This Catholic Family is Ready for Advent!

Liturgical Living I've thought about the liturgical calendar this year more than I ever have before. I've thought about what little ways we can start incorporating the calendar of the Church year into our home. And here we find ourselves, as we always will at this time of year, at the beginning of Advent. We … Continue reading This Catholic Family is Ready for Advent!

7 Misconceptions I Held About The Catholic Church Before Becoming Catholic

The Default of The Catholic Church Being Wrong In my Protestant life, I held a lot of default positions that I had never given much thought. One of my main default positions was that the Catholic Church was, at least in some very important ways, wrong. I had this default because of growing up where … Continue reading 7 Misconceptions I Held About The Catholic Church Before Becoming Catholic

Embracing The Crucifix

When I was growing up in various Protestant churches, and in all the Protestant churches of my adulthood, one of the few symbols on display in each church was an empty cross. Usually inside the sanctuary, front and center. This type of image is familiar to many, but it hasn’t always made the most sense to … Continue reading Embracing The Crucifix

Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and Why We Need Theology of the Body More Than Ever

Scandals I was too young to know much about the scandals surrounding Bill Cosby the first time around. Then, as time went on the media storm subsided and Cosby emerged as someone still able to find affection in the public eye. He was, if not The American Father, at the very least in the running … Continue reading Bill Cosby, Harvey Weinstein, Louis CK and Why We Need Theology of the Body More Than Ever

Is Anyone Sola Scriptura? (Catholic Stand)

Note: This article originally appeared on Catholic Stand. Coffee Shop Calvinism I recently came across a group of men from the Reformed Church we left to become Catholic who were gathered at our local Starbucks. They were discussing theology, and didn’t notice I was sitting next to them for several minutes while they talked about … Continue reading Is Anyone Sola Scriptura? (Catholic Stand)

Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

Hello and welcome. I'm about to wade into this topic because it is near to my heart, and because I'm seeing a lot of aggression towards business owners who have moral or religious beliefs that prevent them from maintaining their integrity and providing birth control to their employees. I think it's really difficult for those … Continue reading Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

How This Catholic Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

Many Families, Many Approaches There are as many ways to manage a family with young children at Mass as there are families that attend. Many people will have something different that works for them. I’m always on the lookout for ideas and have read several articles on what age appropriate expectations are, as well as … Continue reading How This Catholic Family Approaches Mass With Young Children

When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

It's been a while since I've been straight up embarrassed in public. Though I lean introvert, I can typically handle social situations in an appropriate manner. This week, I was reminded how awful it feels to be embarrassed in front of others. We were at the pool for Lissie's swim lessons. I was sitting on … Continue reading When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

On Woven Sari Blankets and The Dignity of Man

I have trouble with eye contact. Not during job interviews, not at home with my husband and kids. But definitely in public. I remember in middle and high school avoiding eye contact with others was a way to deal with my shyness. The subtle yet significant fear that I would look someone in the eyes … Continue reading On Woven Sari Blankets and The Dignity of Man

Shifting The Seasons

Merry Christmas! Happy Easter! I grew up with a whole bunch of Merry Christmases throughout December and a smattering of Happy Easters as the Spring season approached. And, as we all know, the retail stores think Christmas starts somewhere in July, and that Easter starts in January. For most of my life, and still, for the … Continue reading Shifting The Seasons