2017-11_LT-DontSettle

Don’t Ever Settle

It’s true that our plans do not always match God’s plans, but I can guarantee you one thing: He will never ask you to dream of less; He will only ever ask you to dream of more.

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2017-11_LT-Religion

Relationship and Religion: why Both are Necessary

Nowadays, it’s common for people to identify as spiritual rather than religious, which makes it tempting to think of the Church as an outdated way of relating to God. Or maybe even to think of her as a barrier between God and us. If I know Jesus and have a personal relationship with Him, then why have the Church at all?

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2017-09_LT-FeminineHeart

How God Loves my Feminine Heart

As a kid, I thought, “How can both men and women be in the image of God? We don’t look the same!” Part of me started to worry that only men truly had that privilege and that I, being a girl, would never find my place in God’s plan or in the Church.

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2017-08_LT-PrayingForHumility

What it’s Really Like to Pray for Humility

I cannot sanctify myself, and, thankfully, that’s not my job. My job is to love my Savior, to ask patiently and persistently for the grace of humility, and to trust that everything—including my sanctification—is in His hands.

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2017-07_LT-SelfPunishment

Healed in His Wounds: Freedom From Becoming Your own Savior

I knew that through Reconciliation my sins had been absolved, but I still didn’t feel like I had adequately “paid” for them.

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2017-07_LT-OfferItUp

Offer it up: Letting God Redeem Your Pain

As Catholics, we believe that Christ invites us to unite our suffering with His Passion and that, when we do this, our suffering takes on redemptive power.

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2017-06_LT-FeelingGod

Why Praying Matters Even When You Can’t Feel God

I doubted that God loved me because I didn’t feel anything in prayer, so my prayer became little more than seeking out the right emotions. But getting the right feelings wasn’t what I needed.

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2017-02_LT-HonestPrayers

God Wants to Hear Your Most Honest Prayers

Internally, I yelled at God that I felt like He was ignoring me. Couldn’t He see how hard I tried? So why was prayer so difficult? Why wasn’t He acknowledging me? Did He even care?

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2017-01_lt-littleflower

What it Means to be a Little Flower in God’s Garden

But she realized that it was her littleness and child-like faith that made her precious to God, and so it was precious to her, too.

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2016-11_lt-hopeadvent

Hope Doesn’t Always “Feel Good”

My mind reeled uncontrollably, worrying that I’d forgotten important to-dos, obsessing over interactions from the day, spinning with everything that could go wrong between now and the morning.

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