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

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

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)

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 Beautiful Churches

The Original Problem I used to have a problem with ornate churches. I used to think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. I verged, at times, on offended. Then, I realized, I've worshipped in very expensive buildings that weren't so aesthetically pleasing. Yes, Cathedrals cost a lot more than the average mega-church, but … Continue reading On Beautiful Churches

Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?

I used to get quite squeamish when sitting in Mass with JP's family, especially when one of the readings would come from one of the books in the Old Testament that wasn't in the Protestant Bible. The Books of Wisdom, Sirach, and others were foreign to me. I was uncomfortable because I was convinced those … Continue reading Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?

Finding A New Mother In Mary

Before I was Catholic, I focused on Mary during the holiday season. I mostly thought about her, pregnant and heavy laden, making the long journey for the census just before her baby was to be born. Tired, searching for a place to rest. Giving birth in a dirty, humble place. Holding the infant Jesus in a … Continue reading Finding A New Mother In Mary

Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?

I sit here, smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, anticipating the approaching daylight, but still knowing we have the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday to pass through on our way to it. And I am in awe. In awe of the fact that we exist. We are on a ball floating in … Continue reading Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?