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AnnAliese is a proud Army wife to her husband Chris and mother to their two young children. She has a BA in History, a Masters in Social Work, and has worked with disabled veterans, troubled teens, and in early childhood intervention therapy. Since the birth of her children, she has dedicated her time to volunteering with Army Community Services and several military chapel communities. As a cradle-Catholic, AnnAliese has been active in the Church since she was a child. As an adult, she has spent time serving as a lector, EMHC, Adoration coordinator, and Catholic Women of the Chapel (CWOC) chapter president and vice president. She also blogs about topics of Catholicism, parenting, and military life at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life. You can also follow her on Twitter @BeautifulCamoMe, on Instagram at beautifulcamouflagedmess, or on Facebook at A Beautiful, Camouflaged Mess of A Life.

The Power of Prayer: A Reminder of Mercy

Through our life’s experiences, and the decisions we intentionally make, we are fully able to join ourselves with Jesus, and to envisionRead more »

Anxiety, Change, and a Whole Lot of Trust

Not too long ago, I was surveying the to-do list of what seems a million things as my family adjusts to our newborn, my postpartum medicalRead more »

The Guiding Light of Mary: Inspiration for Deepening Our Relationship with Christ

The month of May is one of two months devoted to Mary, the mother of God. This past Lent, I found myself reflecting on the ways in whichRead more »

Love As Christ Loved (Part 3): Recognizing Honor, Dignity, and Beauty of Children

In Matthew 19:14, Christ made it abundantly clear His love extends even to the littlest of us, by instructing His disciples, “Let theRead more »

Love As Christ Loved (Part 2): Recognizing Our Spouse Through the Eyes of Christ

I previously wrote about how we should love ourselves as Christ loved us on the Cross. He recognizes our inherent worth and beauty,Read more »

Love As Christ Loved (Part 1): Recognizing Our Own Love, Light, and Goodness

God is Love. God is Light. God is Goodness. God’s arch-enemy, is determined to destroy all of God’s Creation – determined toRead more »

The Missing Component of the #MeToo Movement

Anger, one of the many emotions we may feel on a daily basis, can be used as a tool. It can be a catalyst for change. In fact, it isRead more »

“Peter Moments” and Lent

…the more I realized I had just experienced a “Peter moment.” A moment in which I was called to identify Christ in my life, or it wasRead more »

Journeying to Christ

Last year, The Shepherd on a Search was all the rage. Touted as a Christian-based answer to the Elf on the Shelf, the premise seemed toRead more »

Sacramentals, Mercy, Advent, Oh My!

Not long ago, I attended an event where an icebreaker game was played. The icebreaker was to count up how many Sacramentals we had on eachRead more »

An Uncomfortable Truth

During a homily a couple years ago, the chaplain at the time shared a quote based on Pope Saint John XXIII’s Coat of Arms. The quote said,Read more »

Contemplating Eternity: The Encouragement of Our Lady of Fatima

We are living in dark, perilous times – no darker and no more perilous than the times preceding today’s society. However, asRead more »

A Recipe for Catholicism

Being Christian is tough at times. Being Catholic? Even harder most times! Sometimes, as Catholics, it can be difficult to explain ourRead more »

The Importance of a Faith-Filled Life: A Book Review

When I was a teenager, the Roma Downey series, Touched by An Angel, was all the rage. Millions, my family included, would tune inRead more »

Working Toward Sainthood: 5 Steps to Enhancing Your Catholic Christian Marriage

Like many military couples, my husband and I were first married by the local Justice of the Peace. We already had our “churchRead more »