The secret to an intentional Christmas

Kendra Tierney

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was surprised by the wide variety of reactions that bubbled within me when I read Kendra Tierney’s post about how she’s not giving her kids toys for Christmas. In about three seconds, I went from “THAT’S NUTS!” to “It sort of makes sense but I would never do that” to “Maybe I should do… [Continue Reading]

Notes from beneath the veil


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I wore a chapel veil to church for the first time ever yesterday. It’s something I’d wanted to/felt called to do for years, and I finally committed to doing it during Lent. I didn’t make it to Mass last week because, you know, snakes on a plane, so this Sunday’s Mass was my first… [Continue Reading]

The secret of a domestic monastery


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The kids running around Mt. Angel Abbey For years I’ve been fascinated with the idea of creating a “domestic monastery.” To me, that concept evoked a home that’s orderly and prayerful, a haven where you could go to retreat from the stress of the world. Something deep within me yearned for this kind of… [Continue Reading]

A Hallmark card for God


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It was Yaya‘s birthday a couple of weeks ago, and when the time came to write up a card, I froze. How could I possibly express my appreciation for all that she does for us? This was when I was bad-busy, when I’d gotten myself in over my head with so many commitments that… [Continue Reading]

And the truth shall make you free


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail So, umm, Father Corapi. Yeah. Wow. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the situation, here’s a summary. Long story short, the ministry of the great Fr. John Corapi as we know it has come to an end. He says he will continue to serve under the name “The Black Sheepdog” for now,… [Continue Reading]

Tell me about your plans for Lent!


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail What are your plans for Lent? (If you’re not familiar with this season, which starts Wednesday, Marcel Lejeune has the answers to all your questions here.) I know that some people don’t like discussing this publicly, since it can sometimes degenerate into a one-upsmanship contest in which the final commenter triumphs with her announcement… [Continue Reading]

Recommended reading for Lent

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Ash Wednesday is just around the corner (March 9), so I wanted to share my suggestions for great Lenten reads, and get your suggestions as well. Also, based on some emails I’ve been getting with questions about Lent, I wanted to say: If you’re considering observing Lent but aren’t familiar with it, I strongly… [Continue Reading]

Ordinary Time: A Revelation

Christmas Lights

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Was your Christmas less than picture perfect? Then you’re going to love this guest post by one of my favorite writers, Simcha Fisher. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with the liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is the liturgical season outside of specific liturgical seasons like Lent, Advent, Christmas, etc. The Christmas season just ended,… [Continue Reading]

Baby steps for celebrating Advent: 24 super simple ideas


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail With over 100 comments to my post about Advent, you really came through with some wonderful ideas about taking “baby steps” into Advent! As always, I read every single comment, and I thought it might be helpful to others if I posted some examples of all the great ideas everyone shared. For my fellow… [Continue Reading]

What are some “baby steps” for celebrating Advent?

Christmas decoration with candles and gingerbread house

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I hate to admit this, but I’ve come to associate Advent with EPIC FAIL. (And preparing the way for the glorious birth of Christ, of course. That and EPIC FAIL.) Every year for the past three years I’ve tried lead my family in some of the rich traditions that this beautiful part of the… [Continue Reading]