Elizabeth Tomasek

Elizabeth Tomasek
Elizabeth Tomasek has facilitated faith formation in both high school and parish settings. She and her husband recently welcomed their fifth child, and she now spends her days appreciating God’s wonder, joy, hope, peace, and grace as revealed through her children.

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Guardian Angels: Messengers of Divine Grace

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Oct 2, 2019 7:06:00 AM

There is a rich tradition in the Church surrounding guardian angels that goes far beyond the image of a tiny angel perched on one shoulder, opposing the devil perched on the other. Though guardian angels were not given an official feast day until Pope Paul V declared it one in the early 1600s, the Church’s teaching on guardian angels is rooted deeply in both Scripture and Tradition.

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Topics: feast days, liturgical year, guardian angels

Thérèse of Lisieux, Saint of the 'Little Way'

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Oct 1, 2019 7:03:00 AM

“If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness.”
—St. Thérèse of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (Rockford: Tan Books, 1997), p. 2

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Topics: Little Way, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, saints

"As Kingfishers Catch Fire" Hopkins and the grace-filled life

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Jul 5, 2019 7:00:00 AM

I first encountered “As Kingfishers Catch Fire” in a homily. While I don’t fully remember the homily itself, this poem has stayed with me ever since—enough that I even bought a book of Hopkins’ poems. I keep coming back to it because it helps me to recall and envision the grace-filled life that God desires for me.

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Topics: poetry, sacraments

What St. Paul teaches us about conversion and parenting

Posted by Elizabeth Tomasek on Jan 25, 2019 7:04:00 AM

I love a good conversion story. From Augustine’s Confessions to Jennifer Fulwiler’s Something Other than God, I am drawn to the stories of those who have been transformed by the Truth found in Christ. Since I don’t fit the standard definition of a “convert,” I used to read these beautiful stories of conversion for the simple yet profound way they inspired me to appreciate my own faith and see it with a new perspective. But then I became a parent. I began a journey that changed my outlook on conversion and challenged me to see it as an absolutely essential element of faith for any Christian.

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Topics: conversion, motherhood, saints, parenting, fatherhood

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