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A New Doctor of the Church

Pope Francis declared Saint Gregory of Narek a Doctor of the Church this morning. From Vatican Radio: St. Gregory of Narek is widely revered as one of the greatest figures of medieval Armenian religious thought and literature. Born in the city of Narek in about 950 A.D., St. Gregory came from a line of scholars and… Continue reading A New Doctor of the Church

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The Banal Evil of the Broken Love Story

Imagine my great surprise when, a few years ago, I was told that my marriage was an anomaly. I don't remember much of the exact wording, but I think the phrases "not normal" and "freakishly harmonious" sum it up well. I was frankly dumbfounded that the love my husband and I have for each other… Continue reading The Banal Evil of the Broken Love Story

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Teaching the Concept of Eternity to the Twitter Generation

My catechism lesson for this coming Sunday is an introduction to the Person of the Holy Spirit. This necessarily includes a discussion of the Blessed Trinity and how each Person relates within the whole. Which means big, clunky words. Begetting. Begotten. Procession. Spiration. My students are eleven and twelve, and I'm fairly certain that the… Continue reading Teaching the Concept of Eternity to the Twitter Generation

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Parents Need to Start Looking at Kids Like Environmentalists Look at the Environment

Admittedly I am not a hardcore environmentalist. I recycle. I am mindful of what products have harmful chemicals in them and  things like that, but not because I'm passionate about environmental conservation. I know that man-made detritus harms and kills ocean animals, but when I see styrofoam cups on the beach I don't automatically imagine… Continue reading Parents Need to Start Looking at Kids Like Environmentalists Look at the Environment