The Prayer That Changed My (Sex) Life

My husband and I are a CCL-certified NFP (Natural Family Planning) teaching couple. And as such, we like to share a little TMI sometimes… 

Hey there, husbands and wives. You should pray before sex.

Hey, Sara. You’re nuts. That’s awkward and weird.

I know. Do it anyway. It changed my (sex) life and it will change yours.

Okay, well… how?

I’ll tell you how. Beware: you might blush. Continue reading “The Prayer That Changed My (Sex) Life”

How I Was Set Free From the Darkness of Depression

I’m not a doctor or a therapist.  I can’t diagnose or treat depression.  I can only offer you encouragement and thoughts from my own personal experiences.   If you’re suffering from depression, please seek professional help (I highly recommend Pastoral Solutions Institute tele-counseling services).  If you’re experiencing suicidal thoughts, please call 911 or the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 immediately.

I remember the darkness.

The whole family had gathered around the dining room table. It was a typical holiday meal overflowing with food and fun.

But to me their mirth was raucous laughter. Their conversation was frivolous and obnoxious. Their jokes were abhorrent.

I couldn’t stand to be in their company.

So I grabbed my plate and retreated to the kitchen to pick at my meal in sullen silence. Continue reading “How I Was Set Free From the Darkness of Depression”

The Mass: 2 things you know and 1 that will blow your mind

A reflection on the Mass in the context of Holy Week.

We go to Mass every Sunday or more.  We know the routine so well we sometimes go on auto-pilot.  We receive the Eucharist habitually.  And we lose our sense of awe and mystery.

I’m here to bring it back today.

Let’s start with what we know. Continue reading “The Mass: 2 things you know and 1 that will blow your mind”

How To Live the Dream the World Doesn’t Understand

What looking back at a sacrificed career can teach you about your vocation as a wife and mom.

Forget the perfect Pinterest project, by the time you change every diaper that needs changing, feed the starving animals you call your children, put the cushions back on the couch for the thousandth time, toss every LEGO block back in the bin, feed those children again, teach them their letters, feed them again, brush their teeth, tuck them in bed, tell them to get back in bed – you don’t have the energy left to stay awake until a reasonable adult bedtime, so you’re passed out in your spit-up-covered jeans on top of the bedspread at 7:59.

Well I give you credit, you almost made it to 8:00. Continue reading “How To Live the Dream the World Doesn’t Understand”

Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration

Jesus waits in the Tabernacle, saying, “Let the little children come to me.”  Bring your kids to Mass and Adoration!

I can almost feel the disapproving glares of the parishioners behind me burning holes in the back of my head, but I don’t dare turn and look.

Continue reading “Why (And How) to Bring Your Kids to Adoration”

The 5-Minute Sacrifice for Lent

A personal devotion that has helped me have fail-free Lents and grow in relationship with Jesus.

What to sacrifice for Lent?  I’ve tried giving up all the standard things.  Chocolate, caffeine, Facebook…

But I always worry my sacrifices aren’t good enough. So, as Lent approaches, I choose harder and harder sacrifices until suddenly, I’ve picked an acceptably impossible penance.

Because there’s nothing quite like “failing Lent,” right?  Needless to say, I’ve never cold-turkeyed something for Lent and stuck with it the whole 40 days. Continue reading “The 5-Minute Sacrifice for Lent”

Real Modesty is for Everyone: 4 Things You Need to Know

Modesty is so much more than a dress code.  Explore Fr. Hardon’s four aspects of modesty: humility, studiousness, modest dress, and modest behavior.

The internet is raging with modesty debates: whether or not leggings are pants, whether or not women should wear tank tops, how many inches are allowed here or there before the fabric kicks in.

When we think of modesty, we often think only of determining the guidelines of appropriate dress for women. While this is vitally important, modesty is so much more than just a dress code, and modesty is not just a virtue for women.

Today let’s explore what modesty means for all faithful Christians (men and women alike).

Continue reading “Real Modesty is for Everyone: 4 Things You Need to Know”