Internet Ire and Rig...

The readings for February 6, 2015: First reading: HEB 13:1-8 Responsorial Psalm: PS 27:1, 3, 5, 8B-9ABC Alleluia: LK 8:15 Gospel: MK 6:14-29 There is a lot of hostility being generated in the online worlds. I teach my history students that this is the result of fear. Fear prompts a tongue...

A Servant’s He...

Last night, my husband Will and I put our little daughter Grace to bed and had our first moments of alone time… barely, before Will had to leave to go to work until 7 a.m. I became a barnacle while he talked to me, and before I went downstairs to fix his dinner and coffee, I begged him...

Love is Patient, Lov...

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take care of Grace so I...

Sacred Heart, Change...

Today is the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The feast was requested in reparation for the ingratitude for the sacrifice that Christ made for us. This feast day also means we can eat meat today (Canon 1251), which is another reason to rejoice. I have a special devotion to the Sacred...

Book Review: Under t...

Under the Influence of Jesus: The Transforming Experience of Encountering Christ by Joe Paprocki (Loyola Press, 168 pages, $15.95) Disclaimer: This book was sent to me by Loyola Press for my honest review. Accessible, humorous, earnest, and faithful are all words I would use to describe the...

Daily Readings: Your...

Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter mass readings The responsorial response sets the tone for today’s readings: “God is king of all the earth.” The first readings in Acts, Paul passed on a message from the Lord: ““Do not be afraid. Go on speaking, and do not be...

When People Make Mis...

Life, in all its glory, is pretty messy. Sin skips and trips us through life as we try to be faithful and nothing halts us up more than the compare and contrast game. You know the game: Why did she do that? Can you believe he said that? I would never… You would never… lie or...

When Dating Is Hard

First, there is the question of meeting someone. And if you meet a person you like so much, and maybe they like you too, the bigger questions start to emerge. Our short-term selves may want to be in a relationship, but our long-term selves need to consider the investment dating requires of...

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You? Sep20

Whom Would Kindness ...

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to...

Questions and Faith: On Counseling the Doubtful Aug23

Questions and Faith:...

Anything worth knowing begins with a question. ‎Philosopher Etienne Gibson wrote, “Faith comes to intelligence as a light that overflows it with joy and inspires it with a certitude that does away with question.” I like asking questions, so perhaps I’m sympathetic towards...

Don't Feed the ...

An important thing to remember about angels is that they are terrifying. I am not sure when angels started to be domesticated, but nearly every time one appears in the Bible, the humans are frightened. So much so that angels had to start saying phrases like, “Fear not!” and...

Pro-Life Compassion

In the 2011 film Friends With Kids, two platonic friends decide to have a child together without the entanglements of marriage (which they saw as tearing their other friends’s relationships apart). A year or so after their child is born, Jason (the father) meets “The One” and...

Proverbs 31: Woman o...

There is a great fear among women that we are being under-appreciated. It’s not that we women want all the power; we just want credit for sharing it! In Amanda Mortus’s “To Be Used or Appreciated?”, she laments how tired a Proverbs 31 woman seems, and wishes more of...

Not So Complicated Sep22

Not So Complicated

Flying home, the college lady next to me mentioned she was in a “complicated” relationship with someone back home. I smiled and said I’d been there. “Make sure you draw clear lines,” I said. “Relationships don’t have to be complicated.” Perhaps this sounds too simplistic – as...

Christ, My Wingman

The morning after my future sister’s wedding, my fiance and I attended the family brunch and were asked the question: short or long engagement? B. said “short” and I said “long” – the listeners laughed. We’ve been engaged for eight months now; four...

Date the Fat Guys, Ladies Jul10

Date the Fat Guys, L...

In what can only be described as “true love,” I agreed to marry my fiance without ever dancing with him. Perhaps this seems impossible, improbable, or a smallish point in the grand scheme of our love. But I tell you, it is not. I come from a dancing family. My mom and dad fell in...

I Bet You Think This Post Is About You Jun10

I Bet You Think This...

The hubris of the Catholic Church is often a huge turn-off to many people. How can she, the Church, this whore (my mother), claim to know the will of God? After all, everyone knows her reputation. Everyone knows her mistakes. Everyone believes they know all about her and her kind- those...

Turn Around! Apr06

Turn Around!

Today is Good Friday. At noon, my family will drive to Mt. Adams, to a hill overlooking the Ohio River. We will descend many steps, cross a bridge, and then go down many more, before reaching a landing, turning around, and going back up each step, one rosary bead at a time. I will wear a rain...

Don’t Buy Me L...

The little girl I babysit likes to give me her art. As it is now February, she is currently making Valentines. She asks me how to spell my name, writes the letters backwards and proudly presents it to me. I praise it, praise her and show it off. She makes sure I take it home with me, alongside...

Not Even Wrong Jan13

Not Even Wrong

Wolfgang Pauli, a physicist who pioneered the field of quantum physics, is famous for the critique, “Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!” Or, “Not only is it not right, it’s not even wrong!” Pauli reserved this most severe criticism for...

The Blessings of Bun...

I’m wearing bunny slippers as I type this post. My late Aunt Tracey gave them to me two Christmases ago (her last Christmas). I wear them, but I don’t even like slippers. I’m not a fan of slip-on shoes. They always slip off. I wear them because Aunt Tracey gave them to...

Logic, Science and History Prevail! Nov03

Logic, Science and H...

I came across an amazing documentary called “180” paralleling the Holocaust and abortion. It is produced by Living Waters, a ministry run by Ray Comfort. Comfort was born a Jew, and, while he still identifies himself as such, is an Evangelical Christian pastor in California....

How Catholics Read and Study the Bible Oct15

How Catholics Read a...

Let’s suspend disbelief in God for a moment. To understand a Catholic studying the Bible, that disbelief in God must be suspended. We believe in God, even when we struggle or question. Our belief in God gives us reason to hope. Disbelief is not seen as enlightenment, but a serious internal...

Stand By Your Man

Ladies, what would you say if …your boyfriend told you he masturbates? …your husband confessed his struggles with pornography? …your brother is actively unchaste? I have come to the understanding that many females are blissfully unaware of the sexual (and, thus, spiritual) struggles men...

1001 Questions to Ask Before You Get Married Sep20

1001 Questions to As...

In a romantic rush of words, my boyfriend told me he loved me. A week or so later, he had “an interesting conversation” with his mother, and she bought us a book. No, it wasn’t Three to Get Married by Fulton Sheen, Love and Responsibility by Blessed John Paul II or even...

God Needs You! Sep07

God Needs You!

Last month, my boyfriend’s grandfather died. The beauty of our Catholic faith never felt more exposed to me than with the passing of another believing soul from earth into eternity. I could not turn a corner in the grandfather’s house without seeing a crucifix. The family physically came...

Serving With Mustard Aug26

Serving With Mustard

I have a tennis ball shaped bruise on the side of my thigh. In grotesque literary fashion, I see the bruise as God’s grace literally leaving its imprint on me. This was not the first time I have been hit with a ball: earlier in the set, I had been nailed in the stomach. I used to play...

There is Some Blue Sky! Let Us Chase it! Aug19

There is Some Blue S...

“Speak about Christ only when you are asked. But live so that people ask about Christ!” exclaimed Paul Claudel. Claudel, a 20th Century French poet, dramatist and diplomat, was a revert to his Roman Catholic faith. When he was 18 years old, he was an agnostic; then, during Christmas...