What you think you want, is never really what you want

(My colleague here at Patheos, Sam Rocha, has a lovely meditation up on his blog called Education, the Craft of Desire. He raised some familiar themes for me, particularly this idea that we are rarely the authority on what we really want out of life. Here's a piece I wrote a couple years ago on my old blog dealing with a similar topic. I'd also add, that if you do not already subscribe to Magnificat Magazine, it would make a great late Christmas present to … [Read more...]


I am doing Quick Takes this week at my old blog, because it's all about how fat and lazy I am right now, and this is a professional space--see? … [Read more...]

The Irresistible Draw of Isolation

My husband grew a beard this winter. I like the way it looks on him--sort of rugged and manly--but I've noticed it doesn't really invite you to get closer. It obscures some of my favorite parts of his face--his dimpled chin, the soft part of his cheek.Over the Christmas break, when we didn't have much to do but lie around getting over the flu, I had occasion to spend a little more time looking at him with his beard, and I was reminded of those earlier years of marriage when I'd frequently … [Read more...]

Quick Takes

Today seems like a good day to take part in that wonderful Friday Tradition hosted at Conversion Diary--quick takes.1. Being that the Midwest was overtaken by a terrible blizzard this week, we haven't left the house much. I say terrible, but...it was about seven inches of snow, that blew and drifted until it all piled up right behind my car, where it will remain until I have to race to the hospital to deliver a baby.2. Fortunately, the kids have about ten million new lego pieces to … [Read more...]

Hope Everyone feels made new by the Christmas Season

(I really just want a French Nanny to give me a bath and put me to sleep.) … [Read more...]

Looking for signs of God (in all the wrong places)

According to the Mayan calendar, this should be my last blog post. Doomsday prep-ers must be satisfied with the ominous weather we've had, the howling wind, recent hurricanes. And if anyone were looking for cultural signs of apocalypse, well, the culture has put out. For my own part, I spent last night in the hospital with complications from flu and asthma-- asthma being one of the many maladies I only experience when pregnant. I had an acute asthma attack--found myself for a few … [Read more...]

Communication: building a relationship with the Church

After the conversation last week on how the Church might be able to help mothers of many young children, it became clear to me that Parish life really is a two way street. Just as there are many variations in mothers and their particular needs, there are also enormous variations in Parish life and its offerings.In all the posts and comboxes that followed the discussion, one thing seemed clear: If I want to have more of the Church in my life, I have to get involved in the life of the … [Read more...]