As Lent draws to a close, let’s remember that Easter is a season

My self control as I walked through the grocery store yesterday afternoon was remarkable. I was picking up a few things to round out the hearty dinner that we will have tonight before heading to the Princeton Chapel for Holy Thursday Mass.All around me, there were Easter desserts on display. Our grocery store has a gourmet bakery department and people must have been working hard because there are chocolate cakes shaped and decorated like eggs, there are bunnies covered in coconut and there … [Read more...]

Faith, politics and young adult literature

The Christian who seeks to live his faith through political action conceived as service, may not adhere, without going against his own beliefs, to ideological systems which oppose - radically or substantially - his Faith and his perception of man.  Therefore it is not licit to act in favor of the Marxist ideology with its atheistic materialism, its dialectic of violence, and the way in which that ideology understands individual freedom within collectivity.  This same ideology denies any t … [Read more...]

Holy Week Begins ~ Sharing our Faith in Little Ways

It is Monday of Holy Week, and we are about to embark on the holiest and most special time of the year in our Faith.  I awoke this morning feeling slightly overwhelmed by all the obligations of Holy Week.  As I opened up my calendar and e-mail to make a plan, I had the most lovely note in my inbox.A little background first --yesterday, we attended a beautiful Palm Sunday procession and Mass at our Parish.  This year, our Pastor asked the First Communicants to bring a loaf of bread to the Ma … [Read more...]

For the weekend: Practical Wisdom from Pope Francis

I am so grateful for the practical advice and wisdom that our Holy Father, Pope Francis, shares with us.  In his general audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis began a new cycle of catechesis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit (wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of God), starting with wisdom.  His full message can be found here.  Below is an excerpt that I found spoke right into the heart of my daily life as a wife and mother:"If we listen to the Holy Spirit, He t … [Read more...]

Simple Meal for a Crowd

Somewhere in a giant stack of recipes I pulled out this oven-baked paella recipe. It sounded impossible to dump chicken stock on rice and bake it, but it turned out great and would be very easy for a large-ish crowd. We have many friend on different diets, especially gluten-free ones, so I am always looking for something not overly labor intensive for company that everyone can eat. These were the ingredients called for, but you could easily swap out proteins and veggies and spices. All you have … [Read more...]

Challenge for the Lenten Homestretch

A few days ago, I read a great Lenten reflection by Fr. Robert Barron, and the general gist was as follows: For the homestretch of Lent, try picking both your favorite saint and the saint that you have the hardest time with, and open up your heart and mind to learn something from both of them. I love the latter part of this challenge, which Fr. Barron states much more eloquently than I ever could:"...choose another saint who bothers you, one whom you don't really appreciate or who maybe rubs … [Read more...]

Virtue is Beautiful

My kids and I love the original version of this song, yes we are all saps, and I appreciate the spirit behind this version put together by some Mormon guys. What do you think? Pre-teen swoon potential for our girls as they learn to treasure their dignity in a broken culture? Or too ironic and silly to convey a delicate message about beauty and virtue? … [Read more...]

Opening Day of Spring Baseball

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Friends and Sisters

Celebrating Sisterhood, even in a weird alien space craft!

I think my sides are still hurting from all the laughter I shared with dear friends, Kellie, J', and K' this past weekend in Las Vegas. It has been going on fifteen years since Kellie and I roomed together at Princeton, but that girl still knows how to get me rolling. No sooner had we collapsed into bed Thursday evening our first night, but we were cracking up over some misadventure. We talked for a good hour lying there, giggling and reminiscing despite the 3-hour time lag.  Ahh… Sisterhood is a … [Read more...]

Daily Work of Mercy

 Occasionally, I am tempted to feel overwhelmed by all the needs and hurting in the world.  The overachiever in me sometimes feels restrained by the demands of daily, family life.   Really, can I do any good for the wider, broken world in the midst of meal prep, laundry loads, potty training and nap time? In those moments, I need to settle my restless heart with a reminder from Blessed Mother Theresa of Calcutta:"Do ordinary things with extraordinary lo … [Read more...]


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