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
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
Hello and welcome. I'm about to wade into this topic because it is near to my heart, and because I'm seeing a lot of aggression towards business owners who have moral or religious beliefs that prevent them from maintaining their integrity and providing birth control to their employees. I think it's really difficult for those … Continue reading Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates
It's been a bit quiet over here at This Catholic Family for the past week. And there's good reason for it. I've been working on something... a project on the side for some time now. And I recently reached a point where I was nearer the first finish line (more on that in a moment) … Continue reading On Taking Risks and Doing Scary Things
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?
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
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
In reading the Gospels lately, there is a common theme in Jesus’ teaching that jumps off the page at me (JP). That theme: if you believe I am Lord, then do what I say. I really am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and I’ve come so that you can have life to the … Continue reading Oh Child, I Have So Much Good in Mind for You – If You Would Just Obey