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Love Made Credible

Love Made Credible
We often feel love, particularly when we are at the outset of a romantic relationship. The struggles of married life, however, move this feeling much deeper, rooting our love in choice, intentional gift, desire that perseveres. Love becomes credible when it becomes this love of choice. But even as adults we remain children. We still want the feeling. We want to know we're loved. That we make a difference. We want to be swept off our feet by someone. We want to know we're special. There's nothing...
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Before You Argue, Try This

Before You Argue, Try This
Sometimes people around us make decisions that make us MAD. We hear about a decision or situation that may or may not affect us personally but about which we have information and/or vested interest. And we rightly begin to think: "Why didn't they ask..." "Why aren't they consulting..." "Don't they realize the repercussions of ..." "That's not fair..." "That's downright stupid..." "Can't they see what's going to happen because..."  We've all been there. It's almost impossible to avoid t...
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I had forgotten what love truly means

I had forgotten what love truly means
"In my fight to continue to be me, I had forgotten what love truly means."This line jumped out at me from an article written by Dennis Erford at TOBA Blog. It seems that we have three options when it comes to getting along with other people: accommodating ourselves so that we appear to be getting along and avoid friction and disapproval; refuse to accommodate ourselves and insist on our rights seek the greater good for the other and for ourself.Erford's article is a wonderful refle...
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Your Wedding Is Part of Something Greater

Your Wedding Is Part of Something Greater
"I'm not quite sure why so  many people cared about the details of my wedding.  They were quite often appalled that I couldn't plan each detail of my wedding to make it "the wedding I wanted."  Sigh.  The wedding I wanted was a Catholic wedding, and as long as I was able to marry my beloved, I didn't care about the minute details...."Mandi from the blog Catholic Newlywed has written a sensitive article about how to plan a wedding that is both Catholic and counter-cultural. In...
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Thou Shalt Be Responsible For Thyself

Thou Shalt Be Responsible For Thyself
by Sr. Kathryn J. Hermes, FSPSince I work in the Digital Department of our publishing house, I am often asked by people I work with to fix a computer problem. Typically I’m not the one who should be called for this since I am able to resolve only the simplest of technology issues. I noticed, however, a pattern that is quite amusing. In most cases, when a computer isn’t performing to expectation the problem is always the computer. Even when it is clear a person doesn’t know much...
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How to Move Past the Hurt: 3 tips that could save a relationship

How to Move Past the Hurt: 3 tips that could save a relationship
In preparation for the Jubilee celebrated in the year 2000, a cleaning project was initiated for the facade of St. Peter's Basilica. Chemical agents were applied to the marble of the basilica. The workers were surprised as the cleaning progressed that the marble appeared to be a green color. Some even thought that the chemical agents used to clean the building were destroying the marble's color. After consulting the original plans for the basilica, however, it was clear that green was indeed the...
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How to Recover from an Argument

How to Recover from an Argument
Emotions have a way of escalating out of control especially in a close relationship. We are often baffled by another's behavior or choices. Instead of a calm conversation to explore what is happening, we feel angry, hurt, sad, or any number of other reactions that indicate we feel threatened, unheard or unseen. If we are able to get past immediate reactions, however, we soon realize that what we “understood” to be happening, often is not accurate. At a certain point in...
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New Year's Resolution: Open Your Eyes

New Year's Resolution: Open Your Eyes
Open your eyes...not the eyes that provide your "everyday sight," but the eyes through which you know what you see...inner eyes made gentle and kind by being washed in truth.What do you see when you look at your spouse? Your child? Your home? A problem? So often our "everyday sight" is distorted by feelings and frustrations and fears. A film covers our eyes...filters from memories, desires, demands. Our "everyday sight" has been shaped by how others have looked at us or how others have not ...
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The Christmas Gift

The Christmas Gift
Gifts remind us of how much we depend on others, for we can't give ourselves a gift. A gift by its nature is received from the graciousness of the gift giver. So in one way it is highly appropriate that Christmas is the season of giving gifts, the season in which we practice giving and receiving, love and gratitude. Christmas is the celebration of the Father's gift to us of his Son, of the mystery of love in which God came to live hidden among us in order to be our brother and our Savior. Jesus'...
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The Blessing of "Unanswered Prayer" - An Adoption Story

The Blessing of
By MaryPat St. Jean  I am still in awe of how abundantly my husband Tom and I have been blessed. Like country music star Garth Brooks states so well in one of his songs, “I thank God for unanswered prayers”. For years we prayed so hard to conceive a child. We could not even begin to have known how much more joy God’s plan for us would bring. Early years of marriage: waiting for a childTom and I met during our freshmen year of college so we knew each other fairly w...
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  • Love Made Credible

    Love Made Credible

    We often feel love, particularly when we are at the outset of a romantic relationship. The struggles of married life, however, move this feeling much deeper, rooting our love in choice, intentional gi...
  • Before You Argue, Try This

    Before You Argue, Try This

    Sometimes people around us make decisions that make us MAD. We hear about a decision or situation that may or may not affect us personally but about which we have information and/or vested interest. A...
  • I had forgotten what love truly means

    I had forgotten what love truly means

    "In my fight to continue to be me, I had forgotten what love truly means."This line jumped out at me from an article written by Dennis Erford at TOBA Blog. It seems that we have three options whe...
  • Your Wedding Is Part of Something Greater

    Your Wedding Is Part of Something Greater

    "I'm not quite sure why so  many people cared about the details of my wedding.  They were quite often appalled that I couldn't plan each detail of my wedding to make it "the wedding I wanted...
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    God loves me for who I am

    “I wish I had more self-confidence.” My heart is pounding, my palms sweaty, my fingers cold as ice, and I cannot quite take in a full breath of air. I am standing in general assembly on my first day...
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    Before You Argue, Try This

    Sometimes people around us make decisions that make us MAD. We hear about a decision or situation that may or may not affect us personally but about which we have information and/or vested interest. A...
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    The Blessing of "Unanswered Prayer" - An Adoption Story

    By MaryPat St. Jean  I am still in awe of how abundantly my husband Tom and I have been blessed. Like country music star Garth Brooks states so well in one of his songs, “I thank God ...