Farewell, Pope Benedict!

I had the amazing opportunity to meet and speak with Pope Benedict, then Cardinal Ratzinger, in the summer of 2002. I apologize for the poor photo quality!

In the summer of 2002, I had the amazing opportunity to meet and have a shared conversation with Pope Benedict XVI, then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, in Rome. I was on a summer fellowship with a group of college students from across the United States, and we finished our time in Europe by making a whirlwind 3-day trip to Italy. Cardinal Ratzinger was gracious enough to grant us 20 minutes of his time, answering our questions and engaging us in a conversation about how we, as young people, could be … [Read more...]

On the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

This is so beautiful, I have tears in my eyes.Thank you to Lori at Grace in my Heart for this link. … [Read more...]

Saying No to Fear

MaryAlice’s post inspired me to write a response.  And let me start by saying that I really respect her honesty.  I, too, have struggled greatly after Newtown.  It has caused me to think, and to rethink, about many things.  The toy guns in my house have been in my thoughts, but, more importantly, the reality of my own fear has been very unsettling.My serious battle with fear began over 10 years ago.  The death of my daughter Therese really changed me as a person.  After she died, I saw danger … [Read more...]

Talking about Sandy Hook

So what happened on Friday in Newton Connecticut is really, really heartbreaking.  I tried my typical approach of turning off all news to shield my heart from too much sorrow.  Unfortunately, everywhere I turn people are talking about Newton and the tragedy that happened there.  I stopped looking at Facebook because I thought I might have an anxiety attack on Friday evening.  But then I heard about the massacre at the local food store, from a friend, and again when I went to Church this mor … [Read more...]

Pop Music and Kids

From one of our dear friends:I am growing weary of listening to toddler music in the car.  My daughter will happily listen to classical music at home but not in the car.  She has heard pop music only a couple of times but really seems to love it.Do you allow your children to listen to pop music?If yes, then how to you determine what is or isn't appropriate and how do you enforce this in a consistent way?And if not, then what do your children listen to? How do you shield t … [Read more...]

Why Catholics Must Not Vote for Obama

As everyone is well aware, we have an election tomorrow.  For weeks I have wanted to post about the election, but the right words just never seen to come.  Many of my most cherished beliefs have been under attack by the Obama Administration—my religious liberty, the lives of unborn babies, and the sanctity of marriage.  Such big issues, I just didn’t know where to start.But I feel a duty to speak the truth.  So here it goes.  It’s pretty simple really.  No Catholic, and really no person of fa … [Read more...]

Putting First Things First with Your Vote

In our day, sanctity-of-life issues are foundational -- not because of anyone's 'religious' views about abortion...but because the act of dehumanizing and killing the unborn child attacks human dignity in a uniquely grave way. Deliberately killing the innocent is always, inexcusably wrong. It sets a pattern of contempt for every other aspect of human dignity. In redefining when human life begins and what is and isn't a human person, the logic behind permissive abortion makes all human rights … [Read more...]

President or Sugar Daddy?

While I plan to post more thoughts on the election later this week (where I promise to really take off the gloves), I'll pass along two links as appetizers of sorts.Both pieces discuss our President's oddly paternalistic pitch to women.  The first, President in Shining Armor, is by Ross Douthat of the New York Times.  He argues, among other things, that women aren't as left-leaning on social policies as the Obama administration seems to suppose.  The second, Women Aren't Dumb, Mr. President, … [Read more...]

If you can read this, you must have power…

The 4 builders on the East Coast are hunkered down for Hurricane Sandy.  We have been sharing preparation tips, many gleaned from the previous experience of our Texas builders, and more recently from our own experience with Irene.Where I live, in Central New Jersey, the roads are closed, so we are to "shelter in place."  We went out before the storm and bought lots of convenience foods.  We will be able to use our stove even in the power goes out, but I think that we will want to keep things … [Read more...]

How to Vote (quite literally)


It is one thing to become an informed voter and decide how you will cast your ballot. And it is important to talk to your kids about the importance of voting, but it is quite another to actually take 4 kids 7 and under to a polling location, wait in line while feeding a fussy baby, chasing a toddler, schooling a 2nd grader  and while, unbeknownst to you, your 5 year old is trying to see if your voter registration card will float in a puddle. This is precisely how they will learn just how much v … [Read more...]