Netflix or Nothing: Our Need for the Void

August 17, 2017

Netflix is the Devil! Is that a startling enough headline for you?  I’m exaggerating, of course, but only by a little. Personally, it’s easy for me to lose hours upon hours to Netflix or other similar streaming services.  Even when there wasn’t a show that got me excited, I would come back like the bored man to his fridge.  I know what’s in the fridge – I’ve basically memorized it…

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Edel-wise: Top 10 Questions About #Edel17

August 7, 2017

  This weekend I attended a women’s event co-founded by Jennifer Fulwiler and Hallie Lord called the Edel Gathering. The people in my life had a lot of questions. What is an edel? Named for the gathering’s patroness Venerable Edel Quinn (P.S. Has anyone else ever noticed that the word patroness looks a lot like patronus?) According to Jennifer Fulwiler’s radio interview with my boss, the name “Catholic Lady Gathering”…

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Catholics, Yoga, and Words

August 2, 2017

You know, words are a funny thing.  That’s important to remember when we ask questions about Catholics and Yoga. That’s because, I think, much of the problem will come down to what we mean by the word “yoga.”  I can’t speak for other languages and cultures, but American English at least has a pretty nasty track record of dragging words through a whole bunch of meanings before leaving them, muddy…

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Looking for the Clearance Rack

July 30, 2017

“Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.” Matthew 13: 45-46 One thing that has always baffled me about the Gospels is Jesus’ analogies using money or wealth… doesn’t He know us inside and out? Every hair on our head counted and such? We tend to be a…

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Ancient Wisdom for Trusting the Father

July 10, 2017

“Trust. Trust. Trust…” the priest says to me through the grill of the confessional. Why is trust so hard for us? And where do we turn to grow in trust? A new place that I have been looking is not new at all, but rather OLD… quite literally. We all love stories… otherwise binge-watching would not be the new national pastime. We get caught up in the stories—we want to…

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Who Am I to Judge?

July 3, 2017

Two weeks ago I found myself arriving at the last possible minute to the last chance mass in town. Rolling in at 6:59PM, I took my seat on the floor in the lobby with the other standing-room-only mass attendees (I counted over 100 of us lining the back walls, the hallways, and the lobby floor by the time mass was over). It happens. Listening to the mass without seeing the…

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Ross Poldark and the Beauty of Ordinary Time

June 22, 2017

I’ve recently begun to watch the BBC’s Poldark, a period drama set in the UK at the end of the 1700s.  The series follows Ross Poldark, whose family name gives him entry into the well-to-do of Cornwall.  But Ross, after fighting and nearly dying in the Revolutionary War, returns with a different view toward society.  Rather than follow the typical model his family expects, or moving away from Cornwall due…

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Freedom in the Forest

June 21, 2017

As I write this, I am in one of my favorite places in the world: Camps Kahdalea & Chosatonga.  It’s a pair of superb wilderness camps nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Parkway at the edge of the Pisgah National Forest.  Staffed by an exceptional group of counselors, these camps take seriously the modifier “wilderness.”  They expose youth aged 8-18 to a wide array of adventurous activities from…

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Pride, Prejudice, and… Eunuchs?

June 14, 2017

  So June is a big month for Catholics As you may know, it is the month of the Sacred Heart.  Some of the biggest and best liturgical feasts (excepting Easter) usually happen during this month.  The Trinity, Corpus Christi, The Sacred Heart (hence the month’s dedication), the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and the Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul (June 29), not to mention a whole host of other…

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My Baby Sister and the Peacock

June 12, 2017

As the plane backs out of the Atlanta airport gate, I’m reminded (thanks facebook On This Day) that I was in this same airport exactly 4 years earlier about to embark on a fabulous pilgrimage (read: vacation) with my “second family” the Metrejeans. But this story really starts in 2012. I changed jobs, got unengaged, put an offer on a house, and travelled overseas for the first time all within…

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