Should we smile, smile, smile?

What's the difference between feigned joy that cult members are required to display, and a suffering saint's determination to smile at everyone she meets; and what does it have to do with the awful client with the beautiful blue eyes?Read the rest at the Register.***image: By Robert Pérez Palou (http://www.robertperezpalou.com/) [CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons … [Read more...]

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Up from Unity Candles

My marriage is now an adult! It's eighteen years old as of yesterday.Here's a piece I wrote back in 2011, wherein I recount some of the ridiculous things that happened during our wedding ceremony, and how little they mattered. *** Here is a nice little explanation of what a Catholic wedding looks like, compared to what you might see on TV. No one “gives the bride away,” for instance, because a valid marriage requires that the bride and groom freely give themselves. Likewise, the priest … [Read more...]

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Blessed Are the Useless

This is the connection that we need to hear over and over again: we're not here, in this world, to get ahead. We're not here to prove how useful we are, and we're not here to use other people. We're not beloved by God because of how useful we are to Him! We're useless. We're beloved in our uselessness, because God is too big to fit into a simple equation of cost and benefit, debits and credits, loss and gain. We're beloved because we exist, and that's it. And if we want to meet God, we will find … [Read more...]

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How about post-Cana counseling?

 For many young couples, their main problem is that they simply don't have any Catholic friends or family, and no one will know what they're talking about if they are struggling with family planning, or educational choices, or how to maintain a family prayer life. What's missing is not classes or seminars or programs, but direct human contact with people who understand.Read the rest at the Register.photo credit: Kitty Cat via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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Food, Love, Law, Jesus: It’s All the Same Thing

What God is trying to tell me is, "Sweetheart, why are you making this so complicated?"Read the rest at the Register.*** photo credit: Last Supper via photopin (license) … [Read more...]

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On complaining honestly about NFP (and other crosses)

Want to complain about NFP? Far be it from me to stop you! You could even go ahead and write a whole book about how hard NFP can be, and see where that gets you. (Psst, it's still on sale! $5 paperback, $2.99 eb0ok) . Couples who are struggling are very grateful to hear that they're not the only ones who hate NFP. There's nothing worse than feeling like, not only are you having a miserable time, but you're the only ones who aren't lovin' every minute of it. . Happily, the conversation about N … [Read more...]

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Maria Goretti didn’t die for her virginity

Or she wasn't canonized just because she managed to remain a virgin, anyway.Let's back up. When you think about holiness, do you fall into bathwater thinking?Bathwater thinking is when you forget the baby -- the living, breathing, vulnerable persons in front of you -- and instead, you wallow around in that warm, familiar bathwater of your indisputably worthy cause. Think about St. Gianna Molla.  A good many people believe that this woman’s greatness came in her eager, joyful acceptance o … [Read more...]

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