Choosing to Serve One Master


I decided to quit writing in my current journal because I didn't like the way it felt under hand. I was avoiding writing due to an inadequate tool. It felt indulgent to leave half the pages blank and call it finished, but there was a liberation there too. If something really is not working, you've got to start fresh. I've often forced myself to write in tiny print, often doubling up per line, filling all pages front and back so as not to waste paper, but I've given myself permission to double … [Read more...]

SoulCore: A Mary-led, Spirit-led Workout

About a month ago, a dear friend of mine had a birthday. To celebrate with her we went to the SoulCore studio on the Northside of Indianapolis and experienced the SoulCore workout, which pairs core strengthening exercises with meditation on the Rosary.I was so captivated by the project--which got me back into the habit of saying the daily Rosary--and also with the story of how it came to fruition, I wrote it up. The story is in the Washington Post, On Faith blog today: Natural light streams … [Read more...]

Living Faith, Daily Catholic Devotions


Just a quick note to let you know I've written a few short meditations for Living Faith/ Daily Catholic Devotions, which is both a print and online periodical featuring the daily Mass readings and related prayer.Here's one from yesterday, March 4, 2014: God Working in Me, and there are more to come. You may enjoy checking out their devotions online each day, which feature the meditations of writers far more thoughtful than I. It could be a nice addition to any Lenten observance.Wishing y … [Read more...]

“You Have No Idea What Your Life Will Be Like Tomorrow…”


...You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears.--(Letter of Saint James 4:13-17)  I had another near-death water experience in California. I'm trying to be circumspect about it, because this time, I was the one who needed help--and it was very difficult for me to assess exactly how much danger I was really in.One minute I was zooming into shore on the boogie board, the next I was in a current I couldn't get out of. A man on the beach whistled at … [Read more...]

California Dreaming (on such a winter’s day)

I've been in California visiting my sister. She lives north of L.A. where it's warm and sunny and there are flowers blooming and the sweet smell of salt and florals in the air. In some places, like along the boardwalk in Ventura where the surfers congregate, even the smell of vomit and urine roasting in the sun smells sweet to me. I just can't believe that as the Midwest has had day after day of below freezing temperatures for so very long, there are people elsewhere in the world who are playing … [Read more...]

Immediate Book Meme

Hosted at Darwin Catholic  "There are plenty of memes that want to know all about your book history and your all-time greats and your grand ambitions, but let's focus on something more revealing: the books you're actually reading now, or just read, or are about to read. Let's call it The Immediate Book Meme." 1. What book are you reading now?Rose by Martin Cruz Smith 2. What book did you just finish?I'd revise this question to say "What's the last book you … [Read more...]

The Talking Cure: Blogging as Self Help

"The downcast, the depressed, the discouraged--people only wanted to be well-liked. Earlier in the twentieth century, the worried masses had been driven to doctors for their hysteria and neurasthenia, but by 1936, when How to Win Friends was published, patent medicines and rest cures had fallen out of favor as treatments for middle-class malaise. Carnegie thought he knew why. "Many persons call a doctor when all they want is an audience," he wrote. If those earlier cures had worked, it was only … [Read more...]