Author Archive: Chelsea Houghton

Chelsea Houghton is a 27 year old mother who lives in Christchurch, New Zealand with her husband and four children under the age of five. She has a Media and Communications degree from the University of Canterbury and in the past has worked for the Journey of the Cross and Icon for World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, for the Christchurch Catholic Youth Team and running the Theology of the Body for Teens programme and training to various groups. She a managing editor for Catholic Stand and also is a columnist for Ignitum Today, NZ Catholic and various other Catholic media. Chelsea blogs at Grow the Roses.

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10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

| 02-28-AD2014 | [3]

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of simple things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for […]

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The Secrets of Happiness

The Secrets of Happiness

| 02-01-AD2014 | [3]

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really ‘lived’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we could possibly […]

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The Importance of Life Media

The Importance of Life Media

| 11-28-AD2013 | [0]

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being”pro-choice” is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while pro-lifers have to explain our side of the debate, a side that once heard, often changes hearts and minds to aid in the protection […]

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The Contradiction of Being a Modern Woman

The Contradiction of Being a Modern Woman

| 09-15-AD2013 | [3]

Being a woman and being Catholic in the modern world is seen as somewhat of a paradox. What a contradiction it can seem in today to be an intelligent, well reasoned woman and yet also be a practising, devout Catholic. Isn’t the Church the patriarchal oppressing institution that leaves little place for women? Yet I would […]

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The Time of your Eternal Life

The Time of your Eternal Life

| 06-21-AD2013 | [1]

It is not long to go until World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. And what a World Youth Day it will be. The first World Youth Day with a new pope, a South American pope, and in South America. Many younger generation Catholics have an experience of World Youth Day. The World […]

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7 Things you can do to Stand Up for the Family

7 Things you can do to Stand Up for the Family

| 04-26-AD2013 | [6]

Last week, my country New Zealand became the thirteenth country in the world to redefine marriage and allow same-sex marriage to be legally recognised. This follows a worldwide trend of redefining marriage, France and Uruguay also being recent countries to pass the bill. Many other countries have it on the cards this year. New Zealand […]

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Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem

Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem

| 03-29-AD2013 | [4]

Self esteem. A modern essential. Self esteem was a term invented by Sigmund Freud. The concept has taken wing since then, enhancing other modern philosophies. In the modern world, ever increasing affirmation of self esteem is key through political correctness (not offending anyone), relativism (everyone is right in whatever they think) as well as in […]

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Letter to Parents About Baptism

Letter to Parents About Baptism

| 03-01-AD2013 | [16]

Dear Parents Who Haven’t Baptized Their Children, I’ve been speaking to your parent/grandparent/relative/friend over the past few weeks in the lead up to, and at, my son’s baptism. They made a comment in conversation that they wished you would baptize your child and that they were worried about it. Now I’m sure you get comments […]

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The Age of Apathy

The Age of Apathy

| 02-01-AD2013 | [11]

I was born in the late 1980s. I’m too young for wars, civil right movements and the Age of Aquarius. The Cold War and the Berlin Wall fell before I started school. Major epidemic illness is limited to SARS scares and Bird Flu, with the odd chicken pox thrown in. I don’t remember a time […]

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