7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 23)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — I really can’t believe that the baby will be here Monday. It’s now becoming clear that I’m not even going to be able to accomplish a small percentage of my “things to do before the baby gets here” list. Those of you with the nesting gene might be picturing that that… [Continue Reading]

Life as an eloquent sermon

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the many reasons I so eagerly look forward to all my meetings with my spiritual director is that we meet on the grounds of a local maternity home that she helped to found. Next door to the house where the moms live is a Daughters of the Mother of Mercy convent, and… [Continue Reading]

Why my life is better since becoming open to life

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail “You guys aren’t really going to have any more after this one, right?” a few people have asked me privately. “We thought about having another, but the sleepless nights, the diapers, the pregnancy and birth — ugh! Aren’t you just so ready to be done with all that?” a neighbor asked at the playground… [Continue Reading]

Recommended reading for Lent

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Can you believe that Ash Wednesday is already this week? I don’t have much time to write today but I wanted to throw out some Lenten reading suggestions based on some of my favorite books: He Leadeth Me by Walter Ciszek This stunning autobiographical account of Fr. Ciszek’s wrongful imprisonment in Russia is one… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 22)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — We have a date! Labor for baby #4 is scheduled to be induced the morning of Monday, March 2. That’s just a week from Monday! — 2 — One thing I’ve never gotten used to is that with induced labor you pick your child’s birthday. That seems so strange. Back before… [Continue Reading]

A friend of the Emperor

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m writing about the first time I read the Bible in the book right now. I thought I’d share this reflection that came to mind as I was writing that didn’t make the cut for inclusion in the book… When I read the Bible for the first time a few years ago, I had… [Continue Reading]

Stress and fear

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail With the new baby’s arrival only two weeks away, I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’ve learned in the 18 months since our last child’s birth. It was a period that I thought was going to be soooo hard since I’d have three kids under three, so it’s been interesting to compare what… [Continue Reading]

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 21)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail — 1 — I‘m sitting here, looking from the box of clutter in the corner of our living room that’s been there for weeks to the myriad stains on the carpet, waiting for the nesting instinct to kick in. Waiting…waiting… — 2 — Speaking of which, my doctor mentioned in passing today that we’ll… [Continue Reading]

(UPDATED) Sirius radio interview tomorrow (Friday) morning

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail UPDATE: I just called in to find out that the host had an emergency come up so they won’t be able to do the show today. Sorry for the last-minute notice, I just found out too! I will be on the Sirius radio show Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd on Channel 159 tomorrow… [Continue Reading]

Book Chat: Books about following God’s call, writing and getting organized

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Here are quick reviews of three great books I’ve read recently… Magi by Daniel L. Gilbert Here it is, that book I referenced here that is the first fiction book I’ve been able to get into in years: Magi by Daniel L. Gilbert. I discovered it when our priest mentioned it in a homily… [Continue Reading]