I understand prayer a lot differently now, I think, in part, because I understand God differently.
The first yes that Mary gave to the angel found its fulfillment in the silent and continued yes of watching her son suffer for the salvation of all.
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
Lent is always an appropriate time to reflect on suffering, and over the past 12 months, This Catholic Family has had some rough times. I've shared a few times about the loss of my aunt to suicide in February 2018. The grief from that, and the slow path toward healing, has been a part of … Continue reading Emerging From the Fog
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
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
Oh my goodness. As a Protestant, Purgatory was the weirdest. Along with the Mary stuff. I didn't think about Purgatory much, but when I did, I had no idea what Catholics were thinking. I thought Purgatory was some sort of bizarre waiting place, like a really long DMV line. Or a bus route that just … Continue reading Why I Believe In Purgatory
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
Dear Mary, From the moment of your conception, you were genetically distinct from me, your momma. You were not an extension of my own body, but were your own self. From the moment of your conception, I had an obligation to respect your body, just as I respect mine. I had an obligation to provide … Continue reading A Letter to My Infant Daughter
Death and taxes. Two things that are famously known for their certitude. But, I suggest that death (and some might argue taxes) is merely a form of something else- much more frequent and just as certain. And that something else is Suffering. That's why I fully reject the idea that Christianity is some sort of free … Continue reading Some thoughts on suffering