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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Crying in Church

July 23, 2017

I was having one of those weeks… you know the ones, just the idea of your to do list makes you break out in a cold sweat. Breathing gets more difficult. Waves of anxiety hit you as your blood pressure creeps up with each passing day of Summer. “A month of Sundays” one friend very aptly commented. Yes. That Sunday night feeling that started somewhere in 4th grade because you…

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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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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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Stirring Things Up, Part Deux

June 5, 2017

Pentecost was always a feast day that made a lot of sense to me. Growing up in southern Louisiana it would not be surprising at all to see 12 guys and their mama stumbling out of an attic appearing a little drunk even though it’s only 9 in the morning. After spending this week reflecting on Steven, I mean–the Holy Spirit (see Stirring Things Up, Part I), I stumbled upon…

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Stirring Things Up

May 28, 2017

Okay, I have a confession… I’m already behind on my Holy Spirit Novena… you know, the O.G. Novena… the reason we pray novenas… the novena that calls to mind those original 9 days that Our Lady sat with her son’s bffs as they waited for the arrival of the Holy Spirit… yeah, that one. Already behind. It’s Day 3. My Sunday was a day like no other in my life… I…

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The “Liturgical Option”

February 16, 2017

In some wings of the internet, a lot of talk has been going on in recent years about the Benedict Option.  The idea comes from a famous book on moral philosophy by Alasdair MacIntyre called After Virtue.  After spending a couple hundred pages talking about the disintegration of moral and ethical dialogue in the West, MacIntyre notes that the only hope for a savior who can restore some kind of sense…

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Happy Galentine’s Day 2017!

February 13, 2017

What’s Galentine’s Day?? I’ll leave the explanation to its creator, Leslie Knope of Parks & Recreation: “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year. Every February 13th, my lady friends and I leave our husbands and our boyfriends at home, and we just come and kick it, breakfast-style. Ladies celebrating ladies. It’s like Lilith Fair, minus the angst. Plus frittatas.” While I personally think there is no level of…

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A Frame is Worth a Thousand Words

February 8, 2017

Getting the Picture Not too long ago, I acquired this lovely picture for my office.  I purchased it from Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome where that famous statue is still housed.  Of course, when I purchased it, it was simply a poster that cost me a mere 5 euros.  That lovely frame you see around it?  Way more.  But which is more important?  I think most people will say…

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