What We Can Learn from the Benedictines

What We Can Learn from the Benedictines

It was a mild December night in Minnesota as a hundred Catholic adults converged upon the beautiful house of a lovely young couple in order to meet a monk. They entered the house and, having been welcomed with a smile, dove right into the fudge and wine and entered...
Why I Bring My Kids to Funerals

Why I Bring My Kids to Funerals

On Monday morning, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary,  my family and I were at Mass.  This is not unusual, as it was holy day of obligation.  What is unusual, to some at least, is that we were not only at Mass but at a funeral Mass for...
Overcoming the Advent Grumpies

Overcoming the Advent Grumpies

My favorite Advent was the year my second was born. She was due the second week of December and I decided to do all of my shopping and card writing in November so that I could just rest and not worry about the physical Christmas preparations. The Saturday after...
Literally Loving The One You’re With

Literally Loving The One You’re With

I know plenty of people complain about the prevalence of cell phones. We all know how annoying it is when you’re having a meal with someone and their neck is bent the entire time, “talking” to someone else via their cell phone. It’s rude,...
Why Remembering Miscarriages Matters

Why Remembering Miscarriages Matters

Every life matters.  As a Catholic and a staunch pro-lifer, I believe this firmly. I always have. It’s why I worked for several years at a non-profit devoted to “saving the babies” and was part of the pro-life group in college. Each child is a gift...
The serving dish

The serving dish

Thanksgiving is almost upon us, which means one thing: food! Sure, it’s a holiday about being thankful, but let’s be honest—what’s memorable are the grocery lists, the recipes, the eating, the overeating, the leftovers, and the “never going to eat again”...