Archive | November, 2018

Thanksgiving, Holy Day, hospitality, emily stimpson chapman, the Catholic table

Called to Communion: Why We Celebrate Holy Days

Cooking for any holiday is work. Just ask any host who prepares Christmas dinner. All good feasts worth their salt require hours, if not days, in the kitchen peeling, chopping, stirring, roasting. They also require weeks of planning, shopping, cleaning, setting the table, and decking the halls. If that’s true today (and trust me, it

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How to Be the Spiritual Head and Heart of Your Family

Statistical and anecdotal evidence demonstrates that parents are the number one influence on the faith lives of young people. More specifically, study after study finds that the role of the father in particular is critical in handing on an active spiritual life to his children. Without a strong spiritual head to guide them, children can

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Ephesians 5, wives be subject to your husbands, Church teaching on marriage

The Complimentarity of Husband and Wife

Why is it so difficult for men and women to embrace the Church’s teaching on marital love? Our society often rejects these teachings as old fashioned and out of date. Others are frightened by the vulnerability they call for. In these days, after all, can we trust God and our spouse enough truly to love

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The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church, feminine authority, the New Eve,

What Is ‘Feminine Authority’?

Christ executed His first miracle because someone requested it. But this someone is not just anyone—it is His mother. It is precisely because Mary is Christ’s mother, the source of His presence in the world, that she has the authority to request a miracle that would lead her Son to His Passion.

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The History of Christian Feasting

If you’re searching the Church calendar for the greatest feasts and greatest fasts, you’ll usually find them cozied up next to each other, with the fasts preparing us for the feasts to come, and the feasts helping us better understand the fasts just passed (see CCC 2043). In the balance, though, Christians who plan their

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Advice for Women Discerning Religious Life

The best way to discern whether you are called to religious life is to prepare for religious life. In the same way that an athlete prepares for a competition, or a student for university study, you can begin readying yourself now for religious life.

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What to Know About Marriage Vows

In their wedding vows, a man and woman make a gift of themselves to each other. They promise fidelity and the whole of who they are as persons. This mutual gift then becomes the basis of the whole of their life together—their communion of love. This gift is remembered and expressed in a unique way

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Encouragement in Our Vocation from Matthew, the Tax Collector

The account of the Jesus’ calling of Matthew never ceases to encourage me deeply in my own vocation. Our Lord, by choosing and calling him, showed to this sinful tax collector great mercy—this truly “kind” demonstration of love is the motto, in fact, of our Holy Father, Pope Francis: miserando atque eligeno (1 Cor 13:4).

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