Thank you Bishop Joe Vasquez

I was a brand new Catholic when Bishop Joe Vasquez was appointed to my Diocese. I didn't know anything about him. Was he going to be a good shepherd? Would he be able to stand against the issues facing our community with love and compassion but without fear of speaking the truth? I didn't know. But someone I trust did know. My RCIA director, Noe, knew Bishop Joe Vasquez from his days as a parish priest in San Angelo. Having Noe Rocha's approval meant a lot to me because I know for a fact that … [Read more...]

Not this Again: Protestants Still Protesting

I went to a Baptist Church on my own from the age of 8 until I was 14. I began by going to Vacation Bible School with a family friend and then before I knew it, I was walking there by myself every Sunday and Wednesday. I met my husband there, we had our first kiss on the steps of that church and we made up in the baptismal font which I had been baptized in (twice, but they weren't really baptisms because I had already been baptized Catholic as a baby. But that didn't stop anyone in the Baptist … [Read more...]

Love in a Manger

I have a really huge issue with being a mom and step-mom. I don’t know if it’s just because I’m a selfish person or if I’m a selfish person because I grew up an only child with no concept of living with groups of people and resolving conflict with them but I have an extremely hard time living in a house with a big family.I have a lot of cousins who I lived with and around when I was a teenager and I have a lot of great memories with them but in the end I had to go be by myself in my room with … [Read more...]

God Will Do Anything

It's been a very long time since I have felt on fire for my faith. I love Jesus and I know He is real and that He is my savior. I know it in the same way that I can't put into words. God is very good to me. Every day, He does something to show me that He loves me. However, life has been hard. Very hard. I feel like I'm living in a perpetual obstacle course and I'm so tired. I can honestly say that y'all's donations, emails, word of encouragement and just all around love have lit that … [Read more...]

Watching I Am Cait

I am watching Caitlyn Jenner's reality show. I'm addicted to reality shows and I really am fascinated with this story. For a lot of reasons, the biggest being that this issue isn't going away and I want to know how to deal with it as a Catholic evangelist. Pretending it's not happening, that the world thinks this is good or turning our backs on people with transgender issues isn't an option in my opinion. Neither is beating them over the head with our faith. That's very hard, I understand that … [Read more...]

Catholicism Is Not a Set of Rules, but a Response

I seriously need a 12 step program to help me get past my addiction to Facebook. I have only been in two threads in a week and posted a few updates because it is difficult to not be on social media when you are a blogger. I love blogging because it allows me to be on Facebook  practice writing.The saddest part about the new way my addiction to Facebook is manifesting is that I feel like a loser for logging in so I just lurk and then I feel even worse because I'm cheating and in the end … [Read more...]

I Tolerate You as long as You Agree with Me

Apparently Dolce and Gabbana have been taking a lot of heat for saying that they do not support gay marriage, gay adoption or IVF and surrogacy. They said that “procreation is an act of love” and that children are born with a mother and a father. Basically, they spelled out Catholic Theology. The only difference is that they are gay. And they are now in the middle of a huge fire storm. Elton John is calling for a boycott and other celebrities are joining him in that boycott.Gay people can't e … [Read more...]

Handing Jesus the Loaves

For the last five years, I have read everything Catholic that I can. Mostly I read the Catechism and Papal Documents. Thanks to the Interwebs it is pretty easy to read any number of things written or said by any given Pope at any given time in History. I don't really know how far back the Vatican website goes, but I have made it through a good chunk of Benedict but St. JP 2 has so much stuff that it's gonna take longer than 5 years to even put a dent in his collection of writings. I have never … [Read more...]

Pharisees and Spades

I woke up this morning to news of the mid-report from the Synod. Things just got crazy pretty fast from there. Elizabeth Scalia has two great posts up already and then Simcha Fisher wrote this:“The mid-term report described as an "earthquake"  is nothing of the kind. It’s a reassertion of the constant, consistent teaching of the Church, and even the constant, consistent teaching of God the Father toward His wayward people: Come to Me. Please, come to me. Yes, I want you to change, and I will … [Read more...]

Send Me Lord

MissionI have talked about my newest project The Red Door Foundation a lot on my blog, but I don’t really feel like I’ve given a clear look at my vision or its mission. Mostly because it’s still coming to me, but I can give you a bit of what I have since I know that people don’t tend to give money to things without knowing what the point is. I don’t, so I don’t expect anyone else to.Our mission is simple: meet people where they are and help them in any way that we can.Works of Mercy to … [Read more...]