Q & A with Fr. Scott – Why should I do penance?

Q & A with Fr. Scott – Why should I do penance?

We have entered into the penitential season of Lent, and it seems like everyone with keyboard and a blog is writing about how to live this time well. We all know about the traditional—and essential—penances of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. We have also heard much...
How Are We Called to Be Holy?

How Are We Called to Be Holy?

I had a crisis of faith over the past few weeks. I was not questioning any points of doctrine or doubting God and His existence, but I was doubting whether or not I, as a middle class American with so many comforts, could ever really live life of heroic virtue. The...
Movie Review: Why You Should See Paddington

Movie Review: Why You Should See Paddington

Have you been to the movies lately? Yeah. Neither had I, until this past Saturday. For a matinee it was still a small fortune with eight of us. If it hadn’t been for the generosity of a sweet sister of mine, we wouldn’t have gone. Movie going just...
This Just In: Life Is More Than a Countdown

This Just In: Life Is More Than a Countdown

There are a lot of things I’m currently counting down to. I count down the weeks until my husband comes home. I count down the weeks left of this pregnancy. I even (gulp) count down the hours until my baby’s bed time. By these habits alone, you’d...
Tuna Casserole Without the Tuna

Tuna Casserole Without the Tuna

Listening to my Mom talk about her early days cooking is like listening to Normal Rockwell talk about drawing stick figures the first time he picked up a crayon as a wee young pup.  It’s funny to think of the great artiste at his first beginning, when he was still...
Learning Virtue From Jane Austen

Learning Virtue From Jane Austen

Every couple of years (usually during pregnancies) I pull out our tattered volume of the complete works of Jane Austen and read it from cover to cover. And with each reread of her novels, I discover more about how she saw human nature. This past reading I was struck...