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”…


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…


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…


The Colors of Reality

March 15, 2017

“The world is not black and white!”  This is a claim you will hear often if try to argue about morality, especially if you venture into some of the hot topics in Church teaching.  Interestingly enough, these almost always have something to with sexuality, but that is a post for another time.  For now, let’s think about the comparison of our moral lives to color. Believe it or not, not everyone…


Giving Up Screen Time

March 6, 2017

Three months ago I shared with you a post entitled “St. Lucy, Patroness of the Smartphone Generation.” It focused on my desire to take a step back from screentime in Advent (or Lent-lite). Now that Lent is here, I thought it may be a good time for me to revisit my own advice. For my own Lenten journey I have discerned and decided that I need to detach from my…


Choosing Life in Abundance

January 24, 2017

The pro-life movement is extremely important, but often times I believe it is vastly misunderstood, even by some of its greatest advocates.  We need to realize that to be for life is bigger than just saving babies or fighting to recognize the rights of the elderly (all of which are extremely important). If I claim to be truly pro-life, then I must be willing to uphold the dignity of life…first and foremost within my own heart.  …


Divine Aspirations and Active Contemplation

January 4, 2017

Ever heard of the Introduction to the Devout Life by St. Francis de Sales?  I’m reading it now and it really is a fantastic book for anyone looking to make a serious start (or restart) of their spiritual life. Combining practical tips with solid theology and great analogies, this book is meant to be a guide for ordinary people to begin to grow in holiness.  Really, the Universal Call to Holiness advocated by…


#goals #2017 #hashtag

January 2, 2017

New Year, New You, right? January tends to bring out both the Type A and the idealist in most of us… creating goals on goals on goals, imagining a new life where all of our dreams come true, or idealizing this image of who we think we should be or could be if we just finally tried. For most of us 2017 is already beginning on a complicated note… the…