St. Anthony, Lost Faith, and How to Find It

  On the Feast of St. Anthony of Padua, I can’t help reflect on the saint who has proven so important to me. See, I am always losing things. Call it inattentive ADHD, call it the age of distraction, call it my academic inclinations, but I lose something on a daily basis. I cannot tell [Read More…]

Heaven Makes Liturgy Insta-Official (Unlike Taylor Swift and Her Rumored New Romance)

When someone makes a relationship “Insta-official,” that isn’t the beginning of the relationship. The relationship grew out of a shared life with another; liturgy is like that. [Read more…]

Is Work Valuable?: A Question for the Feast of St. Joseph the Worker

“What do you do?” “Oh, I’m an associate/ a teacher/ a lawyer/ a writer/ a nurse.” Isn’t this how conversations go? When asked about our activity, we respond with our role/position/title as a definitive mark of our identity. Our replies suggest that we believe are, as Aristotle once suggested, perhaps with greater accuracy, of both [Read More…]

Thoughts of Holy Thursday: Of Remembering and Presence

NB: this is an extremely hastily written reflection. So it is more poetic than normal. So enjoy or else accept my apologies. Tonight is Holy Thursday. Tonight, we step outside of this moment, the linear progression of time. Tonight we do not focus on how our actions pile upon each other moving us throughout life. [Read More…]

St. Joseph, Masculinity, and Embracing Impositions

    Sometimes, life requires embracing impositions. Like when I blew my tire out a few weeks ago, and in the spirit of exercising my capacities as a strong, independent, capable woman, I strongly, independently, and capably got out my cell and called Dad. Dad had, like he always is, been up already since about [Read More…]

Lent: Because We All Know It’s About Fasting and Giving Stuff Up, Right?

What are you doing for Lent? The question is on most of our minds, with more or less grudging, whether due to our own awareness or because our priests and friends and mothers have been asking us of late. As a Catholic convert, the concept of Lent was rather nebulous when I entered the Church [Read More…]

Please Stop Panicking About NFP: The Internet Makes Everything Scary

You know engagement and wedding season are heading to full force when you start seeing an uptick in posts talking about NFP. And along with those posts come the apparently requisite extremes that go along with them, and suddenly you start hearing all the questions necessitated by the whole being-Catholic-and-having-sex thing. See, NFP conversations, particularly [Read More…]

Sin: It’s a Lot Like Sour Candy

  So sour candy is *literally*the best. Yes, yes, I’m an adult and I can eat dark chocolate covered fruit things like the adult I am, without a single limitation except you know, my pants. But sour candy, particularly if I’m working on a project, is where it is at. The problem is that, as [Read More…]

Silence, Predestination, and the Primacy of God’s Love

This week, I’ve been really struggling to find something to write about. With my Facebook feed enraged about any number of things, of late it sometimes seems the best thing any of us can do is to simply stop contributing the incessant flood of enraged (be that self-righteous or even righteous) emotions that just won’t [Read More…]