Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

Hello and welcome. I'm about to wade into this topic because it is near to my heart, and because I'm seeing a lot of aggression towards business owners who have moral or religious beliefs that prevent them from maintaining their integrity and providing birth control to their employees. I think it's really difficult for those … Continue reading Why I Can’t Back Employer-Provided Birth Control Mandates

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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

On Beautiful Churches

The Original Problem I used to have a problem with ornate churches. I used to think the money would have been better spent elsewhere. I verged, at times, on offended. Then, I realized, I've worshipped in very expensive buildings that weren't so aesthetically pleasing. Yes, Cathedrals cost a lot more than the average mega-church, but … Continue reading On Beautiful Churches

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

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

I Want You To Like Me (and why that’s a problem)

When I was a teenager, friends were very, very important to me. As they are for most adolescents. I remember keeping a journal, and writing in it a list of all the friends I had at the time. I like having friends, and I like having friends be happy with me. Now, full disclosure, I … Continue reading I Want You To Like Me (and why that’s a problem)

Why I Accept the Authority of the Catholic Church

One of the big concerns I had as a non-Catholic was that Catholics don't believe in Sola Scriptura, or Bible Alone theology. Catholics accept the Authority of the Catholic Church on interpretation of the Bible, and to discern other Truths important to the faith though Tradition and the Magisterium. I now view the Authority of … Continue reading Why I Accept the Authority of the Catholic Church

JP’s Corner: On Cultivating Curiosity

Today I was pondering something that I’ve pondered for a while: how to teach people things that have made such a deep and meaningful impact in my life. I’m referring primarily to the journey back to Catholicism Lorelei and I somewhat recently made that she has so beautifully expounded on over many posts, but specifically … Continue reading JP’s Corner: On Cultivating Curiosity