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Vocation is Your Gift

I think Jackie and I both have been struggling to find time to be creative.  Songwriting and crafting blogs all too easily take a backseat to binge sessions on Netflix, especially when we are tired after a day of chasing a toddler and keeping her fingers out of the electric sockets. I’ve been wanting to write more particularly about discernment and…

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Prayers for Baby #2

Jackie wrote an article recently on The Joy of Life and how, even in the midst of great suffering, we always have cause for hope and joy.  It was printed on St. John Paul II’s feast day, the saint we greatly credit for bringing us together.   A great cause for current joy is that we are pregnant with Baby…


Ascension Presents: Marriage & Family

“Today, there are those who say that marriage is out of fashion… They say that it is not worth making a life-long commitment, making a definitive decision, ‘for ever’, because we do not know what tomorrow will bring. I ask you, instead, to be revolutionaries, I ask you to swim against the tide; yes, I am asking you to rebel…

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My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale by Jackie Angel Also titled, “How you can marry the man of your dreams and still want to punch him in the face sometimes” A few years ago, as a single woman, I sat across from a young engaged couple at a Theology of the Body retreat during lunchtime. Curious about their “love…


Why Men Bear Responsibility for Abortion

Women don’t spontaneously get pregnant. As a guy, I don’t know much, but I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works. Nor does any woman, I believe, naturally desire the death sentence for any child conceived within her womb. No woman walks into an abortion clinic because of her choice, but rather because of a perceived lack of choice. She…

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Love & Responsibility Talk in NYC

We gave a talk in New York City earlier this summer for young adults.  The topic was “Love & Responsibility,” with a focus on dating and all those questions we love/hate to ask.  It was a lot of fun.  The talk was filmed and was recently posted, along with the brief Q&A we did at the end of the night.…

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Baby Worship

Babies are useless.   Yes, I mean this. Babies are also “the worst roommates,” as the comedian Jim Gaffigan puts it: “They’re unemployed. They don’t pay rent. They keep insane hours. Their hygiene is horrible. If you had a roommate that did any of the things babies do, you’d ask them to move out.”   A baby has no use. But…


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