January 14, 2019

A game we used to like to play back in Catholic college was “Which Mary is your mother?” Everyone seemed to have a certain title or apparition of Mary that they felt closest to or held a special devotion to. But I didn’t. I struggled with Mary more than any other aspect of the Catholic faith. She felt too pure for me, too perfect, too womanly. I struggled to love her because I struggled to understand her and what sinlessness… Read more

January 9, 2019

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with plenty of ethnic diversity and several unique churches. Residents and visitors agree that Primanti Bros. is a mandatory stop when visiting, and that if you take in a Pirates game, you’ll be treated to a pierogi race. Or, check out a Penguins game and enjoy the home team winning. Months ago, Pittsburgh priest Fr. Alek Schrenk, (check out his twitter threadto see the beginnings of this!) created a dream pilgrimage for Catholics who love their… Read more

December 31, 2018

It’s been awhile since my last post because I have been traveling this Christmas season to see family. We live almost all the way across the country from each other and visiting has been absolutely wonderful. What a perfect time to travel far to be with family, too. But, as 2018 is finally coming to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to do a roundup of some of my favorite things of this year. In no particular order,… Read more

December 24, 2018

Annoying Know-It-All Tracy Bradley talks about everything she knows, from book reviews to deep theological discussions to family life, and everything in between. Tune in to find out exactly what she knows and maybe even learn something new. It’s so refreshing to hear a woman speak on a variety of subjects and show off her knowledge.   Don’t miss these episodes: Ep. 2: Little Free Shop and Blessings Ep. 3: Girl Last Seen, Book Talk Ep. 4: I Care, Do… Read more

December 21, 2018

Traditions ground us and connect us to our past, while giving us a link to the future. Growing up, my family always listened to Bing Crosby’s Christmas album while trimming the tree. It just wasn’t a tree decorating day without it! I learned my first bit of Latin from him (“Adeste Fideles”) and also a bit of Hawaiian (“Mele Kalikimaka”). I sang along with him and the Andrews Sisters while hanging my favorite ornaments on the artificial tree’s green branches… Read more

December 19, 2018

She’s neither ethereal nor ghost-like when she appears in my dreams. In my dreams she’s very real. So real, in fact, that most times I don’t even realize she shouldn’t be there until I’m on the edge of consciousness. I often wake like Ebenezer Scrooge, wondering if what I’ve experienced was a dream or reality, but I am nonetheless changed. The lady in my dreams sometimes admonishes me and sometimes showers me in love. Sometimes she’s the main character and… Read more

December 19, 2018

Human Work as Cooperation with God “Now our work does not belong to us wholly. For even n the most personal work we use powers and strength that are given to us by God, the Creator of nature. This work does not belong to us, for its character is not only personal but social as well. Neither can we wholly divert our work toward ourselves. So when we speak of ‘our work’ we are allowing ourselves some exaggeration. It is… Read more

December 18, 2018

In Rosarium Virginis Mariae, Pope St. John Paul II proposed that the faithful take up a contemplative rosary. The meditations based on this way of praying are a little different than ones that may be traditionally used, but they are full of new insights and stir up the flame of love within hearts. As Christmas is upon us, here are reflections on the Joyful Mysteries. For more on the contemplative rosary and the other mysteries of the rosary, pick up a… Read more

December 17, 2018

The online life is still a real life I am online a lot. A lot. I spend a significant portion of my week either writing, sharing my writing, or connecting with people through social media and texting. I also consume a lot of media– television, movies, music, literature, news, podcasts; you name it and I’ve probably at least heard of it, if not have consumed some of it, or I’m a big fan of it. But these are really just… Read more

December 13, 2018

It’s a mortal sin was all I was told For as long as I can remember, I had struggled with masturbation. I’ve written a lot about my journey through this, addiction to it, and deliverance and healing from it. But one moment keeps standing out to me, one moment keeps popping back up in my life. It was the moment I learned that masturbation is (or, more accurately, can be) a mortal sin. I knew that masturbation isn’t good and I knew I… Read more

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