Girl on Fire: How I learned that being a “good Christian” means being truly yourself

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Happy Epiphany! Happy New Year! I just got back from Nashville, where I was at the mind-blowing SEEK 2015 conference. There were 10,000 college students in attendance, and I had the honor of giving the women’s keynote. It’s the story of how I used to think that there was only one right way to… [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]

Non-Catholics, say hello!


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of my favorite comment threads in recent memory was the wonderful response I got to my post about attending the IF Gathering. Not only was the discussion great (seriously — check out those comments), but I was tickled by the emails and direct messages I got from non-Catholic friends saying, “I didn’t know… [Continue Reading]

In defense of crying about Jesus

My Benedictine medal next to my pass for the IF Gathering.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Speaking of conferences, I spent all this weekend at the IF Gathering, and…wow. Of the hundreds of women in attendance, I’m pretty sure I was the only Catholic. I was there as a guest of my dear friend Lisa-Jo Baker, who seemed to be both excited and a little bit concerned about what I’d… [Continue Reading]

When in doubt…GO


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I got a word of the year! The same day I said I wasn’t inspired to do one, God gave me one. It was one of those rare moments of getting a very direct and clear inspiration that definitely did not come from me. I was thinking of something else entirely, then, out of… [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]

Why a show about meth dealers made me feel closer to God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I mentioned the TV show Breaking Bad in yesterday’s post, and it made me a little nervous when a few upstanding Christian ladies said that they’d never heard of it but might check it out on my recommendation. It immediately triggered one of my Dominican Sisters nightmares: I pictured one of the sweet nuns checking… [Continue Reading]