Saints: The All-Star Team

Saints: The All-Star Team

This past weekend, we celebrated All Saints’ Day, commemorating people who tried their best to live a life oriented toward Christ—and succeeded eternally! In thinking about saints and how central they are to our growth in holiness, I’m reminded of when my...
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....