May 10, 2019

***TRIGGER WARNING: ABORTION*** A lot had been building up to that moment. My mind was like a prisoner in a cage that refused to believe that it was imprisoned. My reality had been skewed, and I couldn’t see myself or my life situation clearly. The suffocating darkness of depression had first begun creeping in right after that terrible night in the ER. I had rolled my round, pregnant self out of bed at 2am after finding wet sheets all around… Read more

May 6, 2019

  I was six years old, watching Ghostbusters. It’s near the end of the movie, when the demon has risen and New York City is literally tearing to pieces. Streets are cracking in half, buildings are collapsing, people are screaming and running for safety. I’ll never forget the terror I felt at seeing even the church being shorn in two, the nuns and priests just as terrified as everyone else around them. I didn’t know it at the time, but… Read more

April 26, 2019

  I released the cricket from its cage After being deaf to its music Its heartbreaking melody Its solitary song Comforted only by the echoing misfit Of the walls it sang to   I released the cricket from its cage And now it’s gone I can’t hear its music anymore And the cavern it occupied, Shining and glittering and splendid, Aches in the flitting air Without its member To welcome home   I released the cricket from its cage Because… Read more

April 21, 2019

  The womb of the earth convulsed as He gave a sharp inhale Sitting upright and taking with Him All the deniability All the rationality   The ecstatic expulsion of all that is contrary Ripping from its sodden roots What held the weeds in place   Of every footstep misplaced, mistaken, returned Eclipsing the sunrise, sheering off the rock face Closing eyes Closing ears Deaf and dumb to what was reality, yesterday   How glad the soil He stepped through… Read more

April 20, 2019

It’s a magnificent day in Wisconsin, all sunshine and gentle winds and temperate air. Not befitting Good Friday, I think, as I gaze down into the dregs of my teacup. I idly wonder if swallowing the tablespoon of green sludge at the bottom of my cup will calm the already-nagging emptiness in the pit of my stomach. I’m fasting today, in accordance with church teaching. I did not give up anything during Lent. I intended to pray more, but I… Read more

April 19, 2019

Christ died today. I will not go into the mechanics, the psychological and physical torment, or the innumerable hours a victim of crucifixion can hang there, choking on his own breath, before he finally expires. There are far more, and far better, resources and reflections you can turn to for that. What I want to focus on today is His passage below–through the bowels of Hell. We underestimate the continuation of the Passion after Christ’s body went limp and hung… Read more

April 19, 2019

  I remember a few years ago, my mom talking about the priest sex abuse in our diocese. She said she almost felt there were some kind of dark presence that had long ago taken root in our town and refused to loose its hold. With the bodies of the flood victims in the ground and the sexual assault victims still living, it wasn’t hard to imagine. It felt freeing to escape it eventually, to leave memories of priest abuse… Read more

April 14, 2019

I can already feel your venomous fangs dripping to latch onto my neck after reading the title, so before I jump into actually decent pro-life films, let me say this from the beginning: I. Am. Pro. Life. I believe, wholeheartedly and without pause, that life begins at conception. I believe that children, both in the womb and out, regardless of race, religion, heritage, or location, deserve wholesome care, love, family, and a home. I also believe that capital punishment, euthanasia,… Read more

April 12, 2019

There is one thing that I really did not like about the film Unplanned. At the end of the movie, Abby (the repentant former director of a Planned Parenthood clinic) weeps and speaks to the two children she aborted, saying “I’m sorry I didn’t love you enough… I’m sorry I sacrificed you at the altar of convenience” (or something close to that). I don’t think many women or girls have abortions simply out of convenience. I think that trivializes their experience…. Read more

April 11, 2019

I swooned as I read the words: Thus amongst the blessings of marriage, the child holds the first place. And indeed the Creator of the human race Himself, Who in His goodness wishes to use men as His helpers in the propagation of life, taught this when instituting marriage in Paradise, He said to our first parents, and through them to all future spouses: “Increase and multiply, and fill the earth.”[12] As St. Augustine admirably deduces from the words of… Read more

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