May 10, 2019

It’s almost Mother’s Day, and what says “Mother’s Day” better than cute babies? I thought I’d share some of my cute babies with you (even though they aren’t babies anymore… *sob*) to celebrate the #ShoutYourMotherhood campaign (a counter to Planned Parenthood’s “Shout Your Abortion” one). Elanor This is my oldest, Elanor (although she prefers to be called Ellie). She was 2 days old when this picture was taken, and now she is 14. She is starting high school this fall… Read more

May 3, 2019

Fr. Chad Ripperger’s name is one that seems to be popping up frequently in Catholic circles these days. His YouTube videos are used to defend a number of claims, such as the alleged occult nature of the Harry Potter books — a claim I’ve previously debunked.  More recently, he has claimed that working mothers are committing mortal sin by working outside the home unless they have sufficient and/or grave reasons to do so. Not surprisingly, I have several problems with this… Read more

April 25, 2019

Finding Catholic godparents for one’s children at their baptism seems to be a problem that’s becoming more and more frequent, judging from the number of posts I see about the issue in my Catholic Facebook groups. All too often, Catholic family members don’t fit the criteria specified for godparents/sponsors from the Catechism (emphasis mine): 1255 For the grace of Baptism to unfold, the parents’ help is important. So too is the role of the godfather and godmother, who must be firm… Read more

April 19, 2019

We know what happened to Mary, the mother full of tenderness and love who was never ashamed of proclaiming Jesus her son. Eventually everyone abandoned him. Mary stayed beside him. Mary was not ashamed by the fact that Jesus was scourged, that his face was spat upon, that he was treated as a leper, as one unwanted, despised, hated by all. Because he was Jesus, her son. And there surfaced the deep tenderness of her heart as a mother. […]… Read more

April 15, 2019

Has it been a while since you’ve made use of the Sacrament of Penance (a.k.a. Confession or the Sacrament of Reconciliation)? If so, you are not alone; many Catholics struggle with going regularly or even annually. It’s difficult enough to acknowledge our failings to ourselves, let alone confess them to another person; it takes a lot of self-discipline and willpower to force yourself to do something you really don’t want to do, even when you know it’s good for you (see… Read more

April 7, 2019

Please note: This post contains affiliate links. You can read my full affiliate disclosure here. I’m a fan of Claire Swinarksi’s “The Catholic Feminist” podcast, so I eagerly awaited my chance to read her book, “Girl, Arise!” It did not disappoint. Now that I’ve read it once, I want to go back and read it again, slowly, with a highlighter. Or maybe invest in the Kindle version so I have a version I can electronically search and digitally highlight. “Girl, Arise!”… Read more

April 1, 2019

I have exciting news to share today. I’m re-entering the workforce! Am I excited about my new career path? Very! It’s a brand-new venture for me. Although I’m starting out as a novice, I’m hoping to rise through the ranks quickly. This is a unique opportunity, for sure, and not many people are interested in it so there’s a lot of room for advancement. But it’s a job that combines three of my favorite pastimes — eating, animals, and eating… Read more

March 29, 2019

This is a guest post by Megan Harper, a member and moderator of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. In my postpartum sleep-deprived haze, while breastfeeding my second child, I came across a show on Netflix called Workin’ Moms. I started watching immediately: I have only been a mom for two-and-a-half years, but I have been working full-time since five days after I graduated college, with breaks only for the occasional vacation and maternity leave. I was excited about the… Read more

March 23, 2019

This is a guest post by Athena Carson, a member of the Catholic Working Mother’s Facebook group. You can read Part 1 of this post here. In part 1, we introduced Joy Pullman’s article at the Federalist complaining about the CRADLE Act and discussed the big picture demographic issues involved. In sum, Ms. Pullman is simultaneously 1) complaining about lower fertility and 2) opposed to a simple proposal to relieve some of the pressures causing lower fertility. But then she continues… Read more

March 22, 2019

This is part 1 of a guest post by Athena Carson, a member of the Catholic Working Mothers Facebook group. Many people have pointed out how complicated it can be to navigate family life in the United States, particularly in the areas of balancing family life with work. It’s an ongoing discussion as to what that means and what (if anything) we should do about it. Well, Senator Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) have introduced a bill called… Read more

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