Just Say No to Needy Busybodies

If you search Google images for the word "No", a bazillion variations pop up.  If you search Wikimedia, all you get is lovely Nobelium, an element about which I know nothing.  It might kill you.  Or not. I stink at the word No.  My kids charm me, everyone charms me, and I cave.  When Lisa Hendey mentioned she was writing a book called The Grace of Yes, I retorted that my husband would burn the book if he saw it in my hands.  In reality, the book isn't about encouraging overcommitment, not at all … [Read more...]

Trusting God When Life Isn’t Easy

One more bit of excitement for today: Take a look at the first issue of Pauline Media's new and gorgeous digital magazine.  Current issue is entitled: Trusting God When Life Isn't Easy.  Yes, that's my article on page 3.  I tell the bloody finger story, which is funny, not gory, so you know you want to look.  And it's free -- other people paid to make this happen so that you don't have to. Writing thing: Sr. Marie Paul Curley is not just a nice person in a stylish blue habit, she's one of my f … [Read more...]

A Deadly Faith – Gospel Reflection @CatholicMom.com

In the busyness of Holy Week I forgot to tell you my Gospel reflection for Matthew 26:14-25 went up last Wednesday.Interesting writing thing to know about: The way these work at CatholicMom.com is that you get your assignment and submit six months of reflections at a time.  Which means that you aren't necessarily in the season when you're writing.  And it means that when they finally go live, you get to see a bit of what you were thinking so many months ago.  I've found these to be both fun a … [Read more...]

Radio Silence = Please Pray

Sick here.  Not quite ER sick, but definitely Lay down and don't blog sick.  Prayers appreciated.  I'll be back at it as soon as I'm able. Thanks! … [Read more...]

On Suffering: Should We Be Atheists Because We Suffer?

What is the Christian response to suffering? This is the second in a series, and the first post is here. People often ask, "How can a good God allow evil?"  We can approach the question from a number of directions, and before I continue, let me observe: Sometimes people who ask that question are really saying something else.What they mean is:This hurts. I feel like I am completely alone. I just want this nightmare to end. Help me.General rule: If you are at a funeral home, … [Read more...]

On Suffering: What Would Jesus Do?

What is the Christian response to suffering? We can take the question from any number of angles, and in time I'm hoping to hit most of them.  It's a thorny -- meaning, "Ouch!" -- topic, and as Joe Paprocki observed, it always comes up. Sooner or later everyone passes by way of the Cross.Today's topic: What do you do when it's your turn to hang? I'm going with the straight-up What Did Jesus Actually Do? answer on this one: 1. Sweat blood. Jesus lived a sinless, perfect life.  It turns out t … [Read more...]