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Rebecca is and always has been a resident of suburban New York. She is looking forward to finishing up her final semester at Fordham University this fall, and receiving her degree in English. She currently works as a summer intern at Busted Halo, and hopes to one day get a job as an editor.
November 18th, 2014

November is the month of remembrance. We try to reflect on those things that we are blessed with. We give thanks for our family, our friends, our health and home, and everything else that is meaningful to us. On Veterans Day, we remember our troops — those people who risked and are currently risking their lives to keep us safe.
Earlier this month, I had the privilege of attending the celebration of an important November anniversary — the Marine Corps’ 239th birthday on November 10. During the celebrations, there are certain formalities that are observed: a special cake-cutting ceremony and the reading of Marine Corps Order 47, which called for the formal commemoration of the day in 1921. Other than…

September 4th, 2014

If you’re reading this, chances are you or someone you know is a lot like how I used to be. When I was in high school, I was a master procrastinator. Some people talk about how they barely finished their assignment the night before … Well, my homework was always saved till the day it was due — usually either at 4 a.m., or, more often than not, the period before it was to be handed in. However, once you get to college, you will quickly realize, like I did, that this “skill” is actually a very bad habit. After years of practice and usage, it can be quite difficult to rid yourself of the procrastination bug, but I did it, and so can you. (Trust me on this.)

Cure your case of senioritis
If you’re just entering college…

August 6th, 2014
Where to go for a relaxing, spiritual vacation

Whether you’re on a mad dash to plan a vacation before summer ends or you need an escape from the stress of your daily life, we have some places to go where you can recharge physically, mentally and spiritually. We’ve picked out our top 10 Catholic sites to visit (nine in the United States and one in Canada). Add the one closest to your vacation destination into your itinerary, or, if you live nearby, just plan a day trip, or a long weekend. These places offer breathtaking art and architecture, and inspirational histories, along with their obvious holiness. They are great places to bring the family or to take a solo pilgrimage.
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Shrine of Saint Therese (Juneau, Alaska)
In these modern times, when our lives are…

July 29th, 2014

The summer before last, I took a trip — a pilgrimage, if you will — to a little town in New Mexico called Las Cruces. Though the raison d’être of the journey was purely medical (and that was not at all exciting for me), I was excited to finally be going to a place that wasn’t on the East Coast. So, when I boarded the plane, my mental plans firmly included not letting the doctor’s office completely encompass my time and thoughts.
I succeeded in that respect. I spent plenty of time in restaurants, tasting the local cuisine, and outdoors, enjoying the radically different desert climate and the bizarre (since I’m used to the deciduous and coniferous types) flora and fauna. On various hikes, including…

June 6th, 2014
A new, inspiring documentary follows the journey of six pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago

I’ve always wanted to go to Europe. However, I never imagined that anything could make me want to walk 500 miles — the entire width of northern Spain (as in, the country) — with little more than the clothes on my back. But after seeing Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago, a documentary that followed the experiences of various people who made the journey, I have to say that I am inspired.
Walking the Camino,… a film directed and produced by Lydia B. Smith, is an eye-opening experience. Wrapped up in our modern worlds of technology and other complexities, we have grown detached from the simplicity and beauty of the world surrounding us, not to mention the spiritual peace which can at times be difficult

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