Sagan Medal for outstanding communication about planetary science to the general public. Brother Consolmagno is an astronomer and meteorite expert at the Vatican Observatory. He also serves as their Coordinator for Public Relations. The AAS commended Brother Consolmagno for occupying a “unique position” among astronomers as a “credible spokesperson for scientific [...]