Feeling overwhelmed? Read this.

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I recently had a few text exchanges with a friend about a ministry project I’m working on. My texts went something like this: I’m freaking out. I didn’t sign up for THIS!! Get me off this crazy train!!!  My holy friend responded something on the order of: Hold up, girl. There’s a grace for that. […]

That little rascal otherwise known as *Humility*

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Humility. That little rascal keeps chasing me down and running me over. Why, oh why, won’t you leave me alone, humility? For weeks now, several people I spiritually admire have used that word when chatting with me. They are in good company. St. Augustine once said the three most important factors in the spiritual life are humility, humility, and […]

Yikes! “All these evils come from within, and they defile”

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“All these evils come from within, and they defile.” – Jesus to the Pharisees

Some research indicates the average woman speaks 20,000 words a day. And man? 7,000. But no matter the number of words uttered, our daily conversations say a lot about the state of our relationships and whether we view our spouses as true partners. Are our conversations more positive than negative? Do our words lift one another up or tear one down? Do they reflect a sense of working together or of working at cross-purposes? Every word that comes out of our mouths has the ability to either undercut or underscore our marriages. To defile or purify. All those words greatly matter when it comes to demonstrating commitment to our spouses. Here are two thoughts on how to purify the “evils from within.”

Sometimes life takes you down new and unexpected roads

Sometimes life takes you down new and unexpected roads

During my undergrad years, I took class titled Death as a Part of Living. During the first lecture, we took an informal quiz of sorts that had us inventorying life events — a job change, marriage, the birth of a child, a death of a loved one, a move, starting college, etc. The more events a person experienced […]

Being Deacon: Holy Associations

Deacon Joel Schmidt and Deacon John McCully

God’s call for us can be revealed through the people the Holy Spirit has placed in our lives. I blame Deacon John McCully. Whenever someone asks about my vocation story, I start with him. To read all about how Deacon John played an integral role in planting the “diaconate seed,” head over here and read my […]