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

Why Are Catholic Sermons So Short?

They're so Short! Something that was always strange to me as a Protestant attending Mass was how short Catholic sermons are. Well, technically we call what happens when the Priest speaks after the gospel reading a homily, but homily isn't a word seen too often outside the Catholic realm. The priests seemed to have varying degrees … Continue reading Why Are Catholic Sermons So Short?

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

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?