May 21, 2017

When someone makes a relationship “Insta-official,” that isn’t the beginning of the relationship. The relationship grew out of a shared life with another; liturgy is like that. Read more

May 1, 2017

“What do you do?” “Oh, I’m an associate/ a teacher/ a lawyer/ a writer/ a nurse.” Isn’t this how conversations go? When asked about our activity, we respond with our role/position/title as a definitive mark of our identity. Our replies suggest that we believe are, as Aristotle once suggested, perhaps with greater accuracy, of both virtuous and vicious men, what we do. Perhaps this is the reason for title inflation: to consider someone a manager, even of household waste, is… Read more

April 13, 2017

NB: this is an extremely hastily written reflection. So it is more poetic than normal. So enjoy or else accept my apologies. Tonight is Holy Thursday. Tonight, we step outside of this moment, the linear progression of time. Tonight we do not focus on how our actions pile upon each other moving us throughout life. Because tonight we celebrate the profound revelation in which a sign becomes a sacrament: not merely referencing holy things, but in a mysterious and wonderful… Read more

March 20, 2017

    Sometimes, life requires embracing impositions. Like when I blew my tire out a few weeks ago, and in the spirit of exercising my capacities as a strong, independent, capable woman, I strongly, independently, and capably got out my cell and called Dad. Dad had, like he always is, been up already since about 5:30 that morning, and, after getting home around 5:30 p.m., he had been fixing our sprinkler system. He drove out to a friend’s to get… Read more

February 27, 2017

What are you doing for Lent? The question is on most of our minds, with more or less grudging, whether due to our own awareness or because our priests and friends and mothers have been asking us of late. As a Catholic convert, the concept of Lent was rather nebulous when I entered the Church at 14, but I *knew* it had to do with fasting and giving things up. As I grew in my faith, I have had a… Read more

February 8, 2017

You know engagement and wedding season are heading to full force when you start seeing an uptick in posts talking about NFP. And along with those posts come the apparently requisite extremes that go along with them, and suddenly you start hearing all the questions necessitated by the whole being-Catholic-and-having-sex thing. See, NFP conversations, particularly in the Facebook groups and in corners of the internet at the more extreme ends of the spectrum, can, well, for us unmarried gals and… Read more

January 31, 2017

  So sour candy is *literally*the best. Yes, yes, I’m an adult and I can eat dark chocolate covered fruit things like the adult I am, without a single limitation except you know, my pants. But sour candy, particularly if I’m working on a project, is where it is at. The problem is that, as we all learned at 11, sour candy fries your tongue. In particular, Warheads are the most evil candy ever. Being an adult, however, no one… Read more

January 27, 2017

This week, I’ve been really struggling to find something to write about. With my Facebook feed enraged about any number of things, of late it sometimes seems the best thing any of us can do is to simply stop contributing the incessant flood of enraged (be that self-righteous or even righteous) emotions that just won’t stop. But the fact is, it is far easier to slam out 800-1200 words about what makes you mad than it is to offer a… Read more

January 19, 2017

  It’s not that I get anxious about things, it’s just that if I’m not up at midnight with a head full of doubts, trying to figure out God’s will is for me, I might actually do it. So life, right? It just keeps happening (unless it doesn’t, I suppose). All these choices, and you have to make them. They start off small, as a child. Would you like a carrot or a cucumber? Would you like me to read… Read more

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