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Media in the Mourning

“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,…


March Madness and the Spiritual Life

The internet is a weird place, but sometimes it does great things.  This week, my Facebook “On this Day” has been showing me pictures and memories of last year’s Holy Week.  Mixed in with memories of our last Holy Week of Darkness, I’ve also been seeing lots of updates and stories about March Madness.  So after a couple of days of that, I got to thinking about the mix between…


Review: GARDEN, An Original Love Story

Taking a break from what had been a 60+ hour work week, I headed south to my second favorite city in the world, New Orleans, LA, for some much needed entertainment and inspiration. Little did I know that sitting down to enjoy an original musical production from my friends at Dumb Ox Ministries would rock my world (literally) and move my heart so deeply. Inspired by the writings of St….


The Colors of Reality

“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…


The Agony

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…


Recommended Reading for Lent and Holy Week

Over the years, one of the authors I find myself going back to again and again is the now Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen.  For Catholics of my generation (born in the 1980s), Sheen isn’t as well-known as he ought to be.  I say that because if you grew any time between the 1930s and the 1960s, Fulton Sheen was the most well-recognized Catholic in America.  In fact, even Billy…


A Lent of Languid Love

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…


Giving Up Screen Time

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…


Through a Mother’s Eyes

  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…


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