What’s The Purpose of Penance?

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?

Finding A New Mother In Mary

Before I was Catholic, I focused on┬áMary 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

Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?

I sit here, smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, anticipating┬áthe approaching daylight, but still knowing we have the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday to pass through on our way to it. And I am in awe. In awe of the fact that we exist. We are on a ball floating in … Continue reading Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?

Some Thoughts On Life, and One’s Right To It

A Persuasive Speech I remember in high school, while taking a Public Speaking class, we were asked to write and give a persuasive speech. Another student in my class chose to speak on being Pro-Choice, and I chose to speak on being Pro-Life. We both were able to civilly engage our class in presenting our … Continue reading Some Thoughts On Life, and One’s Right To It