Why Human Traffickers Aren’t Following You Around Walmart

When I first learned about the issue of human trafficking a few years ago, I was shocked. I learned millions and millions (figures now estimate over 40 million) people are living enslaved in our world today, despite the fact that slavery is illegal everywhere. Since then, I've gotten involved on several fronts in my own … Continue reading Why Human Traffickers Aren’t Following You Around Walmart

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

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 Love Confession

One of the topics I get asked about most often by my Protestant friends is Confession. So here is a humble attempt to explain what the Sacrament of Confession means to me. Let me start by saying I love Confession. Love it. It’s awesome. More on that in a moment. And then, let me also start by explaining a … Continue reading Why I Love Confession

Finding Our Calcutta

Today marks my one year anniversary in the Catholic Church. I reflect more on my first year as a Catholic in my first Catholic Stand article, coming out before Easter. But today I want to spend some time reflecting on a specific person that has been an inspiration to me on my faith journey. What's In A Name? … Continue reading Finding Our Calcutta

Tidbits: Superman, Spit-up Shirts, And Other Mommy Things

Oh man are we in the thick of it! And we only have three! Bless you mommas who have more. And bless you mommas who have less. Depending on the personality cocktail of our kids, one can seem like many, and many can seem like an army. Here's a few things, or tidbits, if you … Continue reading Tidbits: Superman, Spit-up Shirts, And Other Mommy Things

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