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…


Peter & Judas: Punishment vs. Reparation

April 12, 2017

What’s the difference?  Judas betrays Jesus, but Peter denies him.  Judas turns his back on the Lord, but 10 of the others were nowhere to be seen after the Garden. Yet, we venerate 11 Apostles (and the replacement 12th) as great saints but we speak only of Judas in hushed tones and as a stern warning.  What is the difference between these two cases of sin and guilt? The answer…


The Agony

March 10, 2017

A few years ago I offered a college women’s book study based on Dr. Ted Sri’s work The New Rosary in Scripture. I supplemented Sri’s delightful introduction to the mysteries of the rosary with the Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Life of Christ. The combination was life-changing for several of the young women in my group. For the next 5 Fridays, I invite you to join me in taking a deeper look…


A Lent of Languid Love

March 8, 2017

Have you failed in your Lenten penance yet?  I have… and it wasn’t even a fight.  I just kind of shrugged it off.  Then I dragged myself to bed, falling asleep while pondering what the Lord must think of this half-hearted priest.  And in the morning, there he was, waiting for me in the chapel.  What did I have to say for myself?  Would this be yet another morning of…


It’s All Greek to Me…

February 6, 2017

This week marks one of my favorite events of the year–and no, I am not talking about the Super Bowl, at least not since 2010. This weekend will be the 5th Annual Ragin’ Cajun Catholics Greek Retreat!! Having worked in some form of ministry for the last twenty years (“Twenty years!? Katie, you must have started when you were five!”), few events have personally moved me like the birth of University…


Dylan Roof and God’s Mercy

January 12, 2017

Earlier this week, Dylan Roof was sentenced to death for his mass shooting of church members in South Carolina a year and a half ago.  Roof had been invited to a Bible study and used the opportunity to kill nine people.  His case is not over yet, as he still has to go through a state trial, and it will likely be a very long time before he is executed….


Pope Francis and the “Apostolate of the Ear”

December 22, 2016

The last few days have been a welcome reprieve for me from my normal routine.  My “normal” involves often having to read two or three books each week, or the equivalent thereof by a hodgepodge of articles.  Being in a PhD program sucks a lot of my energy out, so my short breaks between semesters allow me to get some rest and also catch up on that somewhat mythological idea…