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Author Archive: Chelsea Houghton

Chelsea Houghton is editor of Restless Press, as well as a columnist for Catholic Stand, Ignitum Today and NZ Catholic.
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.

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The Test of Self

November 14, AD2014 7 Comments
The Test of Self

Recently, I started a site called Restless Press, an Australasian site with contributors from around Australasia and the Pacific. Things in my life had been going great. I’d come back from a Catholic New Media Conference. Family life was good. My prayer life was going great, I was progressing well and was in a good […]

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Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

August 30, AD2014 4 Comments
Know Thyself: St. Teresa of Avila on Humility

How do we gain true humility? How well do we really know ourselves? Recently, for spiritual reading I’ve been reading St. Teresa of Avila’s Interior Castle. It’s a book I tried to read before, but it was a bit forced, and never had much impact. This time, I feel like she wrote that book just for […]

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Praying for the Media

August 15, AD2014 6 Comments
Praying for the Media

This last Sunday was celebrated as “Media Prayer Day” here in New Zealand. It was an initiative of a group of Christian Churches of various denominations. They had a good campaign on social media, with a few local celebrities asking people to pray for the media. Why is it important to pray for the media? […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

July 18, AD2014 4 Comments
Desperately Seeking Community

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My Dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness. Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my way through […]

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10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

February 28, AD2014 3 Comments
10 Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

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

February 1, AD2014 3 Comments
The Secrets of Happiness

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

November 28, AD2013 0 Comments
The Importance of Life Media

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

September 15, AD2013 3 Comments
The Contradiction of Being a Modern Woman

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

June 21, AD2013 1 Comment
The Time of your Eternal Life

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

April 26, AD2013 6 Comments
7 Things you can do to Stand Up for the Family

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

March 29, AD2013 4 Comments
Filling the Bucket of Self Esteem

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

March 1, AD2013 16 Comments
Letter to Parents About Baptism

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

February 1, AD2013 11 Comments
The Age of Apathy

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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