Why do we suffer? I’ve wrestled with this question and with God for a long, long time. It’s still a struggle sometimes, more often than I’d like to admit. If God is so good, and if God loves me like He says He does, then WHY do I have to fight a chronic illness? Why … Continue reading Making Sense of Suffering
I write a lot of serious stuff on this blog; I don’t want it to turn into my corner of the internet to be all serious, all the time. So I thought I’d share some thoughts on my first experience watching the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Yes, shocking as it is, I had never … Continue reading 7 Thoughts on Seeing Lord of the Rings for the First Time
I’ve been away from blogging for a few weeks to travel, recharge, and catch up with other life obligations but now I am BACK and I have a few things to say about… liturgical music. This is a post that’s been brewing for months but I didn’t quite have the right words to say until … Continue reading Music at Mass: Fewer Guitars, More Chant
All day today and for the past few days, I’ve been following the status of little Alfie Evans. He’s a little British boy--just about two years old--who is very sick. In doing what socialized healthcare systems are so good at doing, the NHS has determined that further treatment “isn’t in Alfie’s best interests” and that … Continue reading Why is the world celebrating the #RoyalBaby, but watching #AlfieEvans die?
I was perusing Twitter last night and in between Divine Mercy images and the tweets written by witty priests (#CatholicTwitter is VERY entertaining, by the way) I came across one tweet that expressed immense frustration with something recently posted by the @Women’sMarch account. To recap: the “Women’s March” group is the one that marched on … Continue reading Backpage, #MeToo, & Why Catholics Should Proclaim the Truth About Sex & Marriage
Tonight is so very special. Thousands of people will be received into the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church at Easter Vigil liturgies around the world. Some have risked or given up everything to be here: friendships. Careers. Family ties. Others, by their conversion, are joining their family members at the Eucharistic table. Regardless, the … Continue reading Easter Vigil, from a Catholic Convert
Yesterday the Church recognized perhaps the most silent saint of the Catholic faith, but one of the most important: St. Joseph, the earthly father of our Lord Jesus Christ. I must admit, I’ve never been very devoted to St. Joseph until relatively recently. I’m not a husband or father, obviously, so I assumed I could … Continue reading Trust, Obedience, & Chastity: A Reflection on St. Joseph