Community and Relationships

God’s word is full of inspiration that can guide you on the path to developing deeper and more meaningful relationships wiht your husband children, and friends. All of which helps you build your community on a foundation of God’s love.

Restoring Brokenness

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

As our hearts reel from an acute awareness of the sin in our beloved Church, the call for each one of us to become a saint rings loud and true. I don’t know about you, but when I think of...

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The Beauty of Longing

Maria Koshute, writer at The Young Catholic Woman

The Walking with Purpose Blogging Team is excited to mix things up this week! We introduce to you the fabulous Maria Koshute, a blogger we discovered over at The Young Catholic Woman (TYCW). We immediately fell in love with her...

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Beloved in the Wilderness

Angelina DeVincenzo

I know that some of you may be tired of talking about all of this, but I for one need to sit in this pain a little bit longer. Feel free to join me. I read in a recent Fox...

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Kick-Start Real Change

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Are you tired of your list of good intentions that never translate to action? How many times have you made a resolution (and really meant it) only to fail within a few short weeks? We’ve all been there. It isn’t...

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Brokenhearted over Abuse Scandal

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

My heart has been so heavy. What started as a normal day was sideswiped by news that was not new, but nevertheless dredged up feelings of deep sadness. When the latest New York Times article broke chronicling sexual abuse in...

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What is BLAZE?

Angelina DeVincenzo

At the end of my first year of BLAZE, I turned to my darling group of middle school girls and asked them what they had learned. One girl responded and said, “In BLAZE I learned that God loves us no...

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Introducing Blaze!

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

In her book Yes Please, author Amy Poehler wrote something that really stuck with me. She said that early on, she determined that her currency was not going to be her looks- it would be her sense of humor. What...

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Continuing the Fight for our Freedom

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

I am heading to the White House to celebrate the 4th of July. For real. Our son, Jonny, is performing there and is bringing me along—my flight and hotel included in the deal. A confession—when we first got the news...

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The Gift of Sisterhood, the Blessing in your Brokenness, and the chicken bone in my car.

Laura Phelps

Five years ago I had breakfast with a fallen away Catholic, a lukewarm Catholic, and an evangelical Protestant.  (Sounds like the beginning of a joke, doesn’t it?) I was the cradle Catholic who had just met Jesus Christ personally, and...

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The Good News of Relationship, and the Sad News of Our Missing It

Angelina DeVincenzo

Young people are leaving the church in droves. According to a 2014 Pew Research Center study, “Between 2007 and 2014, the Christian share [of the U.S. population] fell from 78.4% to 70.6%, driven mainly by declines among mainline Protestants and...

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Express Gratitude Because It’s Good to Be Alive

Lisa Brenninkmeyer

Isn’t it strange that we need to be reminded to be grateful– we who live in the most privileged of circumstances? Most of us are wealthy by the world’s standards. Do you make $35,000 a year? Then you are in...

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Humbled By Small Acts of Kindness After Irma

Hello, my friend. Full disclosure here– I can’t call myself a “hurricane survivor” because my little tribe and I escaped to the great north instead of remaining in Florida during Hurricane Irma. But my beloved town, St. Augustine, most definitely...

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Declare with Me: My Child is Worthy and Beautiful and a Beloved Child of God

Today is the second day of school. We crushed day one. Knocked it out of the ball park. I only forgot to make one lunch. Only one kid forgot her water bottle. I only had to make one school run...

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Quit Hustling and Find the True Source of Peace (Part 2)

Dear friend, Are you feeling the hassle of the hustle while you long for a little rest? Even though it’s summertime, do you still feel busyness and pressure? I get it, and blogged about something we can do to QUIT...

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Fasting From Your Own Point of View This Lent

“For he is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh.” Ephesians 2:14 God has answered a prayer I have been pestering Him about for the past three years. At...

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Radical Obedience

“Why then did you not obey the voice of the Lord?” 1 Samuel 15:19 If we can’t wait to tell our girlfriends about our new favorite Netflix series, you can be sure that when we taste the difference that Jesus...

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Waiting for a Miracle: The Spiritual Battle

To the mamas out there in the trenches… To those who are spending this Advent waiting for a miracle… This is for you. We all dread the phone call that comes unexpectedly and causes life to feel like one big...

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Why to Lean into Relationships When You Want to Pull Back

“There are those that speak a stabbing sword, but the tongue of the wise heals.” Proverbs 12:18 There’s a space between words being spoken by one mouth, and those same words being received by another heart. En-route, those words often...

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Fully Alive in God

What profound truth is found in St. Irenaeus’ words: “The glory of God is man fully alive.” This statement is pregnant with hope. Isn’t it incredible to think that as we come fully alive, it gives God glory? He so...

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Where Has Graciousness Gone? Practicing Self-Control

“In your anger, do not sin.” Ephesians 4:26 Scrolling through Facebook and other social media sites, it is clear that we are increasingly feeling free to express our rage, disgust and disappointment however we choose. Regardless of the issue and...

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Give Comfort to His People

“Mercy is the force that reawakens us to new life and instills in us the courage to look to the future with hope.” –Pope Francis The Year of Mercy has begun, and oh, how we need it. As we journey...

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A Call for Revival in the Catholic Church

As we walk into a new year, I pray that you feel as free as a fresh, unmarked calendar page. I pray that your relationships are healthy, authentic and satisfying. I pray that your connection to God is strong and...

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Create Communities That Extend a Hand

Can I just say what a relief it is to be sending my kids back to school for their second year instead of their first in a new town? The feeling of walking into a group where everyone knows each...

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Calling Out Destiny: Recognizing our Children’s Gifts and Talents

Something pretty remarkable is going on around dinner tables, in car trips to soccer practices, and beside little one’s beds. A generation of children is being raised to make their mark on the world—to make a difference in their place...

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How to Find Freedom from Being a People Pleaser

Pretty much all of my life I have wanted other people’s approval to a degree that hasn’t always led to the best decisions. Wearing acid-washed jeans and curling my bangs sky high in high school come to mind as examples....

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You Can Trust that God’s Grace is Sufficient

It’s a rare privilege to see heroic openness to God’s will up close. I received that blessing in the month of May. What I witnessed has made a deep mark on my heart and I haven’t known how to describe...

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Are They Seeing the Face of God in You?

“For I have seen your face, which is like seeing the face of God.” Genesis 33:10 While the digital age connects us like never before, there is no substitute for face-to-face interaction. No email or Facebook message can ever compete...

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Why We Need Jesus

Dear friends, In my writing and speaking, I often quote other authors in order to more succinctly illustrate a point I am making. After receiving feedback from the July Positively Purposeful message, I feel it’s important to say that the...

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Remain Steadfast

As I stood in the checkout line at the grocery store today, I noticed the woman behind me showing her daughter the delicious deli-prepared meals in their cart. I looked back at my two bulging shopping carts and thought ahead...

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