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
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?
Has there ever been a time in your life when your actions have been misunderstood... or, worse yet, you have been misunderstood? When someone took a piece of something you had done, or a piece of who you are, and then turned that bit of truth, or added to it, or took away from it, or … Continue reading On Being Misunderstood
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)
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
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
I recently went to Confession. The theme of this one was how I'm feeling exasperated, and impatient. How I'm struggling to maintaing peace because the baby is at a demanding phase where she only wants Mommy. And she doesn't sleep for very long at a time during the day. And it's just wearing me out, … Continue reading Jesus, You Know Me
“There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.” -Fulton J. Sheen I don't know that I can say I ever full-on hated the Catholic Church. But there were many years where I know … Continue reading On Hating The Catholic Church
Let's begin by going back to a time when I was in high school, and went to see my doctor about my severe menstrual cycles. I was not sexually active, and yet the only solution my doctor gave me was to put me on The Pill. Zip bam boom, prescription written, filled, and pills in … Continue reading I Am Pro-Life. I Used To Take The Pill. Here’s Why I Stopped.