What is the Church to us?

Anybody remember this picture from a few babies ago? Our Sunday Visitor is publishing a series of companion piece for the World Meeting of Families Catechesis, Love Is Our Mission. In the latest print edition of OSV, I'm very honored to share a page with Scott Hahn and Archbishop Sartain!My contribution is also online, here: Family Snapshots Capture the Mystery of the Church As Both Human and Devine. It's an introduction to the chapter 9 of the catechesis, which is called "Mo … [Read more...]

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Sam Rocha’s new spin on spirituality

From my new article in Our Sunday Visitor about Sam Rocha and his new album, Late to Love:[Rocha] experienced his first high liturgy at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Columbus, Ohio, and a whole new aesthetic world opened up. “I felt like I walked out of the folk tradition and walked into a marble hall,” he said. “It helped me process the idea that there is a bigger Church out there.” But stark aesthetic contrasts can sometimes be deceptive. “Whenever I heard a High Mass,” Rocha said, “I … [Read more...]

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Dr. Greg Popcak on marriage after baby

I'm putting together an article for Our Sunday Visitor about how marriages change after a baby is born -- the good, the bad, and the things that need professional intervention (spiritual and otherwise). Dr. Greg Popcak gave me some wonderful information, and he has reprinted our entire interview on his blog. Here's an excerpt: Simcha: I assume you mostly work with Catholic couples. Is the strength of a couple’s faith a good predictor for how well they can work through their problems? This so … [Read more...]

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Because my husband said I should . . .

Here is an excerpt from the chapter I'm contributing to a book about marriage: Children give our bodies purpose.  I always have to laugh when people complain, “The Church treats women like baby-making machines!”  The truth is, the secular world is the one that treats women that way—and expends tremendous amounts of money and effort in trying to find the “off” button, often putting women through years of physical and psychological contortions with one kind of contraception after another.The C … [Read more...]

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My profile of Dr. Carpentier in OSV

I wrote this article about Dr. Paul Carpentier quite a while ago - glad they are running it for NFP awareness week!  A great doctor and a good man. Doctor keeps medical practice in line with Catholic teaching Dr. Paul Carpentier, founder of In His Image Family Medicine in Gardner, Mass., said he doesn’t have an especially unusual mission.“It’s just one of stewardship,” he said. “I intend to do the best I can with the skills God has given me, for the community that presents itsel … [Read more...]

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