Do Young Kids Need Regular Confession…

... Short answer, yes. Absolutely yes.When my son made his first confession at the tender age of eight years old, all us parents joked, "what can they possibly have to confess?" Young children aren't out breaking the law, being little bandits- killing and stealing. Young children are innocent.So why do they need regular confession?Two reasons, venial sin and Catholic conscience.After my son made his first confession, I made it a habit to make him go to confession every other … [Read more...]

You know what this world needs…

... more consecrated religious! Good Lord, do we need them. It's a comfort to me to know that whole communities exists solely to pray for the dead and the conversion of sinners. … [Read more...]

Doctor Who

... The reason I am an unapologetic fan of Doctor Who can be summed up in a single question."Clara, am I a good man?"There are many reasons to love this show, and I suppose we each have our own individual reasons, but among fellow Catholics the answer always seems to revolve around the very Catholic nature of the show.For one, the show is the epitome of universal.Just google "Doctor Who and Catholicism" and you get some interesting results -- 4 Ways the TARDIS helps me … [Read more...]

worst advice ever

http://www.cruxnow.com/life/2014/09/25/should-i-tell-my-husband-that-im-going-to-put-our-daughter-on-birth-control/ … [Read more...]

I Don’t Want To Be Catholic Anymore…

... Indulge me a little whine.But what else is there? The alternative is too distressing to think of. And yet, there it is. I don't want to be Catholic anymore.Just like a kid who is tired of their parent's rules, and dreams about running away to a better family - possibly a family with a swimming pool and a pet unicorn or something, where they let you eat ice cream for dinner and stay up as late as you want, I dream about … [Read more...]

Begone, You Wilted Bane of My Existence. I Can Still Celebrate Christmas Without You…

... I couldn't take it anymore. The tree had to go.Christmas. More like chrismess. Needles and dead greenery everywhere. And the crippled, pathetic thing kept tipping over.Now don't mistake me. I'm no Grinch, typically I'm a Christmas purists who keeps her tree up at least until Epiphany. I tried keeping all the decorations up until Candlemas one year but, oh, the fire hazard.I just don't get how dead, shriveled greenery is supposed to recall the birth of Christ. I suppose in … [Read more...]

But It’s Still Christmas…

... I used to think the saddest sight was a discarded Christmas tree on the curb the day after Christmas. Nope. I was wrong.The saddest thing ever was watching my neighbor remove his exterior lights at 3pm on Christmas Day. … [Read more...]

A Thanksgiving Miracle…

... An amazing thing happened this Thanksgiving.I didn't make it back to Virginia to see my family. I missed out on My Big Fat Puerto Rican Thanksgiving, an event I look forward to every year.But that's not the amazing part.The amazing part was instead of feeling depressed and sorry for myself, I felt incredibly grateful - grateful to have family that misses me when I am not there.And not only that, I had multiple invitations to spend Thanksgiving with various friends. I was … [Read more...]

Overlooked and Dismissed During the Synod, How Single Parents Continue to be Regarded in the Church…

Well, the Extraordinary Synod for the Family, has ended, and not surprisingly single parents have gotten the same sort of polite inattention from the Catholic bishops that we are used to getting in the pews. Special attention should be given to the accompaniment of single-parent families, in a particular way to help women who have to carry alone the responsibility of the home and raising children. That vague-sounding one line was all the consideration single parents saw in the final … [Read more...]