The Other Side of Pi...

Many of us have been pilgrims, walking the paths saints have trod before us. How many of us have been saints, treading paths worthy of pilgrims yet to come? We can fly over land and sea, at great discomfort, and greater expense, to see the places sanctified by Brother Francis’ simple...

My Husband Isn’...

My husband isn’t trained to pause his video game and come downstairs to greet me when I get home after a long day. My husband isn’t trained to take out the trash. My husband isn’t trained to put his dishes in the dishwasher and set it to run. My husband isn’t trained to...

When Repentance Look...

“Rising very early before dawn, he left and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed. Simon and those who were with him pursued him and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.” -Mark 1:35-37   Any parent who has planned to get up “before the kids” in order to...

To what is God calli...

Discerning God’s will in our lives can be a difficult and confusing endeavor most of the  time. I can still remember hearing the many epic tales about the heroic Saints in our Church’s life and thinking, “If I really love God, wouldn’t I do the same? Wouldn’t I give up everything,...

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...

It Isn’t Mine

There is a tendency in ministry to talk about what we do as “ours” or “mine”. I’ve fallen into that trap more times than I can count. My ministry is growing or my program has seen much change and improvement. Wrong. This ministry I’m blessed to work with...

Go Home and Love You...

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one...

Pope Francis’ Missio...

By Sarah Summers Granger “I dream of a missionary impulse capable of transforming everything.” – Pope Francis Ten years ago, I didn’t want a transformative impulse. I wanted stability, peace, a small dose of the Holy Spirit – just enough to keep me on the straight and...

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...

Children of God: Les...

The other night at bedtime, I vowed not to read any stories to anyone who did not clean up their toys.  When they saw that there was no possible appeal of this horrible sentence, my children climbed up in the rocking chair together and read each other a story.  Even though they were...

Ask and it will be G...

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the...

The Myth of 100%

With my own marriage mere weeks old now, I can’t help but reflect on this notion that you have to be 100% sure about the person you are going to marry before you get engaged. Somehow this notion of “100% certainty” has taken over with many of my friends near and far. Allow...

“My Kids Ruin ...

Today I scrubbed grape slushee off my floor and my children, washed out a pair of superhero undies in the sink of a public bathroom, removed a splinter from the foot of a one-year-old, restocked an entire dresser with clothes which had been strewn willy-nilly during the few minutes I had tried...

Those That Came Befo...

To all of those who came before: Thank you. Thank you for having the courage to end things, even though it may have been hard. Thank you for recognizing that I wasn’t “The One,” even if I told you that idea was insane. Thank you for letting me go so that God could bring...

Tongue Twisters and ...

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy...

Sacramental Marriage...

Chatting with a friend recently, we remarked that having children had made us each realize the value of a Catholic spouse. We both marveled that we had once considered the possibility of compromising. In college, it was easy to flirt with the idea of dating—and even marrying—someone who...

A Philosophy of Styl...

As Catholics, we know that we have a call to be “in the world, not of the world.” I find that many use this catchy phrase as a way to relieve some of the burden of living in the world, reminding us that living in the secular world is temporary and we can make it. I believe many lay...

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...

In Defense of “...

Simcha Fisher responded to my article. Simcha Fisher. I was thrilled to hear that I’d gotten the attention of Mrs. Fisher and that she had not only read my piece, but had decided that it was good enough – or bad enough – to merit a response on her part. After reading her response and the...

My Desire for Marria...

As I approach ordination to the Diaconate after 12 years in the seminary it’s easy to think about the many “what ifs” in my life. Things such as career, money, jobs, a wife, children, and even a permanent home are things I’ve given up in pursuit of this call. A call, however,...