How Well Do YOU Know St. Francis? Take the Quiz!


In advance of his feast day and in celebration of the awesome new book When Saint Francis Saved the Church by popular historian Jon Sweeney, Ave Maria Press has a totally cool interactive “all things Francis” quiz online this week. I won’t tell you my score, but suffice it to say that I need to read [Read More...]

#CatholicAmerica: Father Junipero Serra (and me!)


I’m extraordinarily blessed to receive many awesome books for review. One particularly fantastic one arrived recently: The American Catholic Almanac: A Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States. After only a few weeks with this book, I know it’s not going to be one of those “read it and [Read More...]

Empty Nest, Full Heart — Sweet Tweets for 9/29/14

empty nest

Yes, it’s Monday and I’m just getting around to compiling our Sweet Tweets. Go ahead and call me a slacker… A week ago, we left home in a rented vehicle loaded to the gills with boxes and musical instruments and drove North. The college Sophomore was delivered to his off campus apartment. The boxed furniture [Read More...]

The Song: A Profound and Enjoyable Movie Experience


The Song is not a simple movie, but I believe it is a profound one, and an incredibly important one. As I sat watching a screener on a recent summer evening, I paused my version more than once to let portions of the dialogue sink in. Frankly, I also needed to get up and grab [Read More...]

Praying for Peace in the Midst of Unsettled Uncertainty


I have been offline a lot the past few days. Frankly, I’ve been unplugged in general as we move my youngest back in at college. In a way, there is tremendous comfort in doing things like unpacking boxes of books and laundering musty comforters. I’m normally not super awesome at doing “mom stuff” like this. [Read More...]

The Lord is Waiting — Sweet Tweets for 9/19/14


Doesn’t it seem like this week flew by? When John sent me these week’s STs, he remarked that it was a fast week. I feel the same way. My past few days have been a blur of commitments, both personal and professional, as we prepare to venture up to Oregon on Sunday to take our [Read More...]

Bishop Wester: “Protect the Internet…”

Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City

Today at the USCCB blog, it’s awesome to see an editorial by Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City arguing against the FCC’s proposed “two tier” system for the Internet: The Federal Communication Commission’s recent interest in creating a “two-tiered” Internet will impair for many Americans this basic need – fast, reliable access to [Read More...]

Bishop Tobin: “We’ve Got to Do Something”

Bishop Tobin

I LOVE the type of transparency and openness which is at the heart of today’s article from Bishop Tobin of Providence. In the piece, he expresses his concerns openly and with empathy as he addresses pastoral care for divorced and remarried Catholics. Bishop Tobin’s remarks point to a compelling dialogue which will likely unfold at [Read More...]

OSV & Bunson Offer Excellent Extraordinary Synod “101″ Help


You’ve been hearing about it, and if you’re Catholic you really should pay attention to the upcoming extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in Rome from October 5-19. Why does it matter if we pay attention? Because if past experiences hold true, the media will be filled during those opening days of [Read More...]