Peace in a Dark World

One of my favorite memories of elementary school took place at the grand finale of a Christmas program. The lights in the auditorium turned off as each student turned on a flashlight.  (Mine came right from my dad’s tool drawer—one of those thick yellow handled ones, labeled with my name on a piece of masking …

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Know, Love, & Praise: The Freedom to Choose

I once heard that humans were created for a sole purpose: to know, love, and praise God. And, if we play our cards right, we will join the saints in Heaven in knowing, loving, and praising God. When we consider that purpose, what is even more beautiful is the gift God the Father gave us …

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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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The Power of Femininity

"Yet, what makes a woman feminine? Is it the clothing she wears? The jewelry which may, or may not, adorn her limbs? Is it her hairstyle?  Or, could it simply be something more? Could there be more to the concept of femininity?" In today's piece, Anni explores femininity as it pertains to something just a little deeper than what the eye sees...

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."