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…


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…


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…


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…


A Pious Visit

May 31, 2017

Pentecost is almost upon us. It is the day when the Spirit was poured out on the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary.  It is the birth of the Church.  It is the beginning of our universal mission.  It is the reason for the Sacrament of Confirmation.  But, it is also the reason that we should love our country, our families, and all those joined to us in faith. Allow me…


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…


Media in the Mourning

March 29, 2017

“How did she end up doing something like that?…  What is her life like now?… Do they know what they are really worth?” These thoughts, and others like them, are an valuable part of the process of recovering from pornography.  Whether they come on their own as part of a bigger change or they are questions you force yourself to ask, thoughts such as this humanize and, in some sense,…


The Luck of the Irish and the Will of the Catholic

March 16, 2017

[Disclaimer: I in no way mean to imply by this article that Bishops do not have the rightful authority to dispense people from the meat fast on St. Patrick’s day this year.] Maybe it’s because I used to live in New Orleans, worked in a Catholic parish, went to seminary, and have basically only made friends for the last 10 years or so that are active and die-hard Catholics, but…


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…


Through a Mother’s Eyes

March 3, 2017

  The silence of Lent can be deafening. The pressure and privilege to strip it all away… to do more with less… to suffer in small, secret sacrifices… The season is striking. An intentional time of retreat, of penance, of desert-living. Its austerity is both alluring and alarming. Lent reminds us both of what we truly can do without during the year and the quiet, solitude, and stillness we have…