Eating PeachesLent: Because We All Know It’s About Fasting and Giving Stuff Up, Right?
What are you doing for Lent? The question is on most of our minds, with more or less grudging, whether due to our own awareness or because our priests and friends and mothers have been asking us of late. As a Catholic convert, the concept of Lent was rather nebulous when I entered the Church [Read More...]
Jappers and JanglersBeing Forgiven
Last night the deacon’s homily emphasized the reciprocal nature of forgiveness: we forgive so that we ourselves may be forgiven. Without question, this is a beautiful sentiment. But we typically only understand it in one direction: if I forgive others, I will be forgiven by the Lord, my god. Again, lovely, and probably the hardest [Read More...]
suspended in her jartalking to my child about privilege
My son, usually very relaxed about conversations on topics of justice, rolled his eyes. "But mom, I didn't do any of those things! I think it was awful that those things happened, but it was a long time ago, and it wasn't me! So why are you saying I'm supposed to feel guilty about it."
A Contemplative FaithIt’s Not Too Late to Select Your Lenten Reading!
In chapter 48 of his Rule for Monasteries, St. Benedict instructs monks to read a book during Lent. During the days of Lent, they should be free in the morning to read until the third hour… each one is to receive a book from the library, and is to read the whole of it straight through. These [Read More...]
The OrantFifty Ways Catholics are Working on Ending Hunger Today!
Over the past year I have been working closely with Catholic organizations active all across the United States to try to encourage their work to end hunger. This process has filled... [Read More]
Biblical Evidence for CatholicismThe Bible on Confession & Absolution
The Confession (1838), by Giuseppe Molteni (1800-1867) [Wikimedia Commons / Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license] * * * * * One technique or method I... [Read More]
The Deacon's BenchWhy do Catholics have to get married in church?
That’s the gist of this piece by writer Cara McDonough, who raises a question that’s increasingly common these days. I get several calls a year from people who ask if I can do... [Read More]
Jappers and JanglersConfessions of a Catholic Anarchist in Trump’s America
(“Duelo a garrotazos,” or “Fight with Cudgels” by Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, 1819-1823. Source: Wikimedia, Creative Commons License). Yesterday I had six hours of class—six... [Read More]
Jane the Actuary
Biblical Evidence for Catholicism
Catholic and Enjoying It!
Faith on the Couch