Is People Magazine Glamorizing Obesity…


... On the cover of People Magazine is model Tess Holliday. The headline heralds, "The World's First Size 22 Super Model, From Bullied Teen to Plus Size Star."As everyone else celebrates this new diversity in the fashion industry, I can't help but feel alarmed that so many people are ok with a 5'5" tall woman weighing 260 lbs and being a size 22.At 5'9" I'm 20 lbs heavier than she is and a size larger.When I look at her modeling portfolio I see a beautiful woman with a lot of … [Read more...]

I worked out and it didn’t kill me…

hey whatever you got laying around the house

... I've made it half through the second month and true to my word I've been exercising regularly.Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday are my walk days and I walk at a local park for a mile or pretty darn close to it. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday are my work out days where I do a 15 minute stair exercise routine after work and do planks, squats, and horrible things to my arms with hand weights.Sunday I rest because even God took a day off.I know I said I was only going to step on … [Read more...]

Standard Penances For Everything?

im sorry I wasnt listening

... Have you ever been to confession and poured out your heart and soul all over the floor of the confessional only to receive a halfhearted, almost perfunctory absolution like 3 Hail Mary's?I have such a hard time with this. If we have different types of sins, venial and mortal, shouldn't we have different types of penances to reflect the nature of the sin? I don't get how some priests can give the exact same penance for all sins regardless of their seriousness.Just speaking my … [Read more...]

Got a new toy…


... Let's talk about apps.I few weeks ago I broke down and purchased an iPhone. I really just wanted the My Fitness Pal app - which I'm happy to report, I've logged in for 29 consecutive days today. It's been exactly 4 weeks free of processed foods, soda, and dining out/fast food. I'm anxious to see if it's had any effect on my weight.I digress. I'll save the reveal for the weekly diet post later.This post is about apps.Catholic AppsHave you wanted a subscription to … [Read more...]

I feel so special…

hey its better than nothing

... On a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being being the absolute best, how would you rank this blog?Turns out, number 74.Based on algorithms and complicated math formulas, a very non-official ranking system noted that I am number 74 in the top 300 Christian blogs.That's the same thing as legitimate Church authority, right? … [Read more...]

Catholic Funeral Arrangements and Preparing for a Happy Death…

still not dead

... Hey, guess what. You're going to die. I'm going to die. Everybody dies. And yet so many of us go on about our lives acting as if death is something that happens to other people.Maybe that's why so many of us are unprepared for death when it inevitably comes. As Catholics, though, we should embrace death, prepare for it, and face it head on.With the passing of my Abuela a few things come to mind.Never assume your family is going to know or understand the sacraments and … [Read more...]

The New Ride…


... Meet Christine.The vehicle that changed my mind about driving.I always said that if I ever won the lottery the first thing I would do was hire a chauffeur and never drive again for the rest of my life. That was how much I hated driving. Turns out, it's not driving I really hate. I was just driving the wrong vehicle.Enter Christine, the TARDIS blue Jeep Patriot who replaced my crawling at death's door Honda last week. Christine, named after the Stephen King novel for the … [Read more...]

An Update, Responses, Clarifications, and Reactions to My “Denied Communion on the Tongue” Post…

... Let me take a moment to respond.My previous post about being refused reception of the Eucharist on the tongue during my grandmother's funeral has received quite a bit of attention and with over 570 comments and an inbox overflowing with emails I have found it impossible to respond to each one individually.For the sake of efficiency I decided to break down the responses by category and respond here. Before I do, this must be said.I received a very gracious response from the … [Read more...]

Denied Communion on the Tongue at My Grandmother’s Funeral…


***Please see update posted 3/13/15***... I just had the absolute worst experience ever during mass, at my Abuela's funeral no less. I wasn't going to post about here but I feel I have a duty to warn you all. If you ever happen to find yourself visiting the Tidewater area of Virginia and need to go to mass... just drive right by St. Therese in Chesapeake. Simply make the sign of the cross and keep on driving. Don't look back. Trust me.But of course, feel free to completely ignore my … [Read more...]