Merry Christmas! Happy Easter! I grew up with a whole bunch of Merry Christmases throughout December and a smattering of Happy Easters as the Spring season approached. And, as we all know, the retail stores think Christmas starts somewhere in July, and that Easter starts in January. For most of my life, and still, for the … Continue reading Shifting The Seasons
I used to get quite squeamish when sitting in Mass with JP's family, especially when one of the readings would come from one of the books in the Old Testament that wasn't in the Protestant Bible. The Books of Wisdom, Sirach, and others were foreign to me. I was uncomfortable because I was convinced those … Continue reading Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?
Hello! Lorelei's latest article is up on Catholic Stand today! A Lesson From A Two Year Old On Holiness This Catholic Family just got back from a Mega Family wedding. It was so much fun, and we will be sharing more about our weekend with you in our next post! -JP and Lorelei
I've heard the following statements, or some variation, from friends and acquaintences over the years: "Mass is too long." "Catholics always look bored." "You guys just do the same things over and over." But... is Mass really too long? Are Catholics all super bored? Is doing the same thing over and over again really that … Continue reading Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?
Oh my goodness. As a Protestant, Purgatory was the weirdest. Along with the Mary stuff. I didn't think about Purgatory much, but when I did, I had no idea what Catholics were thinking. I thought Purgatory was some sort of bizarre waiting place, like a really long DMV line. Or a bus route that just … Continue reading Why I Believe In Purgatory
I sit here, smack dab in the middle of Holy Week, anticipating the approaching daylight, but still knowing we have the darkness of Good Friday and Holy Saturday to pass through on our way to it. And I am in awe. In awe of the fact that we exist. We are on a ball floating in … Continue reading Existence and Jesus: What Are The Odds?
Just when ya think you're in pretty good shape... something comes along and reveals the sin in your own life very clearly. JP made a mistake this week. A very honest mistake. It ended up costing us $100. Which isn't the most money in the world. But, it was enough to provoke a reaction in … Continue reading Laying Down My Rights
When JP and I were dating, I would often come across his German Grandmother, Oma, at their large Savaryn family gatherings. She knew I wasn't Catholic. And, on more than one occasion she tried to get me to understand the Catholic faith by telling me that Jesus told Peter "On this rock I build my church," … Continue reading How Rocks and Keys Helped Me Understand the Pope
When a set of grandparents takes the kiddos for a few days, you begin to remember certain things. Like, for example, how to have a complete thought. As well as how to use the restroom by yourself. But getting that little bit of space, even for a couple of days, has helped put some perspective … Continue reading When The Kids Leave and Mom has Time to Breathe
Have you ever wondered what Jesus meant by something he said? Me (JP)? All the time! In my most recent encounter with this, while I was listening to the Gospel of John on audio I got to the scene where Jesus is on trial. On a couple occasions, Jesus’ accusers ask him who he is. … Continue reading You Say That I Am