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

Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things

Well, we've made it to Illinois! Though the move wasn't too far, mileage speaking, it was far enough that we are having to reset many aspects of our life. In the next few weeks, we will be finding new doctors, dentists, playgrounds... pretty much everything. We keep checking things off the list, but new things … Continue reading Donuts After Mass and Other Hopeful Things

What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?

I think we've all seen or heard someone make a joke about "Catholic Guilt" at one point or another. This article explores what Catholic Guilt is, really. And if it's actually funny. Or, on the other hand, if it a misrepresentation of something meant for our good. What is Sin? It's important to get on … Continue reading What’s The Deal with Catholic Guilt?

Walking Through Lent During A Time of Loss

It's been a bit quiet over here on the blog for the past few weeks. A great sadness entered into my family's life on February 4th, and it's taken me a while to figure out exactly what I wanted to say. It didn't seem right to write about anything else besides this, and I felt … Continue reading Walking Through Lent During A Time of Loss

Being “Gift” In A “Take” World

The Disease of What’s Best for Me There is a disease rampant in our world today. A disease called “What’s Best for Me.” Entertainment programs are filled with tips on how to make our lives better. How to get the best deal. How to make ourselves look good. How to advance in our careers. How … Continue reading Being “Gift” In A “Take” World

The Hidden Blessing in Waiting to Tell My Story

The Dream Things I thought would happen after I told people I was becoming Catholic: People would ask "why," then sit, leaning forward, eyes wide as I told the whole story. The story of all my misconceptions, and all the truth and beauty I'd found. They'd ask questions to better understand, and they'd start seeking … Continue reading The Hidden Blessing in Waiting to Tell My Story

When Advent Doesn’t Go As Planned

Advent Interrupted You guys, Advent was going to be so much fun! I was excited, and wrote this Very Catholic Mom Post about all the cool Advent family traditions we were going to start this year. Now, before I write any further, I still am very excited for these traditions we (attempted) to start. They … Continue reading When Advent Doesn’t Go As Planned

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

Finding Peace Amidst Chaos In Adoration (Catholic Stand)

(The article below originally appeared on Catholic Stand. Click here to read.) Letters To God While sorting through a bin of items from my childhood, I came across several pages of prayer journals. In different phases of my life, I would write my prayers to God in letter form. The letters are written in such … Continue reading Finding Peace Amidst Chaos In Adoration (Catholic Stand)