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Vocations

Preparing for Advent with C.S. Lewis

November is a great time to meditate upon our final destiny. Catholics are often reminded of the four last things which lay always before a soul on Earth: death, judgment, heaven, and hell. The souls in Purgatory have already faced these and during the month of November we pray for them; but we are also […] Read More

Benedict and the Jets: A Lesson from the Monastery to the Modern World

Wake up…Kiss my spouse…Fight traffic….Go to work…Fight Traffic…Kiss my spouse….Pay the bills….Go to bed….Set alarm to repeat next day. Sound like a familiar routine? The world today is fixated on the busyness of daily life. It sometimes seems that one’s time becomes dictated by a pre-set schedule. Day by day and week to week, there […] Read More

Vocation: Fulfilling Our Call to Love

The Common Vocation of Man A number of years ago I attended a vocations retreat with a Dominican religious order, thinking maybe God was calling me to the religious life since I was not feeling a call to marriage. The only real call I felt at that time was a call to continue my academic […] Read More

5 Simple Lessons about Priests

As a parish secretary for several years, I have had ample time to reflect on the role of priests and the laity’s view toward them. The following are five things I’ve learned: 1) Priests maintain the life of a parish. We see priests offer Mass and hear Confessions, but what do they do when they […] Read More

Mary, Who Is Called the Magdalene

    The Easter season brings St. Mary Magdalene, Apostle to the Apostles, before the eyes of the whole Church.  Many consider Mary Magdalene to be Mary of Bethany.  St. Gregory the Great, among other Church Fathers, stated that this was so.  Tradition in the West sided with this opinion for centuries.  The collect for […] Read More

5 Tips to Balance Studenthood and Parenthood

As a newly-wed when people asked why Shaun and I were putting off children for a few years, our answer was always consistent. We wanted to set ourselves up to allow me to be a stay at home mom from the beginning. This is a goal that I in no way regret and I am […] Read More

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage …

First comes love, THEN comes marriage, THEN comes baby in the baby carriage … I am continually amazed at the things that I read … and not always in a good way. As the title goes … First comes love, then comes marriage, THEN comes baby in the baby carriage … there are reasons for […] Read More

To God Who Gives Joy To My Youth

We hear so often that church attendance is low and that there is a big vocational crisis. Among other things, there are seminaries with only a handful of students in each class; dioceses that must close parishes because they do not have enough priests to staff them (or parishioners to attend them,) and religious orders […] Read More

Our Prayers Have Been Answered

Shortly after I moved to Cincinnati, the archdiocese received a new shepherd, Archbishop Schnurr. — Lest it seem that I am taking my bishop to task in the following remarks, I declare plainly that I am not. — Our new archbishop brought with him a vocations prayer that he had written some time before.  That […] Read More