Of Astronomy and a J...

Blowing out the Catholic Cool-O-Meter is a Jesuit brother by the name of Br. Guy Consolmagno. If you haven’t heard of him yet, do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books.  Br. Guy is an American born research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Yes, a...

A Wish-List from a P...

A parish priest from the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, is working to raise funds for one of the two parishes he staffs. Holy Rosary Parish has great financial need. With Father”s permission, I am re-posting his wish list here. There is no better time to give to such a worthy cause...

Christmas – Wh...

The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A...

Synod Psych Up

Much has been said about the Synod on the Family, underway in Rome right now. Ink has been spilled, opinions made, worry and confusion abound. We hear the drama between bishops, opinions from both sides of the spectrum. Frustration, fear, hope and excitement, all tied together in these...

A New Voice for the ...

A year and a half ago, my husband received a phone call that would change our lives. A priest friend of ours was starting a new project and he was building a team for it. Thus began our partnership with Father Maurice Emelu founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, and priest of the Catholic...

Embracing the Joy of...

Exhaustion, stress, feeling overwhelmed… These feelings can become a part of our lives, pushing all of the joy to the back burner. Life’s beautiful moments of happiness become almost an after-thought in the middle of the daily grind. It always amazes me how God uses little moments in our...

Choosing Peace

In the midst of all of this we are called to something greater. We read in Philippians 4: 6-7, "Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Peace? What is that? We say. It feels like a meaningless word, and not something we can actually apply to our lives.

The Messy Power of t...

This fiery church we see in the Acts of the Apostles is the one Pope Francis spoke of at WYD Rio when he said, “What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day? I expect a mess. There will be one. There will be a mess here in Rio? There will be!

Christians and Anger

Do you struggle with anger? Does a close family member or friend? Are you known for your Irish-red-hair and the fact that you are incapable of playing sports without a blowup of some sort? Anger – so much of it. It fills every corner of the web and spills over into our personal lives. Or...

Walking the Walk, Af...

News broke a few days ago that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has issued an apology following the disclosure that he spent 2.2 million on his new residence. Catholic Culture points out that when Archbishop Gregory realized that he “had caused scandal by spending over $2 million...

Growing In Love

It happens- opposites do attract. My husband and I knew that as soon as we started dating. He is a deep thinker – thoughtful, artistic, incredibly hard working – everything I am not. It was those differences that drew us together in the first place. A friend once told me not...

A New Grateful You

By now, if you are like me, you have already lost track of your New Years resolution. Learn Spanish? Who has time for that. But the new year brings a fresh desire to improve ourselves. There is something magical about the idea of a clean slate, and a new start. It brings motivation to be a...

What’s Your Wi...

This morning I witnessed the coolest thing. My husband and I were on our way to work, winding through the back roads when we saw a strange sight. There in the middle of a lawn was a circle of men in hard hats. Armed with chainsaws and surrounded by bucket trucks it was obvious they were about...

WYD Whiners… Jul25

WYD Whiners…

Today Rio de Janeiro Brazil is overrun with young people. World Youth Day is in full swing and hundreds of thousands of young people from around the globe have gathered to celebrate their Catholic faith and our Holy Father Pope Francis. I have watched the broadcast with emotion and a tinge of...

Marriage: Getting Th...

How interesting it is to be a young, newly married, Catholic in light of the quickly changing moral code of our country. The Supreme Court’s decision left me unsurprised but filled with dread. How can our country stand in the midst of moral and financial collapse and what can we do about it?...

When Did I See You Lord? May02

When Did I See You L...

We all do it- use Facebook as a way to communicate our political and religious viewpoint. After all, isn’t that the whole purpose of Facebook…  Well, a few days ago a seminarian friend of mine posted this quote from St. Josemaria Escriva on his Facebook: “If you have time on your...

Our Story

It all began on an average day at work. Morning schedule and then mass. I am blessed to work at a place where mass is available to the employees daily. Today was different though. In the back of the chapel was a young man I had never seen before praying. At first I thought he might be a...

The Unity Candle : Y...

In the final weeks leading up to our wedding, my fiance and I are working on the last details of our wedding mass. We will be getting married in a lovely old German Catholic Church, which is a testament to our parish of the beautiful job our Pastor and his staff do of blending the old...

In Truth: Certainly

From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: in truth – certainly or: truly, confidently. This is the meaning of the word verily. A name which now graces the front of a new magazine for women. Lauched in the spring of 2012, by a group of young women, this magazine seeks to engage women in a real...

Living Our Vocations

Life has a way of coming up and tossing you the unexpected, and I encountered a new twist in life just recently when I got engaged. You see, for years I had prayed, dreamed and waited for that special someone to come into my life. I surrounded myself with like-minded girlfriends and my beloved...

Why We Need Work May03

Why We Need Work

Last week  The Daily Caller broke the news feature about the Labor Department attempting  to ban farm chores. When I alerted my dad who is a life-long farmer about the new rule, he was speechless. As he scanned the news article his first comment was “This is a joke, right” To...

To Learn Silence

As a perpetual chatterbox I approach the mysteries of Holy Week with mixed emotions. The stark, somber tones of the liturgies are in direct contrast with my personality, so every year it is a struggle to focus. It is almost as if Holy Week was custom-made to test one’s new-found will...

Election Season and ...

” If only we had another Ronald Reagan. ” The words floated out of my friends mouth and hung in mid-air. It is a tendency we all have- to see the past as better, but as I listened to him extol the greatness of Reagan I couldn’t help but think it a bit naive. We are living...

More Thoughts On The...

The Dec. 15th article on the veil fueled some great discussions in Catholic blogging circles. Father Dwight Longenecker did this follow up post and Deacon Greg at Catholic Online mentioned it as well. I thought it would be good to go back and touch on a few points. First I am going to give you...

A Few Reasons to Wea...

There is a long standing beautiful tradition in the Catholic Church for women to cover their heads while at mass. I realize that writing on this topic is not going to be popular with the majority of people. It is a widely misunderstood practice, and you will always find various opinions in...

Things to be Thankfu...

Over the next few days the vast majority of Americans will celebrate Thanksgiving Day with a special meal and family time. It is always a reminder to step back and reflect on the countless way we have been blessed. Some years it can be a little more difficult to find things we are thankful...

Cowboys, Poetry and ...

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes. I think one of the things that has surprised me most about life is who the real heroes are. The little old couple that has been together for 60 years, the faithful priests who end their lives largely forgotten. When we are young our walls are strewn with...

The “Other Gir...

Mommy blogs and how popular they have become, is the topic of conversation these past few days. Julie wrote a wonderful piece last week about them and Jen Fulwiler over at NCRegister.com wrote another one just yesterday. I have noticed a common thread amongst some of the commentators though....

October Baby: Anothe...

This fall there have actual been a few movies out there that are more than “just ok” These movies make you laugh, cry, and walk away wanting to be a better person.(Courageous, Mighty Macs, to name a few), but this past weekend I was introduced to the movie October Baby. “October Baby”...

Hard-Core Prolife Oct25

Hard-Core Prolife

Lucky me just got back from a weekend trip that took me to the sunny and swampy city of New Orleans. It was a quick trip away from my normal schedule and a chance to visit friends. Something I will never pass up. The best part of the trip was the fact that I was going to visit my darling...

Relationships = Gift

Relationships…. Or maybe I should say ‘people.’ No, that is not right either… What I wanted to talk about is our relationship with people. Man is naturally a social creature, but how we interact with the individuals who daily cross our paths can have a profound effect on who we are as...

Lets Start Being Peo...

So when is the last time you heard someone talk about the virtues? Honestly, we spend so much time defending our faith, and morals that often it seems like there is no time to actually grow in our faith and the daily exercising of our values. Yes you can certainly grow in the virtues through...

Is Smoking Morally W...

Is smoking cigarettes a moral issue? If one were to rate moral problems of the day would smoking cigarettes even end up on the list? I ask these questions, because if we listen to mainstream culture it is the one issue that they are more than willing to warn kids of the danger of. It can be...

Families, Fun and Pr...

I have always thought that Hollywood is missing a chance to make millions. They just simple need to film the life of a large family, embellish the facts and you would have side splitting comedy. It gets even better when you add ‘Catholic’ and ‘Homeschooled’ and ‘Grew up on a Ranch’...

Tis the Season for Prolife Activism Sep06

Tis the Season for P...

The Summer is winding to a close and the weather has a hint of Fall. Time for those activities that we all love – county fairs, college football, Oktoberfest, playing in the leaves, sweaters and boots! In the midst of all of this it is important to remember one of the more challenging...