On Taking Risks and Doing Scary Things

It's been a bit quiet over here at This Catholic Family for the past week. And there's good reason for it. I've been working on something... a project on the side for some time now. And I recently reached a point where I was nearer the first finish line (more on that in a moment) … Continue reading On Taking Risks and Doing Scary Things

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?

Finding A New Mother In Mary

Before I was Catholic, I focused on Mary during the holiday season. I mostly thought about her, pregnant and heavy laden, making the long journey for the census just before her baby was to be born. Tired, searching for a place to rest. Giving birth in a dirty, humble place. Holding the infant Jesus in a … Continue reading Finding A New Mother In Mary

Some thoughts on suffering

Death and taxes. Two things that are famously known for their certitude. But, I suggest that death (and some might argue taxes) is merely a form of something else- much more frequent and just as certain. And that something else is Suffering. That's why I fully reject the idea that Christianity is some sort of free … Continue reading Some thoughts on suffering

Oh Child, I Have So Much Good in Mind for You – If You Would Just Obey

In reading the Gospels lately, there is a common theme in Jesus’ teaching that jumps off the page at me (JP). That theme: if you believe I am Lord, then do what I say. I really am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and I’ve come so that you can have life to the … Continue reading Oh Child, I Have So Much Good in Mind for You – If You Would Just Obey