I had the amazing opportunity to give my talk, "A Protestant Interrupted," at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Angleton, Texas last weekend. Father Victor Perez had seen my Journey Home episode, and reached out via Twitter to invite me to his parish. I have to admit, at first I wasn't sure if it was a … Continue reading Southern Hospitality and Sharing My Story in Texas
The Swells and Crests of Life We had a period of time this fall into early winter where things were relatively calm. I remember thinking to myself during that time, Remember to appreciate this. Be thankful for this. Because I've been around at least long enough to know that life comes in seasons, in swells and … Continue reading Strong But Not Superhuman
Two years ago this Easter Vigil, I entered the Catholic Church. Here are 10 things I found helpful when approaching my own Confirmation. I hope they are helpful to any of you out there who will be Confirmed this year! Several of the items on this list are helpful for us all to remember, no … Continue reading 10 Tips for Those Entering The Catholic Church This Easter
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
Hello friends! Lorelei was interviewed this week for Relevant Radio's Morning Air program about her recent article: "Being Gift in a Take World." Check it out by clicking here! She's the first guest right at the beginning of the show. Thanks! -JP and Lorelei
Engaging Kids In Mass We love that our kids are in Mass with us on Sundays, but it's always helpful to find tools that help them understand more of what is going on and that support them as they grow in their ability to engage. Below are three tools This Catholic Family has found that … Continue reading 3 Awesome Tools To Help Children Engage in Mass
Hello This Catholic Family Friends! Lorelei was recently interviewed by the podcast Catholic Vitamins. She was able to speak with Deacon Tom and his wife Dee and share her story home to the Catholic Church. Deacon Tom and Dee are a wonderful couple, and it was a pleasure to get to know each other a … Continue reading Lorelei’s Guest Appearance on the Catholic Vitamins Podcast!
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
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?
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