Depending on your point of view, the report released today on the state of religious life in the United States is either a confusing disappointment or pleasant surprise. After all, the years of the Visitation are peppered with ugly accusations against the women religious and disconcerting defiance against ecclesial authority. Surely the majority of media-informed… Continue reading Thoughts on the Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation
During the Thanksgiving holiday I was asked, in a nutshell, if I felt constricted as a woman by the Catholic faith (and more specifically the Vatican). It was a lovely discussion. Since then, I've noticed an uptick in the number of articles that discuss gender identity, feminism, and how much the Church loves to subjugate… Continue reading Church, Culture, and the Dignity of the Sexes
Advent is a strange season. On the one hand we prepare for the coming of a baby, innocent and vulnerable. On the other hand, evidenced by the Advent readings, we prepare for an unknown date when the God-Man ends the world in spectacular fashion. For some, this end will be ugly. For others, those who… Continue reading The Harbinger of Heaven and Hell
We are a week away from Thanksgiving, ladies and gentlemen! I, for one, am really looking forward to stuffing my face in the company of family. And watching football. And sleeping through Black Friday. What are you looking forward to? Gratitude lists abound right now, and I'm about to add to the pile. That being… Continue reading Thanksgiving, Catholic Edition
De mortuis nil nisi bonum. Don't speak ill of the dead. Why are we supposed to extend this courtesy? If the deceased was significantly more sinner than saint, why not be honest about it? Well, for one, it's a form of injustice. The dead can't defend themselves. Neither do they have the chance to explain… Continue reading De mortuis nil nisi bonum
Catholic stereotypes, at least the ones I'm familiar with, focus on the negative. Guilt. Sin. Damnation. Exclusion. Superiority. To my surprise, Catholic saints somehow became harbingers of these negative messages. At least, that's how they are viewed by many more people that I expected. No, let me be clear. I never expected the saints to… Continue reading The Veneration of Saints is About Humility, not Humiliation
My eldest has ADHD. It's quite an experience, raising a child who can't filter sensory input or control the way he responds. A few days ago something happened I never expected. Because of a wildly inappropriate sermon given to my son's 3rd grade class, I thanked God for my son's condition. Mostly because he was… Continue reading Take Up Your Cross, He Said. It’ll be Fun, He Said.