Devotions

The Source of Eternal Salvation

The Source of Eternal Salvation

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. //...
January 16, 2023
Christmas Past and Future (But No Ghosts)

Christmas Past and Future (But No Ghosts)

In the tender compassion of our God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death, and...
December 24, 2022
The “Scatter the Seeds and Go Take a Nap” Method of Gardening

The “Scatter the Seeds and Go Take a Nap” Method of Gardening

"Of its own accord the land yields fruit." // Mark 4:28 Gardening has never been my thing. I guess because I haven’t had as much success as the sower in...
January 28, 2022
The Saddest Christmas Carol Ever

The Saddest Christmas Carol Ever

"A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more." // Matthew 2:18 Today...
December 28, 2021
At Midnight, in Bethlehem, in the Piercing Cold

At Midnight, in Bethlehem, in the Piercing Cold

Happy feast of Saint Andrew, apostle, and happy Catholic New Year! Our new liturgical year began two days ago on the first Sunday of Advent. That means that now is...
November 30, 2021
Human Respect and a Dinner Party Full of Jerks

Human Respect and a Dinner Party Full of Jerks

I have spent the better part of the last decade being Catholic in the public eye. Also privately, thanks be to God, but it's the public part that helped me...
October 29, 2021
So You’re Saying There’s a Chance

So You’re Saying There’s a Chance

Today is the Feast of Pentecost. It’s a good day to reflect on what a bunch of ninnies the Apostles were before they became the pillars of the Church. If...
May 23, 2021
JPII Says We’re a Great Tree: the Mystery and Gift of Our Unity

JPII Says We’re a Great Tree: the Mystery and Gift of Our Unity

Today we read: “The community of believers was of one heart and mind” (Acts 4:32). Looking around me, I can’t say that description jumps readily to mind. In my extended...
April 13, 2021
Jesus Wasn't Telling the Pharisees to Contracept

Jesus Wasn't Telling the Pharisees to Contracept

While engaged, my husband and I decided to take an unnerving leap of faith and not use artificial contraception in our marriage. A friend who knew this recommended a book...
March 02, 2021
Why Jesus Puts Up with the Devil

Why Jesus Puts Up with the Devil

You have probably noticed that once again, we find ourselves in the season of Lent. Lent is the forty days of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving with which we strive to...
February 21, 2021
Scandal, Sin, and Saint John

Scandal, Sin, and Saint John

When a well-known Catholic—or even a loved one—disappoints me by falling into public sin or grave error, what do I do with that person? Should I not only separate myself...
January 09, 2021
When You Can’t Be in Two Hospitals at Once

When You Can’t Be in Two Hospitals at Once

This week in 2019, my then two-year-old son and my husband were in two different hospitals. My son was doing three weeks of inpatient physical therapy at Children’s Hospital, learning...
December 09, 2020