The Most Wonderful Time: A Twelve Day Gift to Our Readers

There are many popular tunes this time of year. It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year is a pretty catchy tune, and as I sat to write these words, that song popped into my head. Because, as we await the celebration and festivities of Jesus' birth, it truly can be the most wonderful time of …

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28 Ways to Renew Your Sense of Hope

It started with a PDF file - a deposition roughly 250 pages long. I read it in the dark on my tiny phone screen, sitting on the bed next to my sleeping son. This was a bad idea. Because as everyone knows in the world of adulting, fatigue can be one of your soul’s greatest …

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Freedom in Monasticism and What It Means for the Un-cloistered

When I was younger I wanted to be a nun, badly. Even though I eventually discerned a vocation to marriage, I still retain a love and admiration of the monastic life from spending time with the Sisters. While I firmly believe that everyone should embrace their current vocation, I see the vocations to religious life …

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Have Courage and Be Kind: A Take on Catholic Womanhood

"From the female saints who have been declared Doctors of the Church (St. Hildegard of Bingen, St. Therese of Lisieux, and St. Teresa of Avila), to the lifestyles and celebrated feast days of various female saints, to the reverence with which we treat Mary, the Mother of God, and finally, to the teaching that the Church herself embodies the attributes of womanhood, the Catholic Church recognized - and recognizes - the inherent dignity, worth, and value of women."