Her lace and ribbon white dress is hanging in the closet next to her veil. It is waiting. The Eucharist rests in the tabernacle behind the altar of our beautiful church, St. Rahael the Archangel. It is waiting. I've never been a person who does well when things don't go as planned. I've gotten better … Continue reading When Waiting Hurts
Though this year has taken a turn that I don't think many would have expected, our goal this Holy Week was to create some special memories for the kids even though our plans had very much changed. Our house is loud, and the noises aren't always happy, but overall we're hanging in there and doing … Continue reading Happy Easter from the Savaryns 2020!
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?
When a Catholic goes to Confession, several things happen. We come with contrition and confess our sins. We receive the absolution. Then, the Priest assigns us our penance. But while we may know what to expect, it's also immensely important to understand why we are doing these things. I've written extensively about why I absolutely … Continue reading What’s The Purpose of Penance?
A few weeks back, I hopped on an airplane and headed to Columbus, Ohio to film an episode of ETWN's The Journey Home, hosted by Marcus Grodi. I was met at the airport by Scott Scholten and his wife Barb. Scott produces and directs the show, and they also have a special B&B apartment in … Continue reading My Experience on EWTN’S The Journey Home
Having a Protestant friend visit Mass may seem like a big deal, or not, depending on you and your friend. But I know, as a Protestant, there was a lot that confused me during Mass, and I often didn't feel super comfortable. The following things all would have been helpful to me as a visitor, … Continue reading 5 Things A Catholic Can Do To Help A Protestant Feel Comfortable at Mass
This past weekend, we travelled to the great state of Minnesota for JP's youngest sister's wedding. There was a lot to look forward to, and the weekend didn't disappoint. First, the Sacrament of Marriage. Four of the five of us were able to stand up in the wedding. And, if I may, Lissie and Auggie … Continue reading The Wedding Weekend And Marrying Into A Huge Catholic Family
One of the topics I get asked about most often by my Protestant friends is Confession. So here is a humble attempt to explain what the Sacrament of Confession means to me. Let me start by saying I love Confession. Love it. It’s awesome. More on that in a moment. And then, let me also start by explaining a … Continue reading Why I Love Confession
There's a story in the Gospel of Luke about a man who was paralyzed. Jesus was speaking in a house nearby, and the man's friends carried him there. It was so crowded that they could not get in the door. However, they did not give up. They carried their friend up on the roof of … Continue reading In Which Mary Charlotte Receives the Sacrament of Baptism