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Five Tips for a Long, Strong Marriage

On February 28, I will have been married for 18 years to a man who can still make my heart flutter when I look at him. (Except when heRead more »

Messy Lent

With Ash Wednesday coming up in just two days, I spent this weekend panicking and making lists. Lists of what to memorize, what toRead more »

Seven Quick Takes for January 2016 borrowed from 2015

January is here and with it, of course, comes a new year. So I thought it would be fun to do a quick review of some of CatholicRead more »

Linking Confession and Purgatory [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this two part series entitled Linking Confession and Purgatory, I explained the nature of the soul, one’sRead more »

Advent: A Time of Repentance, Penance, and Renewal

Advent is a time of preparation- preparing our hearts, minds, and souls for the Christ-child who will one day offer each of us salvationRead more »

Linking Confession and Purgatory [Part 1]

For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has preached the necessity of Confession and of the existence of Purgatory. I have noticed that whenRead more »

Your Number One Job as a Wife (It’s Not What You Think)

This past February, my husband and I started planning the family trip to Las Vegas that will commemorate our 20-year wedding anniversary inRead more »

“My hope and advice for married couples: Become great monks.”

A newly ordained Carmelite Monk of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Wyoming (commonly known as the Mystic Monks) offersRead more »

A Call to Order: Strategies for a Fruitful Fall

I can count the number of pool days left on one hand. Already, I notice the dimming light of endless days of summer. If you are sendingRead more »

You Did it to Me: Forgive All Injuries

Welcome to the series “YOU DID IT TO ME” where we will be discussing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This will be a twice aRead more »

No, Son, You CAN’T Be Whatever You Want

One thing most loving parents say to their kids at one time or another is, “Honey, you can be anything you want to be when you grow up!”Read more »

The Happy Catholic: A Summer Resource Guide

We are living in some crazy times. The headlines can be very discouraging to the devout. Suddenly, it seems we are living in a parallelRead more »

A Chaste Woman’s Hero: Jane Eyre

** spoiler alert ** If you haven’t read it and think you might, don’t read this review! This truly great book is filled withRead more »

An Everyday Special

My husband and I have been married for seventeen years. I still remember my young self the day before our first anniversary telling myRead more »

Five secrets to a strong marriage

Recently, I had the privilege to interview Gil and Sandra Cragen, honored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter as the longest-married coupleRead more »