Summer (Jesus) Lovin’

Summer (Jesus) Lovin’

Every summer, no matter what our occupation in life is, we usually find ourselves “taking a break.” We might not be in school and have the traditional summer hiatus from work, but there’s still a moratorium on many routines. Bible studies and prayer...
10 Tips for New Catholic Bloggers

10 Tips for New Catholic Bloggers

A month and a half ago, I wrote a piece on the 10 signs you might be called to be a Catholic blogger. Among those signs, I mentioned passion, humor, knowledge, dynamism, and facial hair (h/t to Mark Shea for linking to the post after having a good laugh). Since then,...
Confessions of an Ex-LifeTeen Musician

Confessions of an Ex-LifeTeen Musician

Music is a very, very dear thing to me and I think I was born with rock in my bones.  In my most tender years and onward, my siblings and I were not allowed to listen to anything other than religious music.  I tended toward a few select tracks by Michael W. Smith,...
Dyslexia of the Soul

Dyslexia of the Soul

Mikki and I married in Summer 2005, and immediately tried to have children.  We used NFP to try to conceive, and she took all the necessary vitamins to try to increase the chances of conception.  After a few years and no babies, my wife decided she wanted a dog...
Can Catholics Be Transcendentalists?

Can Catholics Be Transcendentalists?

Note: this question is about the Transcendentalist movement of the 19th century, not the Transcendentalism of Eastern meditation practices. When I was in high school, my sophomore English teacher made us read the works of Transcendentalism (e.g., Thoreau) and...