Catholic Life, Prayer

My Daily Bread

I’m always perplexed when I see people at concerts trying to film the experience.  What we can capture on our phones won’t look or sound all that great - certainly not as great as the recorded version or professional photos we could look up later.  Really, the purpose of being at a concert is just… Continue reading My Daily Bread

Catholic Life, Culture, Prayer

Why I Won’t Pray With My Phone

Phones are distracting.  We all know this. We take steps to mitigate our distraction, like silencing them and turning off notifications.  These are aspects over which we have control. Of greater concern is the more insidious aspect of smartphone distraction, the distractions of which we are not aware.   About a year ago, I attended… Continue reading Why I Won’t Pray With My Phone

Catholic Life, Food, Prayer

Living the Visitation

When I was on a silent retreat weekend during college, I came across a statue of the Visitation that made me fall in love with the feast. The statue embodies Mary and Elizabeth fully embracing each other; holding each other in strength, vulnerability, joy, and love. Coming back to look at the statue became my… Continue reading Living the Visitation

Catholic Life, Family Life

Top 10 Ways to Teach Kids to Love Jesus

If you’re anything like me, the journey into parenthood was rough.  Beautiful, humbling, overwhelming, and rough. In the midst of sleep deprivation and struggling to assemble various baby contraptions, it can be difficult to remember the “why” behind parenting.  It took me a while, but I remember realizing one day that I’d gotten so caught… Continue reading Top 10 Ways to Teach Kids to Love Jesus

Catholic Life, Family Life, Prayer

This Is My Body

“This is my body, given up for you.” Morning sickness. Heartburn. Backache. Sciatica. Weight gain. Labor. Stretch marks. Nursing. Everything I am, given for you.  Sleepless nights, given for you. Anxiety, worry, arms holding you all night in illness. Every waking moment, given for you. My thoughts are not my own any more.  My time… Continue reading This Is My Body

Catholic Life, Family Life, Marriage

The Temptation of the Checklist

Pay attention.  Soon, these days will be no more.   It’s easy to fall into the trap of surveying all that is left undone, and think: failure.  Dirty dishes, laundry wrinkling in the dryer, emails to be answered. It’s easy to fall prey to the lure of the checklist: each checkmark, validation.  The more checkmarks,… Continue reading The Temptation of the Checklist

Culture

The 10 Commandments: A Postmodern Translation

Using a newly developed algorithm, linguistics researchers have analyzed social media data from the last fifteen years. The results are astounding. After careful analysis, they have uncovered the ten basic rules governing our society: Thou shalt have no other gods before thyself.Thou shalt not rest.Thou shalt not age.Thou shalt avoid suffering and sacrifice. Honor thy… Continue reading The 10 Commandments: A Postmodern Translation