When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

It's been a while since I've been straight up embarrassed in public. Though I lean introvert, I can typically handle social situations in an appropriate manner. This week, I was reminded how awful it feels to be embarrassed in front of others. We were at the pool for Lissie's swim lessons. I was sitting on … Continue reading When Grown Ups Get Embarrassed (A Lesson in Parenting)

On Woven Sari Blankets and The Dignity of Man

I have trouble with eye contact. Not during job interviews, not at home with my husband and kids. But definitely in public. I remember in middle and high school avoiding eye contact with others was a way to deal with my shyness. The subtle yet significant fear that I would look someone in the eyes … Continue reading On Woven Sari Blankets and The Dignity of Man

Shifting The Seasons

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

Do Catholics Have A Different Bible?

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?

Isn’t Being Catholic Repetitive and Boring?

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?

Why I Believe In Purgatory

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

How Rocks and Keys Helped Me Understand the Pope

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