7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 19)

— 1 — Go take five minutes to uplift your day by watching this beautiful video about the lives of the cloistered nuns of Our Lady of the Rosary in New Jersey. (via Creative Minority Report) One of the older sisters said something that jumped out at me: The only thing that would make a… [Continue Reading]

Trusting God with your dreams (a book update)

Some of you have kindly asked how the bo is going. Here’s my response. I’ve always wanted to write a bo. I can’t remember a time when that wasn’t one of my biggest dreams. After my conversion my vision for what mattered in life changed drastically (as I wrote about here), and I found great… [Continue Reading]

Answering your questions!

Since all of you asked some great questions in response to the Great ete of 2009, I thought I’d take the opportunity to answer some of them. Sorry I couldn’t get to them all, I just chose the ones that I could answer quickly since I’m short on time. 1. “Write about scorpions.” (The Sojourner)… [Continue Reading]

A day at the Texas March for Life

Friday night I told my husband I probably wasn’t going to go to the Texas March for Life with him the next day. My husband, who also used to be staunchly pro-choice, really wanted to go, but I had a million things to do and it was going to be cold. I said a little… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 18)

— 1 — Lo! An official 7 Quick Takes logo, as promised! This is now officially a classy meme, people. (OK, I know it’s not the best meme logo in the world, but I had fun putting it together.) Feel free to use it in your own 7 Quick Takes posts if you’d like! —… [Continue Reading]

Of prank calls and humility

One evening when I was in college some friends and I were sitting around in my dorm room, getting ready to head out to go to a party, when the phone rang. Caller ID showed that it was yet another telemarketer. Our number had been inundated with sales calls, and I was getting sick of… [Continue Reading]

What is it like to "hear" an answer to prayers?

I actually found myself with about 45 minutes of extra free time this afternoon, so I thought I’d quickly touch on this great question I just got in response to my last post. Reader Marissa, a former atheist, writes: You said you “heard” an answer during prayer. What is that like? Is it like a… [Continue Reading]

Sweets and scales: trading one high for another

This post is part of a series about re-thinking my relationship to food, which I call “The Saint Diet” to remind myself that the ultimate goal is deeper union with God. You can read all the posts on the subject here (scroll down to see them all). When I first realized that now was the… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 17)

— 1 — Ugh. Honestly? It hasn’t been a great week. Other than some very bright spots like one dear friend cleaning my house and another bringing over some icious homemade meals for me to keep in my freezer, it was one of those weeks where I felt like I just could not control the… [Continue Reading]