My Dream House and Gratitude

My Dream House and Gratitude

Second in a series of posts on virtue. The first can be found here. My husband and I are in the midst of a search for our first house. We have a limited budget, like most single income families, and I often find my imaginings for our first house to be much grander than what is actually available to us. Ever since we were married I would find myself looking at nice, large houses thinking that it would be great for a large family, and knowing all the while that I would never be able to have a home as large or as nice. When you marry a man aspiring to a career in the liberal arts you cannot really expect to have the dream house, especially when your husband’s dream home is a combination of the Earthship’s of New Mexico, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style, a Hobbit style house, and Pemberly as portrayed in the BBC’s 2005 Pride and Prejudice. Since what we desire is fairly ridiculous and entirely unfeasible, I realize that we need to change our expectations about a house and be thankful to God for the gifts he has given us. It is so easy to fall into the vices of greed and covetousness without even realizing it. The thoughts of wishing for a nicer car, house, clothes slip into the mind, and when they are entertained the vice develops. Instead of falling into these vices, we can develop habits that create virtue in us. One virtue that helps is that of gratitude to God for all of His blessings. I may not be able...
7 Things: The Papacy

7 Things: The Papacy

A few weeks ago, the pope had to step on my 7 Things series and by the time I’d recovered enough from the shock to sit down and start writing, a terrible cold came through my house one person at a time like an evil, viral version of the game telephone. Sadly, it appears I picked up the charges. Finally, let’s return to our 7 Things series. (I had been doing a 7 Things series on Salvation History, but for the next few weeks, you’ll understand if I switch topics a bit.) 7 Things You Should Know about the Papacy The Keys – Sitting on my desk is a frame with a piece of fabric in it, the last surviving remnant of the “I ❤ My German Shepherd” t-shirt, printed with the Keys of Peter. The keys make their appearance in Matthew 16:16-20, where Jesus gives them to St. Peter. Divorced from its context, this seems like an odd gesture. As many theologians, Dr. Scott Hahn the most famous – but far from the first – of them, have pointed out, this passage in Matthew relies on the text of Isaiah 22:15-25, wherein a new Prime Minister is declared for the House of David. Thus, Jesus proclaims Peter the first Prime Minister of the Kingdom of God, the Church. The Titles – The pope is a lot more than just the Bishop of Rome. Borrowing from the Catholic Source Book, the pope is Pope, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Christ, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Successor of St....
Download This Children’s Rosary to Benefit a Grieving Family

Download This Children’s Rosary to Benefit a Grieving Family

In April of 2012, the mother of five children in our local Catholic school system passed away from a very brief struggle with brain cancer. Christy Gallegos was a wife, mother, as well as a nurse on a Life Air Rescue helicopter. Christy’s deep faith and her belief in God’s love for us afforded her incredible strength in her journey. This Rosary was recorded by the students, teachers, and leaders in the Catholic Schools of Shreveport to both bolster her family’s spirits with prayer and to help with the financial well-being of her children. 100% of the proceeds (around $7 per album after iTunes takes its share) from the Hail Mary: Children Pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary will go to supporting the needs of the Gallegos family. In addition to being a financial support, the album is a great way to foster an interest and love for the Rosary in your own kids because it is prayed by children. The short time between diagnosis and her passing was a study in living deliberately, preparing children for an inevitable loss, and putting affairs in order. In her passing, Christy gave those around her an example of how to live; her love for her husband and her children served as an model of hope for all of us who knew her. Please support the Gallegos family by clicking the “Download on iTunes” button under the album cover...
I Heart My German Shepherd

I Heart My German Shepherd

The end is near. No really, it is.  It’s tomorrow.  Of Benedict’s papacy, at least. Now, there will be many, many better written reflections on this fact written by far more talented and knowledgeable writers than I, so I won’t try to compete with them.  Go read them.  Hear what they are saying about his writing, his teaching, his general correctness in just about everything he did as pope.  I have, and will continue to do so over the next few weeks as we ponder what his tenure means to our church. This is not one of those pieces. This is simply a fangirl letter. I love Benedict XVI.  From the moment he first stepped out onto the balcony eight years ago, as I sat there in my living room, six months pregnant with my first child, the sadness I felt at the loss of John Paul II began to lift as if a heavy rain cloud had suddenly blown away and the clear blue sky of a September morning was visible again.  Here was a man, obviously  shy (like myself), avuncular, with intelligent eyes and a love for the Church that was easy to see.  He was a friend of my friend and I was happy to see him stepping into his role.  Knowing that he was to be our new leader calmed me and made the loss of my beloved JPII easier. Since that day, I have never stopped loving him.  B16, or Papa Ben as I often think of him, guided us well, and if his words offended some they encouraged many as well.  He spoke the...