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Behold! The Lego Rosary.

This! 🙂

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My Own Personal Kryptonite: Evangelization at Home

“Wherever our family is in faith, our call is to love them first, accepting them for who they are, yet working for who they one day might be with expectant faith – because nothing is impossible with God. When I think about my brother, I don’t know if he will ever not see me as an “uber-Catholic,” but I pray God touches His heart. I trust God is at work in his life, and God will meet Him as he wills. I have learned that God’s love is more powerful than any kryptonite… If we stand waiting in prayer and love, God will show up and do amazing things.

A great post by Mary Bielski. It’s so very true for me too: the people in my life that I find most difficult to initiate spiritual conversations with are the people that I long to share my whole self with, my family and closest friends. It’s freaking scary! But I’d also like to think that maybe it doesn’t need to be a big, dramatic, life-shaking event: maybe by doing “small things with great love” is how God wants to speak through me. 🙂

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Men’s Real Vocations Are Not Their Careers

I’m still working on the 5th and final part of the Lenten quote series, but I just had to link this piece by Jennifer Fulwiler. I think it’s great to pursue big career dreams and goals, but when a man lies on his deathbed, I don’t think any real man has ever, or will ever say, “I wish I spent less time with my wife and kids.” Or, “I wish I spent more time slaving away at the office.” Or for parish priests, “I wish I spent less time saying Mass, administering the Sacraments, and teaching the faith and more time balancing parish budgets and doing administrative work for the parish.” Our careers are a part of who we are, but they can never define the entirety of our identities.

Memento Mori = perspective 🙂

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Is Being Single a Failure?.

Exactly the reminder I needed right now. This vocation journey has had some amazing highs and humbling lows, and so far I’m not quite sure where it’s going most of the time, but it’s good to know that even when the time comes for this gift to be fully revealed to me (and I accept it), it’s not the end goal, but a new phase in the pursuit of holiness, in the pursuit of heaven 🙂

P.S. If you didn’t actually click the link to read the article, the answer to the title is no (at least I think so!) 😛 haha, now go read it!

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Leaning Back.

“What I do know, what I do believe, what I’ve learned from the story of my life, is that when I let go of leaning back into those things that God says “no” to, I find out that He’s been waiting to give me something even greater than what my little soul thinks will set me free. I do not yet understand His love. May this Holy Week be a time for all of us grow and understand it more clearly.” – Sarah Babbs

Amen, amen, amen!!! 🙂

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When the Archbishop Met the President

Thus far on this blog, I’ve tended to focus more on the spiritual aspect, or the “personal relationship with God” aspect, than I have on the religious aspect, or “communal relationship with God” aspect. However, the truth is that belief, which has Old English roots of “by” and “lief”, or “by life,” is not simply an idea, concept, or value that one holds in their head and heart, but it is something that one lives out in a practical sense, an idea by which one lives his/her life. The Gospel call to Catholics (and more broadly to all Christians) to love God and neighbor does not stop at the level of personal feelings, but goes far beyond it into a value that is infused into every aspect and action of our daily lives.

With that said, here is an article from the Wall Street Journal that details a very controversial current event: the HHS mandate that basically forces religious service providers (houses of worship are pretty much the only ones “exempt”) to fully fund contraception and sterilization services (and in the case of “contraception,” some methods also perform abortive functions as well, i.e. post-fertilization, so technically, some methods of abortion would also be “covered”) which are morally objectionable to certain religious faiths. The article does a great job of summarizing the impact of this mandate on the Catholic Church specifically but also refocusing the discussion on the most basic and most important concern in this debate, one which impacts all Americans: the religious freedom that is protected by the First Amendment. This debate, sadly, has brought out a lot of ugly, hateful, bigoted, angry words from many different sides on different tangents, which have obscured this most important concern. What I hope and pray for, all the time, but also specifically on this issue, is this: that we can learn to open our hearts and minds to see things from each others’ perspectives with kindness, patience, and love, so that we can be who we were made to be: people of love and compassion.