A few days ago, during a discussion on Facebook about infant baptism, I read a comment along the lines of, “I had no idea that Limbo had been repealed and was no longer doctrine!” I explained that Limbo never had been doctrine in the first place, but that only lead to more confusion. As a result, I decided to create this post as a way to lay out the facts for easier reference. Limbo is (allegedly) a state in which… Read more

1. As I wrote in my earlier review, I loved Jennifer Fulwiler’s newest book “One Beautiful Dream,” and I also loved her appearance on the Fountains of Carrots podcast. The episode is so good and well worth a listen! 2. Did anyone else get books for Mother’s Day? Here’s what I scored: I’m only a few pages into “Write Smart, Write Happy” but I’m liking it so far. Of course, Austen is always a good bedside read, and this edition… Read more

Syttende Mai is the Norwegian Constitution Day (the National Day of Norway) and is an official national holiday observed in Norway on May 17 each year. It’s a big deal up in North Dakota where I was born and raised, due to the large population of those descended from Norwegian immigrants, like me. There are usually lutefisk suppers (can’t stand the stuff myself, but I adore lefse and rommegrot) and parades sponsored by the local Sons of Norway lodge and… Read more

Liz, who blogs over at St. Dymphna’s Daughter, asked me to write a post about the holiest person I’ve ever met. I thought long and hard about the people in my life, and as it turns out, I know a lot of holy people! It was a tough decision to narrow it down to just one person. However, as I thought and prayed about the people I love and who have blessed me with their love and friendship, one particular person… Read more

Alison over at Ask A Manager wrote a fun post today with some fun tidbits about her mother, and I thought I’d follow suit by sharing some favorite memories I have with my mother: We had fun watching TV shows together. In particular, I remember watching Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, and Rescue: 911 (ironically, she later became an EMT), and America’s Funniest Home Videos . She bought me a box set… Read more

Several Patheos bloggers have written about the recent 2018 Met Gala, an annual fundraiser for The Metropolitan Museum of Art. This year’s event had the theme “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Cardinal Dolan and Fr. James Martin attended, and some of the pieces on display were on loan from the Vatican. The big uproar is about the various costumes worn by attendees. I hadn’t realized that Catholic cosplay had gone mainstream! For the benefit of the non-nerds out… Read more

I’m a faithful Catholic who also loves the Harry Potter series of books (heck, I met my husband in a web club called Harry Potter for Grown Ups), and as such I get rather annoyed when I see other Catholics insist that Harry Potter is a gateway to the occult — meaning that people who enjoy the books and/or the movies are starting on a path that ends in full-fledged devil worship. I actually converted to Catholicism while obsessively re-reading… Read more

Disclaimer: this review contains spoilers for the book “One Beautiful Dream” by Jennifer Fulwiler. I have to admit that Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book, “One Beautiful Dream,” was not what I was expected. Based on the description, I thought it would be more of an explicit “how-to” book as opposed to a memoir like her first book “Something Other Than God.” As a result, when I saw the title of Chapter 1 — “Possumgate” — I was a bit taken aback…. Read more

Biologically speaking, a human being is an organism of the species Homo sapiens. A human zygote is an organism of the species Homo sapiens: A human embryo is an organism of the species Homo sapiens: Embryo: An organism in the earliest stage of development; in a man, from the time of conception to the end of the second month in the uterus. – Dox, Ida G. et al. The Harper Collins Illustrated Medical Dictionary. New York: Harper Perennial, 1993, p…. Read more

I made a very exciting announcement in the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group today. Check it out! Text version for those who don’t like video: First off, I want to thank all of you for joining me today on the Feast of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, who is the patroness of our group as well as my personal patron saint. St. Gianna, pray for us! I have a very exciting announcement to make, one that you’ll probably be able to… Read more

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