On Epiphany, we celebrate the day the Magi found Christ. Even though this was their first encounter with the Lord, I doubt it was the end of their journey.
A true encounter with Christ initiates a lifetime of seeking and following him. I have no doubt that the Magi returned to their homeland, inspired to orient their lives to service of Christ the King.
Continue reading “Epiphany: The Journey Has Just Begun”
#MyMassTakeaway for the 4th Sunday of Advent, December 23, 2018. Find the Mass readings here.
Something struck me when I heard the priest pray these words at the consecration during Mass today: “Make holy therefore these gifts by sending down your spirit upon them like the dewfall.”
Images flooded my mind.
Continue reading “Send Down Your Spirit Like the Dewfall”
Today’s the 3rd Sunday of Advent.
Find the Mass Readings here: 3rd Sunday in Advent, December 16, 2018
Continue reading “Gaudete Sunday: Hang In There, Friends”
This post is not about snow.
Our elderly neighbor, Miss H., waved from her mailbox across the street. We decided to stop over real quick before heading out to the grocery store.
“It’s going to snow tonight!” my 5 year old informed her with a smile on her face.
Miss H.’s eyes wrinkled, “Oh,” she said, “I don’t like the snow much. It’s difficult for me to get out for my mail.” She shifted her weight on her cane. My kids, undeterred, regaled her with stories about their favorite snow day activities.
Continue reading “Empathy, Compassion, and Love Like the Trinity”
5 Steps to Help Catholics Discern Whether to Listen to Christian Music.
My husband walked into the living room, stood there for a minute, then interrupted me mid-lip-sync with, “That song is heretical.”
Dude. Thank you for ruining my Jeremy Camp dance party.
I loved the tune, and the words flowed, so I had cranked up “Same Power” to help make the cooking and sweeping and more pleasant.
Hey, it’s Christian music. Better than all the pop garbage I could be listening to. How bad can it be?
As I stood there, staring at my husband with open mouth, wrinkled forehead and upturned palms, I reluctantly realized: he had a good point. Continue reading “That Song is Heretical – Should Catholics Listen to “Christian Music”?”
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I just joined my first Bible study ever this fall, and I’m hooked.
I’ve got a go-to group of friends! Which is super exciting, because I’m finally getting settled in our new town and it’s time to be building that connection.
We aren’t all in the same place, and that’s a good thing. I love meeting the established moms who have so much wisdom and encouragement. And the moms on the same page as me who can fist bump to my unkempt hair and slightly frazzled entrances into a room.
But we all have something in common: we love Jesus. We want to learn about him and know him better. We want to follow him more closely with our lives.
Continue reading “Beautiful Scripture Journals for Catholic Women”
“Look, Mom,” my 6yo Son, Hero, whisper-exclaims as he snuggles into my arm, “It’s your favorite part of Mass!”
The priest elevates the host, proclaiming, “Behold the Lamb of God! Behold him who takes away the sins of the world.”
That part of Mass gets me every time. Continue reading “Behold the Lamb of God: My Favorite Part of Mass”
Staying Faithful to the Church through Scandal
I hate it.
I hate that the people who were supposed to be leading the faithful to Jesus have hurt them. Abused them.
I hate that so many of our priests and bishops have put such a stumbling block in the path of our trust in the Church.
It’s a hard time to be Catholic. Continue reading “Meditation: It’s a Hard Time to be Catholic”
About this time last year I found out I was pregnant with our fourth child.
Since I was at the tail end of treatment for depression, my doctor let me instantly wean off my meds. Morning sickness plus the awful disorienting feeling I experienced from quitting antidepressants was a rough combination.
But it was welcome suffering compared to the pain of waiting for a child that would not come. Continue reading “It Still Hurts – A Story of Temporary Secondary Infertility”
Today’s the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Find the Mass Readings here: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 8, 2018 Continue reading “#MyMassTakeaway: A Thorn in My Side”