Breathing Hope So much of my life is framed by hope. I hope the kids will sleep well, I hope the weather will be nice, I hope I'll have time to drink my coffee. Hope, hope, hope. Little things like that. And big things, too. I hope I'll be a published author some day. I … Continue reading The Inescapable Beauty of Hope
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?
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
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
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
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?
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?