Why I’m Still Catholic

It was an honest question. After listening to me recount all my frustrations with the Catholic Church one night after dinner, my sister-in-law, who is not Catholic, asked me very honestly, “So then why do you stay?” The question stopped me in my tracks. At first I bristled a little at the question,...

A Reflection of Psalm 139

Psalm 139:13-14 You formed my inmost being; you knit me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, so wonderfully you made me; wonderful are your works! When I was pregnant with my children, I used to spend endless hours wondering whether they would look more like me or my husband or what characteristics of...

What Are Your Blessings?

This past summer, my kids and I decided to grow a garden. We planned on growing pumpkins, zucchini, corn, sunflowers and carrots—planned being the key word. By the end of August, our garden consisted of a few carrots, some dead zucchini and pumpkin plants, no corn and some gigantic sunflowers. The carrots...

Thanksgiving Should Be a Verb

Sometimes it’s easier to think of all the bad things—bombings, murders, illness, misfortune—in the world than the good things. But we must realize that there are good things, even in difficult times, for which we can give thanks. For example, Anne Frank, the young girl whose diary put a face on the...

Revisiting Pope Francis’ US Trip

After I returned from my time in Washington, DC, where I covered that leg of the papal visit, I was on cloud nine. With the energy surrounding the event, it was hard not to be. I wanted to share the experience with all of my friends and family. After I posted what seemed like my 100th picture, I promised to...

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