Death Owns a Wasted Kingdom

  Christendom has fallen. It is no more. It isn’t fatalistic to say that. It isn’t hopeless to admit it. It’s a good thing to realize when and where we are in history, so we can do what is being asked of us right now. These people aren’t our enemies. We shouldn’t fear them or [Read More...]

An Open Letter to My Mother, Regarding Her Gymnophobia

Dear Mom, I know things have been rough between us lately. I know that you have been been emotionally volatile about the direction I’ve chosen to take my life. I understand that you don’t agree with it and that you would prefer I go in a more “socially acceptable” direction. But this is not a [Read More...]

Poop and Charity

I learned something really important today: a good friend lets you clean up your own messes. Not all the time, maybe. And not in totality. But it’s actually charitable to let someone take care of their own shite. Literally, in this case. Today I went next door to have coffee with my friend and let [Read More...]

Conversations with the Ogre

The Ogre: “Babe, I love you, but we have to be up in five and a half hours. We must stop talking and go to bed.” Me: “I know! I know it’s super late and we’re both super tired. I just really, really love hanging out with you.” The Ogre: “Trust me, I know. I [Read More...]

Pope to Preside over Marriage of Really Bad Sinners

  Among the men and women Pope Francis was set to unite in marriage were Catholics who have been living together as well as couples who already have children.The pope, who is the bishop of Rome, will preside over his first wedding ceremony as pontiff during a nuptial Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica Sept. 14. [Read More...]

Late to Love and Audio Divina

Sam Rocha sent me an advance copy of Late to Love at the beginning of August. Unlike 99% of reviews I write, this one is not shamefully late because I totally forgot about the review material until I unearthed it from a stack of mail I had been carefully avoiding. I stuck the cd in [Read More...]

Private Revelation and Divine Facepalm

So I went on a silent retreat this weekend. Trust me, you’re not as shocked as I was. But I went anyway, and over the course of 42 excruciatingly silent hours, God and I had the following conversation: Friday, 9:10 pm God: “You have a great capacity for love.” Me: “What? Er, uh, thanks, God, [Read More...]

I Actually Lit Something On Fire

Remember how I talked about karma the other day? Remember how when I don’t like something I usually say it should be “lit on fire”? Remember when I actually combined those two things in one post? This morning, I was industriously preparing dinner to put in the slow cooker like a good housewife. The sun [Read More...]

Parenting, for Real

If there’s anything I’ve learned in my 8.5 years of parenting, it’s that the fervency with which I decry certain aspects of modern American parenting directly correlates to how loudly I will be able to hear God laughing later on, when I eat my words. When I was pregnant with Sienna, we laid down all [Read More...]

This Is Not A Wet T-Shirt Contest

Is what I thoughtlessly told Sienna yesterday  when her “clothes that can get wet” ended up being a white t-shirt and white pants. Lucky for me, she was so excited about the prospect of pouring ice water over our heads that she didn’t even ask what a wet t-shirt contest is, deo gratias. Our good [Read More...]