Why you should join the Sunday Choir
Catholic, Church, Music

Why you should join the Sunday Choir

Choir membership has been the low point of my career as a Music Minister. I am fairly comfortable with just about every other part of my work, but recruitment is not my forte (music nerds, see what I did there?). This year, I've given myself a little bit of a break to focus on domestic… Continue reading Why you should join the Sunday Choir


Peace, Trust, and Waterslides

Water pressed my head back. Twisting and turning, I lost all sense of direction. Panic set it when I realized I was totally out of control. All I felt was water, speed, and moderate rage at my husband for getting me in this predicament. Snippets of various prayers flashed through my memory as I wished… Continue reading Peace, Trust, and Waterslides

America's Pastor on Millenials
Catholic, Culture

America’s Pastor on Millenials

A few hours ago, America began it's final farewell to the Reverend Billy Graham. I'll confess, before learning of his passing last week, I'd never really given him much thought. Mostly I saw him as the archetype of the Protestant revival preacher. Over the last week, though, I began tuning into the tribute channel on… Continue reading America’s Pastor on Millenials

Be an Excellent Mom
Catholic, Culture, Parenting

Working to Be an Excellent Mom

I love Latin, I really really do. I love that we have a common language to speak about matters of our Faith, and it's an absolutely gorgeous language to sing in. But when it comes to philosophy, Latin falls short. Ancient Greek is so much more effective and precise. They fit complex concepts and teachings… Continue reading Working to Be an Excellent Mom

Which Works of Mercy are right for you?
Catholic, Culture, Politics

Which Works of Mercy are right for you?

Last week, I was updating my personal facebook and came across an unfortunate entry into my "Favorite Quotes" from Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged. She and I have long since ceased being on speaking terms (although I still think it's a good story albeit with horrible morals), but seeing that quote reminded me of the first hint I… Continue reading Which Works of Mercy are right for you?

Catholic, Culture, Marriage

Feel free to get sappy

It's almost the end of National Marriage Week, and since marriage is one of my favorite things ever, I had to get in on this. One of my gurus, John Gottman of Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus (solid book, 10/10 would recommend) talked quite a bit about the relationship ratio. For any relationship… Continue reading Feel free to get sappy

Better Love Stories
Catholic, Culture, Marriage

Better Love Stories

One of my favorite experiences from college was helping to run a psychology study where we were looking at the effects of being exposed to sexualized images. It turned out that for both men and women, after being exposed to sexualized images, they were likely to objectify women in any scenario. I don't know if… Continue reading Better Love Stories

Every Supermom Needs a Justice League
Catholic, Church, Parenting

Every Supermom Needs a Justice League

Pathetic. That's how I felt sitting in the hallway with my two rambunctious boys while everyone else got to sit in church. Every now and then, a self-pitying tear fell. I just wanted to take my boys to Mass on a weekday. All the other moms do it, some with four times as many kids… Continue reading Every Supermom Needs a Justice League

Hey Devil, You're Fake News!
Catholic, Culture, Politics, saints

Hey Devil, You’re Fake News!

Last week for World Communications Day, Pope Francis released a statement saying that "fake news" is as old as the Garden of Eden. He urged the faithful to share information responsibly. He said that the spread of fake news leads to an increase of arrogance and hatred. He's right. Everyone went bananas about the statement. Fox,… Continue reading Hey Devil, You’re Fake News!

Catholic, Marriage

Conflict of Desire is a Good Thing!

Disclaimer: I'm not a theologian, I'm a very novice Theology of the Body aficionado. This is meant to start a discussion, not to proclaim dogma. Please do feel free to discuss! Second disclaimer: I'm talking about married sex here. Just thought you might want to be warned. Now on to the sweeping generalization!  Sweeping generalization: in… Continue reading Conflict of Desire is a Good Thing!