I am currently preparing to speak on two topics at a diocesan conference for the first time, ever! I'm a giddy mess of facts, anecdotes, and random tidbits of far-flung Church teachings that I am organizing as a coherent narrative for my audience. Oh, and one of the two topics is that perennial favorite: Catholic… Continue reading Teaching the Cardinal Virtues: All Fun, No Fuss
In the protective recesses of Yale's museum is an ancient fresco fragment. To the average eye it is humble in appearance: the outline of a woman, bending down to what seems like a well. The long-held belief, logically, is that the fresco depicts the Samaritan woman at the Well, from the Gospel of John,… Continue reading New Theories and Old Traditions
Happy Easter! It's that wonderful moment in the Liturgical year where churches around the US see members come out of the woodwork and actually go...to...church. Yay! Yay? For those of us whose butts are in the pews every week, Easter and Christmas are probably considered the most frustrating times of the year. It's a reminder of… Continue reading God Bless the C/E-ers!
Over the last two years I stepped away from this baby to do some incredible things. Crazy things. Overwhelming and insanely rewarding things. And yet, just like that, I find myself called back here. Today is Good Friday, a day where we must face the fact that if we choose to follow God we will… Continue reading Return
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