Love Pt. 3: Sexuality and Morals

By Andrea Quinn

Have you ever been wounded by the Catholic Church? Have you ever been disgusted by the seeming hypocrisy of so many Christians? Have you ever been angry at God?

This topic was very intentionally selected to be the last addressed in this series. I think the Church, or at least many of its members, are unfortunately often guilty of proclaiming all the moral teachings before we’ve built a firm foundation of love. It’s very difficult to accept the ‘what’ without first understanding the ‘why’. And sometimes even the ‘why’ doesn’t seem satisfactory.

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Love Pt. 2: Human Life and the Theology of the Body

By Andrea Quinn

You are very good. No matter what your life experience has been, where you come from, what you've done or what has been done to you, what your disabilities are, what you believe, who you support, or who you love - you are very, very good.

As I mentioned last week, God is a union of Persons - Father, Son and Spirit. He desires to bring us into this unity, into Himself, but He also desires that we may be unified with one another, in communion as one Body.

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Love Pt. 1: Eros and Ecstasy

By Andrea Quinn

You were created for bliss and ecstasy. Read that one more time. Has anyone ever told you that? It's true - bliss and ecstasy. Have you ever experienced something so beautiful that it actually hurt? In these moments - a sunrise over the ocean, stars filling the nightsky, the crescendo of an orchestra, a moment of intimacy with a loved one - our hearts ache with longing. We never want the experience to end.

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Scandal and Spiritual Works

We are in a very trying time in the Church. Potentially, this is a time to purge and purify. Certainly, it is a time to pray and fast.  The current abuse scandal and subsequent allegations of cover-up ascending to the highest level of the Church has left most Catholics in a state of anger and confusion.  What shall we do?

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Arguments and Reconciling

Two of the most intertwined aspects of a married couple’s life together are their spirituality and their marriage. Two aspects that affect a marriage crucially are arguments and the sacraments. Arguing and the Sacraments are what have been on my heart to write about. Specifically, the sacrament of Reconciliation is what has been gnawing away at me lately, and I’d like to share a recent experience of this sacrament.

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On Faith

Catholicism has a language of its own.  As I began to find some community within the life of the Church, I started to hear many new words and phrases tossed around (“offer it up”, “blessings”, “sacramental graces”, “wrapped in Mary’s mantle”, etc.). Learning this language has been a slow process over the last 5 years of my conversion and, initially hesitant to adopt these words/phrases into my own vocabulary, I’ve continued to reflect on the true meanings of these words and phrases. “Growing in faith” is one such phrase.

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The Catholic Snowden? Archbishop Viganò

By: Brian Limas

”We now have an Archbishop who courageously took a last stand against the devil within the Church. In result, he is now forever on the run, in fear for his life, and at best we have a divided response from our leadership? Now is the time, more than ever, that we must stand united behind our true shepherds that will not settle for anything less than the truth that Christ has left for us in the beauty of his Church. This is a call in solidarity that the true Church will rise and the false will fall.”

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From Enmity to Peace

esterday’s second reading in the Office of Readings (from St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Christian Perfection) highlights Christ as our peace, the one who put enmity to death.   The Oxford Dictionary defines enmity as "a state or feeling of active opposition or hostility."  St. Gregory discusses enmity socially and within a person. Enmity and division can also manifest within a family.

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The Fathers on Indissolubility

By: Jake Scott

The indissolubility of marriage has been around for over two thousand years. Just because the going gets tough doesn’t mean you can just leave the bond you’ve made with your spouse and God. Marriage is absolutely beautiful and amazing. The Father’s believed this, and everyone through human history has believed this. People still believe marriage is beautiful and amazing, the respect and honor is where people lose interest.

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The Circle of Family

By Andrea Quinn

For the first half of 2016, I had the opportunity and privilege to work and serve as an architecture intern with Engineering Ministries International in their Uganda office. It was the EMI Uganda community, more than anyone else up to that point in my life, who showed me what it looks like to stretch my concept of family. They also provided evidence that the family is the most fundamental building block of a community and further, a society…

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An Incredible Emphasis on Family

There was once a time where inappropriate shows were saved for night time- after little eyes were closed and fast asleep. Now it seems that nothing and no time is appropriate television for the entire family.  Many movies need to be censored and the lines of PG and PG-13 are getting blurrier by the day. Alongside this, we are in a time of political unrest and transition towards more liberal agenda: mainly, questions of gender and equality seem to steep into everything, especially media.  Some blogs ago, I wrote about Netflix and how we need to guard ourselves and be careful of what we watch and what media we consume. At the time, I felt a little near-despair at the media choices available. But then I went to see Incredibles 2 and I got pretty inspired…

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Becoming: Beauty in Every Woman and in Every Man

Mary is our hope personified. She is captivating, full of grace. She is obedient, humbled to God’s will. She bears fruit, which is every woman’s desire--be it physical or spiritual fruit. She is joyful with a desire to do God’s will.

She is, as Fulton Sheen wrote, ‘what God wanted us all to be.’

We are in a constant state of becoming like Joseph and Mary—albeit in various ways—when we are open to God.

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Engagement: The Journey

It’s that time of year again.  Birds are singing, flowers are growing, sun is shining (and kicking butt, if you’re in the south) and there are a new group of engaged couples. All those who got engaged last spring have gotten married or they are almost there.  But soon the excitement of the new engagement will wear off and then the temptations will start…

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Family, What is Holding You Back?

By: Jake Scott

The point of the previous blog, 'Family, DON'T Become What You Are' was to inform Catholics that people (even those in the hierarchy) are telling the family to not be what the family is defined as; to deny what God created a family to be. The point of this blog is to light a fire under the family and the individuals therein, and to put on the armor of God to renounce self to get to heaven no matter what. “The only real sadness, the only real failure, the only great tragedy in life, is not to become a saint.” - Leon Bloy 

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Marriage: Sacramental Beauty

By: Andrea Quinn

When a couple loves each other in such a deep and pure way, their love, in a way, becomes inclusive instead of exclusive. We are drawn to them. The love they give and receive from each other spills over in love for others and in its greatest intesity, brings forth new life.

 

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Finding Glory in the 9 to 5

By: Jessica Beyer

Are you bored with your job? Are you daunted by future decades in the office or following a company standard? Do you feel called to religious vocation, yet don’t understand how it fits in the modern world? Are you made for more than the life you know?

Every one of us hears an echo of these questions in our hearts, especially when it comes to how we spend eight, ten, or twelve hours a day.

So how do we live this call for ‘more’? It all comes down to the meaning of ‘work.’

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