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From Atheist Profession to Catholic: An Interview with Dr Holly Ordway

Last edited 14th April 2016

By Brandon Vogt (WordOnFire.org)

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A Spiritual Formation Plan for Every Student

Last edited 13th April 2016

To spiritually form our students without resorting to guilt or shame requires a move away from behavior modification. Behavior shouldn’t be the benchmark for faith. A potential liability of behavior modification is that our students are spiritual babies. For example, when our students aren’t sleeping around and we hold up abstinence as Christian value, we give them a false sense of maturity.

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Pope’s Urbi et Orbi Blessing

Last edited 28th March 2016

With the weapons of love, God has defeated selfishness and death.

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“Behold the Lamb of God” Easter Wallpaper

Last edited 28th March 2016

“Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29.

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The REAL Pathway To More Success: Failure

Last edited 15th March 2016

When asked how it felt to fail so many times while building the light bulb, Thomas Edison said, “I didn’t fail 1000 times. The light bulb was an invention with 1000 steps.” For many of us, our lives can also feel like long, tough processes with lots of steps- many of which end in failure.

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This is How to Talk to Your Friend Who is Gay

Last edited 13th March 2016

I remember thinking, “I wish I could lean on my Catholic brothers the way straight guys do… just be open about my struggles, sexual failings, and what I’m feeling.” I was so worried that I could not find a catholic guy to be vulnerable with out of fear of being rejected. After contemplating all this, (for about 20 minutes) I finally told him. And you know what he said to me? He said, “Nothing you can do will change the fact that you’re my friend, you’re my brother. And God loves you as His son no matter what the situation is.”

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Is This What You Call a Fast?

Last edited 10th March 2016

I really like lent. I love this yearly opportunity to scale back and turn towards God. I love a good excuse to start better habits again and draw closer to God in prayer. However, this year it isn’t feeling quite right.

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7 Reasons You Can’t Figure Out What Vocation You’re Called To

Last edited 9th March 2016

One of the great joys of being a teacher is watching my students' growing awareness of who or what they want to become. When they finally voice that decision for 'engineer', 'designer', 'university student', 'apprentice', I very often see a mix of composure, elation, eagerness and resolve in their faces and I know that, to some degree, my job is done. They are ready to move on.

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Seven Tips For Discussing Catholic Issues On Social Media

Last edited 1st March 2016

1. No need to defend the indefensible

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Fast, Give, Pray… Repeat: A Wallpaper for Lent

Last edited 22nd February 2016

Lent is one of my favorite liturgical seasons. I used to think that Lent was just a really sad time where we have to say “no” to everything. It was just a time of sacrifice for the sake of sacrifice. I’ve come to realize that it’s a lot more than that. It’s an opportunity to say “yes,” or “fiat” as our Blessed Mother puts it, to the will of God and the love of Christ. So every year, I remind myself that when we fast, give, and pray, it’s not about just me saying “no” to the world, but “yes” to Christ.

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