What I Read: April 2019

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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What Obsesses You?

“Until desire becomes obsession, you will never accomplish big things.” I don’t remember where I first came across this saying (it was probably Pinterest), but I’ve had it written down and pinned to the bulletin board over my desk for a few years now, and it continues to resonate. I’ve desired a lot of things over the years: to lose weight, to be more athletic, to bring in more money, to date more, to keep my bedroom clean for more…

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Praying Before Meals

“Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts which we are about to receive, from thy bounty, through Christ Our Lord. Amen.” When I first joined the Catholic Church almost seven years ago, one of the biggest things that I had to get used to was formalized prayer. After all, I was coming from twenty-five years of not practicing organized religion in my life at all, and many of the forms and rituals of the Church were very foreign concepts…

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Thoughts on Spring Fashion and Body Image

It seems that spring might finally be here to stay in the Carolinas, despite a few little cold snaps. My yard has been in bloom for a few weeks now, the trees are finally starting to leaf out, and when I had my windows open the other day there was actually a warm breeze blowing through. I realize that, living in the south, I don’t have a lot of room to complain about the winter. However, it certainly feels good…

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What I read: March 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Breaking up with Social Media

I recently decided to break up with social media. Okay, so it was really just Facebook that I broke up with (for now). I’ve been wanting to delete my Facebook account for years, and I’ve taken the occasional hiatus from it here and there, but I always managed to convince myself that I still needed to keep it for one reason or another. For example, there are a lot of people that I have only stayed in contact with over…

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Lent and a Philosophy of Food

This year for Lent, I decided to focus on my relationship with food. At first glance, this might seem a little superficial and unrelated to anything spiritual. But the truth is, in our increasingly secular society, food has become somewhat of a religion unto itself; a little idol that we set up and worship and sacrifice to. It can feed into the sins not only of gluttony, but also pride and vanity and a host of other “little” sins. And…

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