Beyond My Comfort (F...

It is very appropriate, I think, that I received my diagnosis of wheat and milk allergies during Lent, three years ago. After all, I was already in a mode of Lenten sacrifice, and it felt good and natural to cut out these foods from my life and stick to a very basic diet. Also, I had been very...

The Ministry of Food

If food is the means by which Christ reaches out to sinners and gathers His Church, then we too must see food as a ministry.

Natural Family Plann...

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of...

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...

Look Really Cute and...

Here are some of my tips for eating as much as you want and never worrying about weight… it’s all just added cuteness. Make sure your ingredients are all natural. I make sure mine are not processed, not artificial, straight from the source and unaltered. Nature knows best I say. Have food...

Just Food Is Not Eno...

Before my baby was born in April, I had carefully been reading and rereading Gina Ford’s The Contented Little Baby Book. It consists of several routines for feeding and sleeping from newborn to one year. I made little “cheat sheets” of printed out routines, ready to go and ready to...

St. John Paul II on ...

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since this website features the Catholic perspective on young adult concerns, and since depression is a growing mental health concern among young adults, I decided to write about the address of Pope (now Saint) John Paul II to participants in the 18th...

NCAA Basketball and ...

By the time you are reading this, we will have crowned a new NCAA champion; since the final four has not yet happened while I write, that team could be Kentucky, Florida, Wisconsin, or Connecticut. Most of us are familiar with the events which will happen this weekend: Saturday night will have...

The Difference Betwe...

*Warning* I’m an unabashed fan of hockey. I am biased, and I do believe hockey is not only the best sport but the most analogous to Catholicism. Imagine my delight when I discovered Alyssa Bormes book, “The Catechism of Hockey,” which is published by The American Chesterton...

Emotions: A Human Th...

Last month, a fellow blogger asked me what I — as a woman — think it means to be a man. So in a comment on his blog, I wrote the following: I could write a whole post (and perhaps I will after I finish my book!). But here’s what comes to mind at first: A man uses words to...

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...

Cardinal Dolan, Can ...

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot...

Tyrannical Charity

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished...

Perks of Embarrassme...

After almost a year of ballet I’m still super horrible. I never realized how physically demanding it was, how literally every muscle in your body has to be in control and your mind has to juggle a litany of steps. I didn’t know progress would be so slow and I didn’t know I...

The Allure Of the Cr...

Flax oil was the gateway.  When I got engaged two years ago and signed up for Natural Family Planning courses, I received a hefty box containing workbooks, charts, a thermometer, and most interestingly, the book Fertility, Cycles, and Nutrition by Marilyn Shannon.  Figuring the months...

HGH and Contraceptio...

Imagine living in a desert of burning sand. Sand so hot that any hotter it turns to glass. Now imagine that scorching drops of fire fall from the sky and the only way to escape these fiery flakes is to continue running. Now imagine that this episode lasts for all eternity.

You’re Insane

For months, I sat in the dark in the middle of the night nursing our sleepless baby and watching Insanity infomercials. There was nothing else on at 2 am. Motherhood taught me that early morning television is a vapid wasteland of mind rot. Who knew? I was inspired. My atrophied, postpartum...

The Failure Rate

I have been told more times than I can count that if I were truly against abortion I would have to be pro-contraception. "Contraception prevents unwanted pregnancies," the argument goes, "so putting women on reliable birth control would cut down on unwanted pregnancies and there would be fewer abortions."

Save Camp Gargano!

A Catholic Retreat Center for Men is in Danger of being shut down! You Can Help! The mission of Camp Gargano is to strengthen and encourage men body, mind and soul and to awaken the spiritual warrior. The mission of CAMP GARGANO is important in our world today. Strengthening and encouraging...

Ballet Diaries

When I was little I’d wear tutus around the house and pretend I was a famous Prima Ballerina twirling in grace and splendor. I thought that maybe one day I would just wake up and I’d be graceful and splendid if I just wished hard enough. At some point I decided that perhaps I should take...

Tim Tebow, a Source ...

Just about everybody in the nation has an opinion about Tim Tebow so I thought I’d weigh in. Tebow is one of the most polarizing figures in modern sports.  Sure, other NFL Quarterbacks are Christians, such as Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers and Kurt Warner but nobody else wears their faith on...

Tell THAT to the NUN...

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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...

Happy Birthday, Mary...

As it turns out, Mary is one of my favorite writing topics. I have always been fascinated by her, for obvious reasons. Suspend reality for a minute: if anyone ever “proved” Christianity was not the Truth, then billions of people would have been duped by a 13-year-old pregnant girl....

Thrift, Justice, and...

My husband, patient soul, is not a big fan of documentaries.  They’re often dull, they’re seldom short, and they’re typically liberal.  (Why is it, for example, that the punchline of every documentary made since 1996, regardless of topic, boils down to “stop having...