Of Elders, Children and The Greatest Among Us


Blessedly, today finds me working from my home office. This is a rare occurrence in my life at the moment — for the month of October I’ll be in my home zip code for only five days. That craziness is fodder for another post, but today I thought I’d share some fruit from my morning [Read More...]

CARA: Skipping Mass for Soccer?

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From the Twitter Feed of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate: Spelling out in sad detail the reasons Millennials give for not attending Mass. Number one, “Family responsibilities”, seems to me to be the perfect reason we should ALL be attending Mass every Sunday… Maybe we need to have more confessionals at soccer [Read More...]

My Baby, Rocking Twice as Hard

Jazz Adam

Just because I’m a proud mom, and because I think this is pretty cool, I’m sharing my Adam’s latest music video: Video Link Adam is a passionate fan of traditional Irish and Scottish music. He’s actually pretty passionate about music in general. My house is constantly filled with the stuff – whether he’s jamming on [Read More...]

Little Fulton, St. Lawrence and Burn Safety Awareness

Fulton Poppe, Superhero!

On January 8th, 2013 a little piece of our world was turned upside down. I remember the day, mundane at its start, flipping on end when I received news from my online friend Cassandra Poppe’s family. Cassandra’s small four-year-old son Fulton had been badly burned in an accident at their home. They were requesting urgent [Read More...]

Surviving the High School Reunion — Share Your Advice

Surviving the high school reunion

I don’t have much time to write this morning as I sit in my “Westin Hotel heavenly bed” with my little sister reading in the bed next to me. We’re having a “girls weekend”. The occasion: our high school’s band reunion. The event is a multi-class soirĂ©e, bringing together bandos, flag girls (like Erin and [Read More...]

Man of Steel: Three Faith Takeaways

Man of Steel

I’m likely late to the party in writing about Man of Steel, but since I’ve been on the road so much lately I just saw the film this week. The PG-13 rated film ranks an AIII (for adults) from Catholic News Service and a less-than-glowing review from Fr. Robert Barron. My take: I sort of loved [Read More...]

What Ants and Sin Have in Common


I’d intended to return from my weekend away and offline with some type of mind-bending post on Lumen Fidei, or a at the very least a recap of the incredible things I learned from the various kilt-wearing-Guinness-chugging reenactors I met this this weekend at the Scottish Highland Games in Monterey. But then I returned home [Read More...]

DOMOMAP: Defense of My Own Marriage Action Plan


I’d like to weigh in on the big news of today in my own way, since I lack the insight, eloquence and also the guts of some of my fellow Patheos bloggers. There are so many educated insights floating around, so rather than blogging today I spent my day praying about what — if anything [Read More...]

Cardinal Burke Speaks Lovingly of Devotion to Sacred Heart of Jesus

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

Today, as we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I invite you to take two minutes to watch this video of Cardinal Raymond L. Burke speaking with great affection regarding his family’s devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: In the video, Cardinal Burke suggests enthroning an image of the Sacred [Read More...]

Learning to Live from Someone Who Has Died – Zach Sobiech

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This video has been making the rounds since the world said goodbye to Zach Sobiech on May 20th. Gone too soon, but having touched so many in immeasurable ways, Zach tells us in his own words in this video about living life to its fullest. Please take 22 minutes today and watch this video. Then [Read More...]