July 3, 2016

I’m not familiar with Christ the Savior Orthodox Church, but I did stumble across them on social media yesterday morning. This post from last year is still making the social media rounds. Let me quote it in full for you: Important reminder on how we ought (or ought not) receive people into our Church home, and our hearts! Please read below. Christ is Risen! +++ Metropolitan Antony Bloom once explained how during one Liturgy he went out to give the homily… Read more

July 2, 2016

I just learned that an old friend of mine from undergrad I haven’t talked to in a while was brutally attacked. Please remember him and all victims of violence in your prayers. If you are able to offer any amount in financial assistance to his family at this time, you can do so here.   (image via pixabay)   Read more

July 1, 2016

You know that meme that says something like “Before diagnosing yourself with depression or anxiety, make sure you’re not just surrounded by A-holes?” Well, it’s not strictly true. If you think you’re having clinical depression or anxiety you should talk things over with a therapist. But you also shouldn’t ever underestimate the power of cruel people on your health. Iv’e been pretty frank about my struggles with spiritual abuse and bullying; I’ve mentioned being raised with toxic Charismatics,  my run-in with a… Read more

July 1, 2016

So, a funny thing happened on my way my to the log in: I was going to sign in here to write a post on something completely different, but I logged onto Facebook first. I found a thread where I was asked a question I had never been asked before, one I thought it might be worthwhile to answer here. First I will give you the question I was asked, then an edited version of my answer. I do not… Read more

June 30, 2016

Everybody have a seat. Yes, everybody. Sit down. You in the back, too. Everybody have a seat unless you’re reading this on your phone while pushing a toddler on the swing with your other hand, in which case you’d better wait until you finish and then have a seat. Okay, now listen. I’m gonna blow your mind. Don’t read this next sentence if you’re operating heavy machinery: Everybody already knows that the Catholic church forbids homosexual intercourse.  Let that sink… Read more

June 29, 2016

I got to talking with my friends online about all the things I used to believe, growing up with Charismatic Catholics. It turns out that you don’t have to inwardly pray a Hail Mary every time you touch someone. I’d been told that demonic oppression causing mental affliction can pass from an afflicted person to a clean person through physical contact, but a Hail Mary repels it. It turns out that you don’t need to have a crucifix or a… Read more

June 27, 2016

I complain a lot about my little region on the cusp of northern Appalachia, but I do love Appalachia, and this is one of the reasons why. My friend Haylea, a young mom from Southern West Virginia who identifies as a “hillbilly,” was not herself affected by the recent flooding, but she lives nearby. Last night, I found this post on her facebook, which I share with her permission: So, what had happened was…. The original plan: take a couple… Read more

June 27, 2016

… to today’s Supreme Court decision, can be found today at the Dallas Morning News  by Kristen Walker Hatten of New Wave Feminists. I encourage my readers to take a look! (image via pixabay) Read more

June 26, 2016

I admit I’m not a real iconographer, not by a long shot, but I’ve been trying to teach myself how to write icons lately because I feel so drawn to them and I love to paint. And I admit in advance that I’m very likely doing it wrong. But it helps me to pray. I was just applying a layer of white gesso to a new practice piece, out on the lawn so I could also keep an eye on my daughter on… Read more

June 25, 2016

I just woke up, as I usually do, brushed the twigs and hayseed out of my hair, stumbled downstairs looking for my coffee cup, and found that there’s been a kerfuffle with Peter Kreeft and some atheist. Michael or I will do actual research to bring you the scoop later, so don’t worry. You’ll know everything I know and some things I read about on Facebook. But for the moment, just let me say something. You know what Atheists are?… Read more

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