Right Where We Are Wrong: My Ongoing Conversion

There is something weighty in the decision to become Catholic. One knows that it is somehow intrinsically different than joining any denomination. [Read more…]

Right Where We Are Wrong: Being Reformed by the Church

There is something weighty in the decision to become Catholic. One knows that it is somehow intrinsically different than joining any denomination. There would not have been trepidation before leaving my Methodist congregation to become a Baptist or a Non-Denominational, or an Anglican. Yet there were gasps and cautions expressed when I talked about becoming a Catholic. [Read more…]

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A Majority of Marriages are Invalid? Let’s Talk About It.

You can’t enter an intimate, exclusive, indissoluble union if you are already in an intimate, exclusive, indissoluble union. But we also understand that not every union out there meets the criteria of what we call a marriage. [Read more…]

Forgiveness doesn’t Preclude Justice.

We must forgive. In fact, in the Lord’s Prayer our own forgiveness is tied to how well we forgive: “Forgive us our trespasses as [in the same way] we forgive those who trespass against us.”

But too often we conflate forgiveness with mercy, passivity, and reconciliation. [Read more…]

‘Don’t Talk About the Baby’ #ShatterTheStigma

That first night, when I went to bless my children, and I came to where her name was supposed to be, I broke down in heaving sobs. The only other time in my life that I’ve wept with such intensity was 17 years earlier on the day I signed away my rights to my eldest daughter, giving her up for adoption. I lost my child, and nothing could be done about it. [Read more…]

The Sea of Grief and the Ship of Belief

You never really get over the loss of a child. The grief doesn’t ever work itself out; it just hibernates for a while. And it only takes one misstep from someone who doesn’t understand, some transgression from a friend of family member, to plunge you back into the depths of that sorrow. Tonight, I had to explain to my children why their dad was shouting words-that-they’ve-never-heard-in-their-short-little-lives during nap time. [Read more…]