#LentChallenge Learning

I’m a week into the #LentChallenge of reading the New Testament in 40 days and I’m only two days behind! Notice the positive spin: I could have said, “I’m already two days behind,” but if I did, I’d only feel rotten about myself. Instead, I’m only two days behind!!! That sounds pretty successful to me. … More #LentChallenge Learning

The power of food

This is how unconscious I am about the eating of food: It is Ash Wednesday, a day of fasting for Catholics, a fact I reminded myself of multiple times this morning when packing to head home from the conference I was at. I’ve also reminded myself that my 40-day sacrifice centers around giving up certain … More The power of food

Who is in your stable?

Pope Francis is not the first pope to speak of the Church’s preferential option for the poor. Neither is he the first to criticize unbridled capitalism or critique harshly the belief in trickle-down economics. But his actions toward the poor and disenfranchised make Church teaching about the least of these much, much harder to ignore. … More Who is in your stable?

Advent Girl

The entire country, it seems, spent the past few days running roughshod over Thanksgiving in a mad dash toward shopping and decorating for Christmas. Life was focused on all things consumer. Or at least that’s how it seemed to me and a handful of “What about Thanksgiving?” people. I love Christmas as much as the … More Advent Girl

Hope – and fear – in taking the Pope at his word

I spent Saturday morning with a group of Catholic women that meets regularly to discuss matters of faith. The assigned reading was a 1926 G. K. Chesterton piece on why he was Catholic. It was a fair choice since many in the group have been asking themselves that question for the past few years. But … More Hope – and fear – in taking the Pope at his word

Be honest, but kind: Nice matters. Maybe especially with the truth

It happened again today: Someone told me she wasn’t Catholic, “but I really like your Pope.” I feel like I should start keeping track of these people – the not-Catholic-but-admiring-the-leader-of-Catholics. It’s actually pretty cool. For the first time in quite some time, being Catholic hasn’t meant being derided in my place of employment or the … More Be honest, but kind: Nice matters. Maybe especially with the truth