Your answers: “What is the religious climate in your country?”


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Since so many of you told me that you were fascinated by the comments to the post from last week but didn’t have time to read them all, I did the hard work for you! Below is a distillation of the 100+ comments that I received from readers all over the world: What is… [Continue Reading]

What is the religious climate in your country?


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail UPDATE: Check out the summary of responses I posted here! Back in 2008 I asked readers from outside the United States to tell us about the religious climates in their countries. It ended up being one of the most fascinating discussions we’ve had here on the blog, and so I wanted to bring it… [Continue Reading]

Explore your doubts, but do so in peace


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I hear from a lot of people who fear they’re losing their faith. They’ve had some doubts come to mind that they just can’t seem to get past, and they’re rattled to the core to think that their entire belief system just might be false. Since I’ve spent so much time in the spiritual… [Continue Reading]

A Life Beyond Reason


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I had another post all ready to go for today, but I’m going to bump it because I just read something that so moved me that I had to share it with you. Go read this stunning article called A Life Beyond Reason, in which Professor Chris Gabbard recounts how his severely disabled son… [Continue Reading]

How I went from lifelong atheism to orthodox Catholicism (Audio)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My story + 7 lessons I learned about conversion Thursday night I was honored to be asked to share my conversion story with the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults) group at St. Elizabeth’s parish here in central Texas. I wanted listeners to be able to take something away that they could apply… [Continue Reading]

Reaching gracepoint


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One thing that’s missing from the sidebar here at the newly-designed blog is my Why I Believe in God post. I used to keep it up there to give new readers a high-level explanation of what convinced me of God’s existence, thinking that it might even offer fellow seekers insights that could help them… [Continue Reading]

Where there’s help

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few months ago I was dropping some of my kids off at our parish’s Mother’s Day Out program, and a woman approached me in the hall. “I need help,” she said. I wasn’t sure what she meant. “The registration office is down that way,” I said, pointing to the Mother’s Day Out coordinator’s… [Continue Reading]

Maybe it was the music

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One day last year I told an atheist acquaintance that I’d cried at Mass that morning. It was one of those times that I just felt overwhelmed with the presence of God, I explained. I was so perfectly at peace, so surrounded by love that I couldn’t help but be moved to tears. “Maybe… [Continue Reading]

Finding rest

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The comments to my last post reminded me of an interesting moment I had in my recent interview with Nona Aguilar for the National Catholic Register. She surprised me when she asked about something I’d never really tried to articulate before: what the biggest changes are in my daily life since my conversion. We… [Continue Reading]

Reach for the Light: The moment I was no longer an atheist

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail These cucumber sprouts my husband put on our window sill caught my eye this morning as I was washing dishes. I noticed that they were growing at an angle, reaching out towards the sun rather than standing vertically. It reminded me of a key moment in my conversion. Somewhere in this plant’s DNA are… [Continue Reading]