I Declare It Christmas!

This Christmas marks the first without my grandfather. That, combined with some other health situations and changes in my family, was making this holiday seem a lot less merry. I had a moment of debating whether to ignore Christmas. Every year, I put up two trees, invite friends over for pancakes on the...

Bring Back the Joy…

At a time when Pope Francis has captivated the planet, creating the most positive energy around the Catholic Church in decades, sometimes on the local level, the Church struggles to get out of its own way. My parish, sadly, is becoming an example of that. When the presiding priest punctuates the Eucharistic...

The Sunday Morning Facebook Fracas

Ah, Sunday morning. A time to relax, start slowly, worship, spend time with family … and engage in a minor religious battle on Facebook. That’s how last Sunday began for me, however unintentionally. A friend of mine posted a photo of a church sign she found interesting. And from the depths of...

Prayer: It’s Just Like Weightlifting

This past weekend, I competed in the World Kettlebell Lifting Championships for the second straight year, and with a few days to absorb the experience, I realized something: I could be pretty good at praying if I trained for it the way I trained for kettlebells. I then thought of running the Chicago Marathon...

The $50 Miracle

It’s easy to forget how miraculous life is, but every so often something happens that’s such a perfect moment, there’s no doubt God had a hand in that precise circumstance. I generally don’t think God meddles in our minutiae—God really doesn’t help a baseball player hit a home...

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