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
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?
Happy New Year Friends! First of all, thank you so much for joining us here and being part of our lives and our journey as a family of faith. This blog would technically be able to exist without you, but it wouldn't be the same, as what we write here is meant to be shared. … Continue reading This Catholic Family’s Top Posts of 2017!
The Protestant Worship Experience As a Protestant, worship took on many forms. But corporate worship in the context of a church setting was typically an emotional experience. The worship leaders, of which I was one, sang sometimes with eyes closed, hands raised, voice impassioned and face exuding feeling. There was this connotation that in sincere … Continue reading Are Catholics Just Going Through The Motions?
As of 8/7 central Jan 5, 2018, this Giveaway has closed! Thank you to those who entered! The winner will be announced tomorrow morning before 12pm central time! Hello friends! In celebration of reaching 500 followers on this blog, we've decided to do a lil' giveaway. Entering is free, and you can earn up to … Continue reading A This Catholic Family Giveaway!!!
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
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
We All Want Happiness Men, many of us are being led astray. We all want happiness. But not everyone seems to know where to find it. What’s more, I suspect many of us who think we have it are blind to the possibility that what we have pales in comparison to the real thing. Those … Continue reading Men, We Are Being Led Astray
Liturgical Living I've thought about the liturgical calendar this year more than I ever have before. I've thought about what little ways we can start incorporating the calendar of the Church year into our home. And here we find ourselves, as we always will at this time of year, at the beginning of Advent. We … Continue reading This Catholic Family is Ready for Advent!