My Facebook Holiday

Over the Christmas break I decided to take my real first Facebook holiday since joining the social network site back in 2007. I was sensing the need for an electronic rest and so completely switched off Facebook for one month. I am back on Facebook now but the short absence was invaluable and...

Read More Books Now

Brandon Vogt, social media guru and self-proclaimed bibliophile extraordinaire is at it again. His latest project, Read More Books Now, a multi-media package that helps busy people like you and me read more books, is now available. Brandon reads anywhere from 75-100 books in a year, so I...

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...

Pope Francis’ ...

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world as...

Five Books for the C...

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve...

The 'Sorry, Not...

Chances are that if you are on any one of the major social media sites, you”ll know what I”m talking about when I refer to the “sorry, not sorry” or “#sorrynotsorry” phenomenon. But just in case you aren”t familiar with the phrase, folks tend to post...

Believe in Jesus, or else… Jul05

Believe in Jesus, or...

Whatever Isn’t...

I was crying again. Sitting in the semi-darkness, the only light coming from the muted TV. Rocking her, always rocking her. My little 3rd child, the one who smiled at me first. The one who cries and cries when not in arms. The one whose body relaxes as I ease her into the Ergo, heart to heart...

Taking the Gospel to...

I could be very mistaken, but I suspect that the majority of readers here and at other Catholic blogs are somewhat in the choir. If I were to do a survey, then I would bet that our audience here is somewhat like the audience of the active members in parishes. We enjoy our Catholic faith, work...

Why Everyone Should ...

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so...

Someone, Please, Lik...

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be...

Five Things Pope Fra...

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the blog posts...

If Saints Were Super...

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but...

John Paul II’s...

The continuous setbacks and attacks on religious liberty that plague men and women of faith in the United States and across the world require responses and actions that not only are intellectually convincing, but also require the engagement of media in creative, engaging, and...

Witnessing to the Wo...

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today’s world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks “How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?” The answer: faith is caught. Our...

Hear the Gospel in Spoken Word Every Sunday Mar13

Hear the Gospel in S...

There is great power in words, especially words laced with passion and creativity. For today’s world, the art of Spoken Word is equivalent to the modern parable in that it has the ability to reach people, especially young people, in ways homilies and regular catechesis cannot. For that...

Seeking the Truth Am...

The article posted on the Diversity Chronicle blog stating that Pope Francis, during a supposed Third Vatican Council, condemned racism and declared all religions to be the same, is a satire. Those of us with a rudimentary knowledge of how the Catholic Church works know that the story is...

What I Gleaned From ...

As always Father Robert Barron displays a masterful command of his subject matter in the latest documentary and study from Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. If I’m correct in what I’ve gleaned, he and his crew are fully in tune with the Church’s call to modern Christians. My...

Merry Digital Christ...

As the day of Christ’s birth hurtles towards us, it is definitely easy to get caught up in the spin of things. Retailers, desperate to meet their bottom line and land a huge haul this shopping season, barrage us with seemingly great offers on all kinds of interesting items. Some are...

The Best (and Worst)...

Ok, so maybe the title is a bit misleading. Flash mobs only started in 2003 according to wikipedia which makes this “all time” list of Catholic flash mobs really just a 11 year sampling of awesomeness. Regardless, Christmastime seems to be the “flash mob” season ever since this little...

Hidden Light in Syri...

The Syrian Civil War has all but disappeared from our news as the American attention-span ran out. We are now more concerned about our healthcare woes than anything else going on outside of the country. Regardless of our attention, the war still rages on. It has claimed at least 120,000 lives...

Too Many Photos, Too...

In 2014 it is estimated that 1.5 billion smartphone cameras will take nearly one trillion photos – that’s hundreds of thousands of photos every minute (three thousand in the time it took to read this sentence). Three hundred million photos are uploaded to Facebook every day capturing every...

God Loves You: Nobod...

Disclaimer: This article is going to sound cynical. It might even sound anti-Christian. Please stick with it. There is a point. I am sarcastic and sometimes offensive. Again, there is an overall point. This New Evangelization thing in the Church is pretty cool, you gotta admit. I mean, JPII...

The Importance of Li...

One of the downsides of being pro-life in 2013 is the negative stereotyping. Being”pro-choice” is so normalized and they seem to have the popular debate covered. They have the jargon, while we as pro-lifers have to well explain our side of the debate. A side that once heard out,...

Children and Online ...

In our media world children will almost certainly be exposed to images and material that can have a negative impact on their moral and psychological development. Exposure to pornography is one such concern that should be on every parent’s radar. First, some statistics about children and...

Man Enough? An Invit...

“Jesus is not an isolated missionary, he does not want to fulfill his mission alone, but involves his disciples.” – Pope Francis #Man Enough? from Family Missions Company At Family Missions Company we confidently know that God is calling many people today to proclaim the Good News....

The New New...

In my last article on the subject of video games and the New Evangelization I briefly went into my own passion for games and how I feel that it is an evolving media that Catholics should begin to reevaluate. While the media itself is only beginning to evolve into something capable of real...

Some Basic Combox Decency Guidelines Jun19

Some Basic Combox De...

I have a love/hate relationship with the comment box.  On my blog where it’s moderated and readers are spiritually mature and have attended Combox-Finnishing school, I can kick my shoes off and put my feet up like I do on my sister’s coffee table. But elsewhere on the world wide web,...

The New New Media

I have a bit of a confession to make before I begin. This article is arguably entirely self serving, so take what I state with as much salt as necessary. I love video games. I have loved them since I was first introduced to them in the early ’80s. It is a passion that borders on an...

What If I Were Drunk...

Waiting on four pepperoni HARs (hot and readys) to be…well…ready (Little Ceasar’s was back-logged) I moseyed over to the bar next door to find a bar bathroom. I found and entered a small closet with two urinals and a stall and an older gentleman followed close behind and grabbed a urinal...

Introducing StrangeN...

For the last couple years I’ve been working behind-the-scenes on a huge new project, and last Monday it finally went live. The project is called Strange Notions, and it’s designed to be the central place of dialogue between Catholics and atheists. As a ‘digital Areopagus’, it...

Kids These Days- Int...

“Think about what would happen if New Advent, Catholic Answers, Busted Halo, and Ignitum Today all fused together into one website for youth…” I teach 7th grade. Don’t worry, I’m completely sane, even at the end of the school year when my students’ hormones are raging and the...

How Cardinal Newman ...

In January 1864, the Protestant pastor and novelist Charles Kingsley reviewed an English history book for Macmillan’s Magazine. The review began innocently enough. Kingsley critiqued the author’s handling of English figures like Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth. However, it quickly...

The New Evangelization Series Introduction Nov21

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Paul Harvey’s ...

If you are one of the 3,000,000 people who have listened to Paul Harvey’s prophetic manifestation of the devil’s activity circa 1964, then you might like this new 2012 remix.   Check out the full text @ my blog.   What would you do if you were the...

What’s Next for Chri...

It has been over a decade since I first read Christopher West’s Good News About Sex and Marriage and then made it required reading for the RCIA program I coordinated. I couldn’t help myself. If there was one area in which people seemed most confused it was the Catholic vision of...

In Blackwater Woods

November is, for me, a month associated with death and dying. On November 1, we celebrate the feast of the all the Saints. In addition to celebration, I remember the due date of the baby we lost. He would have turned three on November 1, 2012. How fitting that the 2nd is a day of remembrance...

#Ivoted

So wow. How about that election, huh? Don’t worry all you election weary people; this post is not going to go into a political recap complete with my personal impressions of party platforms, voter turnout, the Electoral College, etc, etc, etc. In the words of Hank Hill, I think we’ve all...

New Catholic Podcast...

Greg and Jennifer Willits, co-hosts of the Catholics Next Door, formerly on the Sirius/XM Satellite Radio Catholic Channel, announced the re-launch of their podcast program of the same name on Monday. “In the past, podcasts have been the number one way we’ve been able to support...