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Learning to Trust like Mary: A reflection on the Feast of the Annunciation

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Every year on March 25th, the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, the mystery wherein God takes on flesh and comes to dwell in the womb of Mary. This mystery has always had a special place in Catholic devotion and piety. For one, we remember Jesus’ incarnation, the truth that God put on flesh and became man in Jesus Christ. In addition to this life-altering event, we honor Mary’s role in this whole drama we call Salvation History. That despite her confusion and the plans she may have had for her life, Mary gave her fiat, her total and complete yes, to her role in God’s plan of salvation. 

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The Pro-Choice Positions Make No Sense

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For the last couple of decades, I have noticed a shift in the paradigm of the pro-choice argument.
What the left would characterize as progress in rationale and intellect, the right would more accurately characterize as simply throwing the argument of the decade against the wall and hoping it sticks.
That is, until science and basic logic discredit it and the next argument becomes mainstream. 

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A Love Story

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When an engaged couple comes to us for marriage prep classes, one of the first things we do is ask them to do is to tell us their love story:
   How did you meet?
   What attracted you to one another?

We also ask them what motivates them:
   What is most important to you?
   Why do you want a Catholic wedding?

These questions might seem easy at first glance, but I think all Catholic couples could benefit from answering them. Let’s examine each one.

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Love becomes a triumph

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Below is the incredibly touching testimonial of a young French lady who, with her fiancé, chose abstinence until their wedding.

It didn't come naturally to her, though. After high-school, she had fallen into prostitution to make ends meet. She had been raped several times and was living with her boyfriend, soon to be fiancé.
She now writes to her priest:

 

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Is there a life after life?

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Great question, right?
You can google this question or google Near Death Experiences and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of stories of people who have seen that there is something waiting for us beyond death.

Here are two examples of stories that touched me personally.

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From Marriage Preparation to Postpartum Bewilderment: A New Book

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My years as a Catholicmarriageprep.com instructor and blogger immersed me in the world of Theology of the Body and the beauty of the Sacrament of Matrimony. Beginning the course with Creation and the Fall of Man, I knew that God created us good, and that without sin, nakedness wasn’t shameful because the body revealed the soul. Adam and Eve saw each other as God saw them, and therefore were able to make a gift of themselves to one another in love.

Then came sin, and as is taught in marriage prep: “They severed themselves from God’s gaze of love and couldn’t see God’s image in each other, as before. Their bodies were not transparent windows to their souls, but more of an obstacle hiding the soul…”

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Advent and Christmas Traditions from Our Family to Yours

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Tis the season we all come together around a beautifully lit tree to pray before a nativity scene. Some of us even have a family Advent wreath, sing Christmas carols and more. But it is our unique family traditions that truly imprint the magic and beauty of the sesaon on our hearts. Our instructors share some of their treasures: live nativities, ornament exchanges, old fashiioned pictures, Jesus'stocking, Christmas book a day, and more. All of these make their Christmas season a time apart from time, a moment that will remain with them forever. They invite you to start your own traditions too!

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