Leaning into the Saints as a Catholic Convert

For some reason, the Saints seemed so out of reach. It was tough to think that people existed who walked this earth let God fill them so much that there wasn't room for anything else. Meanwhile, I felt so far from that. I lose my patience so easily, and tend to seek my own comfort, and am prone to anxiety and worry about things I can't control. I feared that I'd read something by a Saint and be frightened off...of what, I don't exactly know. But I didn't trust that it would be helpful, at least not for a while.

Finding Hope in Uncertain Times

Hello friends, I hope you and yours are safe and healthy. Let me just start by saying this: What a year this month has been. Just a few weeks ago, we were going about life as usual, and now it feels like almost everything has changed. Where I live- in space, in time- my day-to-day … Continue reading Finding Hope in Uncertain Times

How To Save A Life: Suicide Prevention Day, 2018

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 Donate to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention: https://afsp.org/ Grieving Suicide Grieving my 47-year-old aunt Jeannine's suicide has been different than any other grief I have experienced in my time on this earth. It is heavy, it is dark, it is slow, it is hard. She left so many things behind. … Continue reading How To Save A Life: Suicide Prevention Day, 2018

The Inescapable Beauty of Hope

Breathing Hope So much of my life is framed by hope. I hope the kids will sleep well, I hope the weather will be nice, I hope I'll have time to drink my coffee. Hope, hope, hope. Little things like that. And big things, too. I hope I'll be a published author some day. I … Continue reading The Inescapable Beauty of Hope

Men, We Are Being Led Astray

We All Want Happiness Men, many of us are being led astray. We all want happiness. But not everyone seems to know where to find it. What’s more, I suspect many of us who think we have it are blind to the possibility that what we have pales in comparison to the real thing. Those … Continue reading Men, We Are Being Led Astray

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

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)

What Is Love?

I have to admit, whenever I think about this question the first thing that pops in my head is this: https://giphy.com/gifs/saturday-night-live-jim-carrey-parody-12mgpZe6brh2nu But Night At The Roxbury is not what we are here to talk about today. And, just a hunch, but I'm not sure those guys would be able to contribute too much to the … Continue reading What Is Love?

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

Laying Down My Rights

Just when ya think you're in pretty good shape... something comes along and reveals the sin in your own life very clearly. JP made a mistake this week. A very honest mistake. It ended up costing us $100. Which isn't the most money in the world. But, it was enough to provoke a reaction in … Continue reading Laying Down My Rights