The ecstatic joy of knowing you have a soul (and why I loved The Fault in Our Stars)


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A fun and surprisingly intense debate has broken out among my friends over the past few months, and it revolves around this question: The Fault in Our Stars: depressing or uplifting? One of my friends summarized her impression the book by saying, “It’s a sad story where everything is bad and then more bad… [Continue Reading]

The power of an “I don’t know”

Allison Vesterfelt

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Happy Easter, everyone! I hope you all had a prayerful and transformative Holy Week, and a wonderful Easter Sunday. He is risen! I want to begin the first week of Easter with a guest story by a new friend of mine who is absolutely delightful. For those of you who haven’t met her yet,… [Continue Reading]

The saint of the NICU


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Today is my youngest child’s first birthday! Those of you who were reading a year ago might recall that that wasn’t the best day. It was a rough pregnancy, involving bilateral pulmonary embolisms, hospitalization, and getting stabbed in the neck by doctors (UNNECESSARILY). The birth was not a ton of fun either — without… [Continue Reading]

Are we all delusional? (and other questions about having a relationship with God)

Explore God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail On Monday I met up with pastors John Burke and Eric Bryant of Gateway Church here in Austin to film a Q&A session for the Explore God campaign. Burke, Bryant, and the moderator Bridget Henderson have done an amazing job with this series, so it was an honor to be a part of it. The… [Continue Reading]

What is the religious climate in your part of the world?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every other year I like to ask readers to talk about religious trends in their parts of the world. These posts always lead to the most fascinating discussion, so I’m excited to do it once again! Take a moment to answer the following questions. I’m especially interested to hear from folks who live outside… [Continue Reading]

On proving God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s a huge movement that’s sweeping Austin right now called Explore God. If you live in central Texas, you know what I’m talking about. You pull out of your driveway and you see a sign in the yard across the street. You get on the highway and there’s a billboard. You drive past a… [Continue Reading]

The dangers of spiritual glamor (complete with a creepy Ouija board story)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Right before the New Year during my sophomore year of high school, my best friend and I got out her old Ouija board. As she smoothed away the dust with the palm of her hand and placed the board on the floor in front of us, she recounted to me with great emphasis a… [Continue Reading]

From atheist to Catholic – new talk

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I finally got a chance to upload the audio from my recent talk. You can see the video here, which includes the introduction by Fr. Dean Wilhelm and the Q&A afterwards. It’s similar to my conversion story speech that I posted last year, though I did add some new elements. You can listen to it… [Continue Reading]

Reason can convince you of stuff that’s stupid and wrong


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Oh man, was I in a terrible mood a couple days ago. It was bad. I’d had two nights in a row of getting very little sleep because the baby had been fussy, then had one of those days where even my smallest ambitions were thwarted: I wanted to freeze some leftovers, and out… [Continue Reading]

Video: My conversion story interview

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail For those of you who missed my EWTN appearance but wanted to check it out, here’s the full episode: To see more episodes featuring other guests, check out the Renewal Ministries website! FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail