Starving For Silence…

... You know what I miss? Silence.There have been relatively few moments in my life where I've had the luxury of pure silence. This morning, in the final stretches of spiritually exhausting Lent, I was awarded a small moment of utter silence and stillness.Lord knows, I desperately needed it. Just last week I was complaining that I didn't want to be Catholic anymore. Like a child throwing an tantrum. Catholicism is hard. I don't wanna anymore!And then I found myself in an … [Read more...]

Worry, Worms, and Religion…

... There is nothing I won't worry about.I worry about finances, the future, and my family.At the end of every needless worry is the reminder that it's all utterly pointless and completely unnecessary. There is nothing I've ever fretted about that hasn't eventually been resolved. No matter how bleak things look or how out of my control the situation may become, my anxiety has never improved the matter.Never, ever, not even once.When I was a little girl, my grandfather and … [Read more...]

Where Crow Becomes Part of My Diet …

... We have rule in Casa De Crescat -- no bad mouthing priests in front of The Boy, because every time something negative is said about a priest a vocation quietly dies. This rule was instituted because my mom, a JPII gal through and through, regularly took aim at Pope Benedict.Is your Irony Detector going off yet?This is the part where I acknowledge my hypocritical behavior and admit to my own vocation killing, disparaging remarks about Pope Francis. I don't really have any excuse. … [Read more...]

Reminiscing the weekend away…

... Gospel music is so underrated. Especially Southern Gospel. Some of that older stuff, stuff my gran and I used to listen to was like a Flannery story set to music.Her birthday just passed. She would have been 91 years old. She was a simple Southern girl with faith as earnest as the music she listened to. I was named after her, you know. Lord I miss her. … [Read more...]

There Really Are No Guarantees…

... Did you know the Salvation Army doesn't sell donated Bibles? Nope. They give them away instead. I learned this yesterday when I was there looking for picture frames to refurbish. The nice lady at the register gave my son a children's bible which naturally led into a conversation about religion. And like most conversations about religion here in the southern fried South, she told me ..."I used to be Catholic. My parents were real into it too. We went to church on feasts day & every … [Read more...]

How Women Blow Their Marriages…

... So there's this article from last year that's recently been making the rounds online; 16 Ways I Blew My Marriage by Dan Pearce.Dan writes;The other night I was sitting with my family, most of whom are very successfully married. We were going in a circle giving our best marriage advice to my little sister on the eve of her wedding. It’s somewhat of a family tradition.I realized I don’t have any good marriage advice to give. After all, I’ve never had a successful marriage out … [Read more...]

If I Don’t Give To Beggars How Will My Charity Get Tested…

... I'll admit it; I like facebook. Probably a bit too much. I contend it's not all bad. People request prayers, post nun pictures, and share inspiring quotes (yes, even trite cliches). You just have to take it for what it is and remember to stay out of comment battles and no one gets hurt.So anyway, Elizabeth Scalia was sharing quotes about the Church and posted this;One of the good things about a Catholic church is that it isn’t respectable; you can find anyone in it, from duchesses … [Read more...]

No Matter Who’s The Pope, The Church Will Always Still Be THE Church…

... The humblest thing I ever saw a pope do was to abdicate the papacy. That right there was a true act of humility. Granted, I was confused and heartbroken at the time - even a little angry. Alright, a lot angry. However, I can look back and see BXVI's actions for what they were. A genuine example of humility and self sacrifice.Now compare the act of giving up the papacy with riding public transit, living in the equivalent of a Vatican Motel 6, or opting for a cheaper ride. One Pope gave … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ Preference for Simplicity Leaves Much To Be Spiritually Desired…

... I had the weirdest dream last night. It was about Pope Francis. He was doing something. Something, now in waking hours, I can't recall but in my dream it annoyed me tremendously. He was probably wearing second hand sweat pants and riding the metro or something. Anyway, I'd managed to forget about it till His Holiness appeared in my news feed and the those irksome feelings crept over me again.I know this is a completely irrational reaction to have, especially as a Catholic, directed at … [Read more...]