5 Things That Give Me Hope

07/28/2015 Comments (2)

Pierre Puvin de Chavannes (1824-1898), "L'Espérance"

The world is often a depressing place, as anyone living in it well knows.

Thank God for hope, which is...

1) Related to the joy of faith. 

What else increases my hope?

2) Hopeful reminders to put things into perspective, like a recent tweet from @Pontifex“When everything falls apart, only one thing sustains our hope: God loves us; he loves everyone!” Also, daily doses of hope @VerilyMag, like this

3) Holy people, like St. Thérèse’s parents, who show us how to live holiness within family life, and St. John Paul II — whose advice on being light and love in the world is increasingly timely: “Darkness can only be scattered by light. Hatred can only be conquered by love.” And his...READ MORE

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A Catholic Single's Guide to Hope

08/20/2012 Comments (7)

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“Know your own happiness. Want for nothing but patience. Or give it a more fascinating name: Call it hope.”
― Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility

My English-major self loves all things Jane Austen, as I’ve noted on this blog before.

I was just reminded of this quote recently, and I think its theme is key to faith as much as it is to dating.

You need to be happy with yourself and your life before you can be happy sharing your life with someone else. That’s what Jane Austen illustrates in her novels. The heroines discern the heroes’ characters so they know their marriages are based on love and virtue. That’s the point of a new interview (at National Review Online) with Elizabeth...READ MORE

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Why We Need Joy

04/18/2012 Comments (5)
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"Live joyfully!" St. Francis de Sales advises.

In a world so badly in need of joy, we Christians need to live joyfully and share joy with the world.

After all, “Joy is the echo of God’s life in us.” So said Blessed Columba Marmion.

That’s what Easter is all about.

Pope Benedict calls on us to have joy in the Resurrection this Easter season because Christ enters our lives, “bringing joy and peace, life and hope, gifts we need for our human and spiritual rebirth.”

Benedict also encouraged youth to be joyful missionaries for the New Evangelization earlier this month in his address for World Youth Day 2012: “Be enthusiastic witnesses of the New Evangelization! Go to those who are...READ MORE

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A Catholic Girl's Guide to Valentine's Day

02/14/2012 Comments (2)

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Valentine’s Day is here. Which makes me think of candy and flowers and love.

Jane Austen has great things to say, as I’ve duly noted via each novel as well as overall themes.

God has a lot to say too: God is love.

And my favorite love song is based on 1 Corinthians 13. image

Feeling down today? Read what fellow Register staffer Robyn Lee wrote.

I pray today for God’s plan for my life, love-wise and otherwise. And I will listen to some Brandon Heath [see aforementioned song link above]. :)


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A Catholic Girl's Guide to Pop-Culture Christianity

01/24/2012 Comments (10)

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Pop culture revolves around an ever-changing mix of headlines. I am happy to see that many deal with Christianity lately.

“Tebowing” is part of the American lexicon now due to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow’s Christian faith on and off the field.

I think it’s great how Tebow is glorifying God in all things, standing up for faith, life and purity.

So does another quarterback: Philip Rivers, who just happens to be Catholic (yay!).

The San Diego Chargers quarterback lives his Catholic faith well. (Our article has links to his Catholic Answers’ videos and appearance on Life on the Rock.)

Then there’s actor Mark Wahlberg’s commitment to his faith of late (he carries a prayer book...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop dolan, catholicism, christianity, jane austen, march for life, mark walhberg, philip rivers, pop culture, pope benedict xvi, st. francis de sales

Love Came Down

12/25/2011 Comment

“God made himself small so that we could understand him, welcome him and love him.”

So said Pope Benedict at Midnight Mass for Christmas 2006.

That sums up Christmas so well.

This quote perfectly fits this Christmas card picture:


Happy birthday, Jesus!

Wishing you a blessed and merry Christmas!

Filed under christ, christmas, love, pope benedict xvi

A Catholic Girl's Guide to Jane Austen

6 Reasons She's My Favorite Author

12/16/2011 Comments (15)

– Wikipedia

I am a Jane Austen fan.

I have read her novels multiple times and enjoy watching the movie adaptations.

So I am celebrating the beloved author on her 236th birthday today, Dec. 16, and the 200th-year anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility.

I applaud that her books reflect concepts of true love and virtue and faith.

Her writing has stood the test of time for good reason.

For me, these are six reasons to read Austen’s novels:

1. Pride and Prejudice‘s Lesson: People can change. And love prompts good actions.
2. Sense and Sensibility‘s Lesson: A balance of sense and sensibility is needed in love and life.
3. Persuasion‘s Lesson: True love waits; love never fails (see...READ MORE

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Love Is Coming

But First We Celebrate Advent

12/01/2011 Comments (1)

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As a child I looked forward to the appearance of my family’s Advent calendar on Dec. 1.

Each day my sister and I would take turns taking the plush Velcro items out of their pockets and affixing them to the appropriate spots in the countdown to Christmas. Teddy bears, presents and candles etc. all took turns.

The closer we got to Christmas, the more filled the family keepsake became — a tangible reminder that Jesus’ birthday was getting closer.

I still have the Advent calendar; it is still a key part of my preparations. It is a part of many Christians’ preparations (I even saw make-your-own Advent calendar ideas in a recent issue of Martha Stewart Living) for a reason.

The Register is...READ MORE

Filed under advent, advent calendars, christmas, countdown to christmas, jesus' birthday, waiting for christmas

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Amy Smith is the Register's associate editor. She started writing for the Register in 2005 and joined the staff as copy editor in 2008. Her writing has appeared in various other Catholic publications, including Faith & Family, St. Anthony Messenger and Columbia magazines. She has a master’s degree in journalism and a B.A. in English.