St. Thérèse, Jane Austen, and Raising Saints

St. Thérèse, Jane Austen, and Raising Saints

I have been thinking a lot lately about raising a holy family and what it takes to do so, especially when there are so many negative influences in our society. I want to keep my little girls safe in their Catholic world forever, though I know that I cannot. I want to...
When Catholicism is in Your Bones

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...
Picking a Saint

Picking a Saint

My current RCIA sponsee (I’m the sponsor; ergo, he is the sponsee) asked about choosing a patron saint, since most candidates/catechumens do so before entering the Church. So, at the risk of making public his request, here are a few thoughts: Names: I’m...
SBFFs

SBFFs

I have an interesting relationship with several saints.  I talk to them, often out loud, in the same terms and tone I use with my siblings and close friends.  (Go read about it on my blog if you don’t believe me.)  I see no distinction, in fact, between them....