When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Apr 10 When Catholicism is in Your Bones

Since we moved to Minnesota, my family and I have been meeting a lot of converts, many of them my husband’s colleague at the Catholic university where he is a professor. It seems that more of them than not are converts. The other day a distinguished colleague asked my husband, “You are a cradle Catholic, aren’t you?” After my husband assured him that he was, his friend said decidedly,...

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A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

Mar 26 A Confession about Confession (A Book Review)

I have a confession to make.  It’s something I’ve learned about myself over the last couple of years of having children who have reached the age of reason: I’m terrible at going to Confession.  Over that last two years, I have managed to prepare two of my children to receive their first Penance and First Holy Communion. I have made sure that they have attended Mass every...

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One Baptism to Rule Them All…

Jun 27 One Baptism to Rule Them All…

In 2004, I attended the annual FOCUS conference as a Junior in college.  The conference was held in Denver and was filled with amazing experiences from bumping into Jim Caviezel in the hotel elevator (and having a 10 minute conversation about my vocation) to Eucharistic adoration with 2,000 fellow college students. One of the breakout sessions featured Jonathan Reyes who spoke about the...

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Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

Apr 23 Only the Penitent Man Will Pass

This past week, I found myself watching a rather politically-inflammatory video that was prefaced by an advertisement for a book about the end of the world…

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Are We Using Religious Education and Confirmation As a Stick and Carrot?

Mar 12 Are We Using Religious Education and Confirmation As a Stick and Carrot?

Growing up in a faithful Catholic family, I received the sacraments at the ages regulated within the Dallas diocese – the same ages more or less seen around the country.  Naturally, my baptism occurred about a month into my life and I recall nothing – life changing graces received.  I received my first communion sometime around the age of reason and didn’t like the taste of...

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