Tag Archive: #reflections

A Prophet and His Native Place

Posted on July 1, 2024
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place.” It could be the slogan of high school reunions everywhere. I speak from experience — I didn’t go to my high school reunion, but I do live in the [read more...]

The Touch of Christ

Posted on June 25, 2024
For a long time, I didn’t understand why the virtual Masses of the pandemic were so wearisome to me. Theoretically, shouldn’t it be a tired mother’s dream, fulfilling her Sunday obligation from the couch, not having to worry how much [read more...]

The Perfect Storm

Posted on June 18, 2024
I am writing this on a Saturday morning. Saturdays are my writing days, when my husband takes over the kids and the house and I disappear into the office with an enormous cup of coffee and noise-canceling headphones. Saturdays are [read more...]

Living Parables

Posted on June 11, 2024
Whenever someone begins a sentence with, “This parable means…” I roll my eyes. (Sometimes I do this inwardly, to be polite. But I still do it.) We have a tendency to treat the parables like our mom’s favorite casserole recipe. [read more...]

I Love Being Catholic, Here’s Why

Posted on June 6, 2024
If you’re truly open-minded, you can find some truth in most religions. You can find plenty of goodness and beauty as well. But where is the whole truth of God—the “fullness of truth”? Fr. Mike makes the case for Catholic [read more...]

In the Family Way

Posted on June 4, 2024
Look here: there is no one more family-oriented than me. I drive a minivan. I wear mom jeans. I wipe unidentified gunk off of kids’ faces without a second thought. I’m all about family, but I’m not always a fan [read more...]

This is My Body

Posted on May 28, 2024
A friend in high school once asked me why I wore a Crucifix around my neck. She was a Christian and very devout, so I was surprised at her confusion. “To remember Jesus’ sacrifice,” I said. Her upper lip curled [read more...]

Spirit to Spirit

Posted on May 14, 2024
Talk to any couple who are devoted to one another. Ask them when they realized they were in love — call-me-in-a-crisis love, face-the-day-to-day-with-me love — and the answer will probably not be “When I realized he was only dating me [read more...]

The Truth We Cannot See

Posted on May 7, 2024
I only pray out loud when I want my kids to hear what I’m saying. I know what you’re thinking — hypocrites in the synagogue and the street corner; go to your room and shut the door — but I [read more...]

As I Love You

Posted on April 30, 2024
This week my children were learning about energy. We set up an experiment with toy cars — one was placed in front of another, and a third was pushed into the two stationary ones. The forward motion caused the front [read more...]