Babies, Sex and Birth Control

My first grandchild.

It is very difficult to find help when you are poor. Sure it seems like there are a lot of programs out there to help with all kinds of things but the thing that most poor people know is that it's a gamble to see if any of them will actually help you. You can go in to a place  and tell them that you are in the exact situation that they say their program is for, they hand you tons of paperwork, you fill it out and then they tell you you do not qualify for their services. This comes after you've s … [Read more...]

RISEN: A Movie about Searching for the Risen Christ

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The central point of Christianity is the Resurrection of Jesus after His death on the Cross. Everything else is either before or after of the story, but in the center is the fact that Jesus conquered sin and death to open the doors to Heaven for those of us who choose, by our own free will, to follow Him. There comes a point in every Christian's life where we ask ourselves if we really believe that He rose. I remember exactly where I was the moment that I asked myself the question seriously. … [Read more...]

I Never Dreamt Marriage Was Like This

Stace and I in Rome six years ago. We were the happiest that we have ever been. We had no idea what life had waiting for us and we didn't care, we just jumped all in. It was totally worth it.

Last night my husband and I sat in our room after dinner. He was in his chair working on his laptop and I was in bed reading a book. I felt a nudge to look up and when I did I saw my husband, the man that I love more than words the way that his mother looked at him.My husband had the most loving mother. She was everything that I could have ever wished for in a mom. She baked cookies, cooked your favorite dinner when you visited, drank giant diet cokes and chain smoked. What I loved the most … [Read more...]

Surviving

A weeping angel gravestone in a cemetery in Rome. I took this picture on my trip there in 2010.May the victims of the Colorado Planned Parenthood shooting rest in peace.

The first time I actually realized I had an anger issue was about a year ago while attending a retreat.  A deacon (now priest) prayed over me and told me that he sensed that I was holding on to grudges. I went straight to confession after that revelation because it made sense. I am an angry person and have acted out of anger in ways that hurt the people around me. Not to mention that I can hold a grudge like nobody’s business! I sat face to face with this little Irish priest and confessed that I … [Read more...]

The Things God Does

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God never ceases to amaze me. Really. I go to the mail to see if any of my pending checks have come in because we are running pretty close to having things shut off again and there was nothing. As I walk back to the house I tell God "it's all nice and all to say this is spiritual warfare and everything but you know the light company doesn't really accept 'God is gonna pay this light bill somehow, I just have to have faith', no, they cut that shit off so it would be helpful if I could get paid … [Read more...]

Matt Walsh: The Primer for Trump

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When it comes to politics I have gone from right to left and back again. I’m Hispanic, a woman, I got pregnant at 16 and was on Food Stamps and Medicaid for all four of my pregnancies, but I am also Texan and was in my mid-twenties when 9/11 happened while I was pregnant with my fourth child. It was after 9/11 that I began to pay any attention to politics. I was sure that the Republican Party was the only party with the balls to bomb the hell out of anyone who wanted to try it again. I saw G … [Read more...]

Reason #2353434 That I love Being Catholic: Snow Mass

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Yesterday thousands of pro-lifers from all walks of life and different backgrounds and religions ( and some with no religion) came together to March for Life in Washington DC. Unlike most years though, this year had a serious plot twist: a huge snow storm was heading right for it. I really thought that it was a bad idea for the March to go on with the weather situation, but as I saw picture after picture come through my Facebook Newsfeed and Twitter Timeline, I was so proud of these people for … [Read more...]

Walking Among Saints in the Making

I love my parish on a chilly fall evening.

Last night I went to Adoration at my parish for the first time in months. I really don’t understand why I am not there every single day because I absolutely love being in Adoration.Usually when I got to Adoration I have a litany of problems that I feel the need to tell Jesus about. I also tell Him exactly how I need them all handled, because I have all the answers and if God would just listen to me, things would go so much smoother. Lies. I don’t know anything. Last night as I sat there loo … [Read more...]

Book Review: Freedom by Everett Fritz

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Last week I had the pleasure of interviewing Everett Fritz for my radio show on Breadbox Media. He is the author of a book called Freedom which he wrote after looking for a book to help young men live the virtue of chastity in a practical way.I'm going to be honest, I am always skeptical about books that deal with chastity for many reasons. Mostly because I tried to teach my oldest son all about sex outside of marriage being wrong and I failed. I taught him the teachings of the Church, he … [Read more...]

Free to Love

The light always breaks through the darkness.

 Last Saturday my husband and I went to a friend’s and had some wine. A few glasses of wine were just the gasoline that I needed to pick a fight with my husband. It did not end well at all and involved a lot of embarrassing details that I’m not going to write about.My husband and I spent the entire week angry at each other. By Friday I was in the bathroom walking in circles begging God to help me because I was pretty close to losing my mind and I didn’t really know what else to d … [Read more...]


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