Six questions for conquering crazy-think and making good decisions

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I don’t do suffering well. Some generous people said that they thought I handled the pulmonary embolism thing gracefully, but a) they would have retracted all of that and slowly backed away in fear if they could have heard my inner dialogue, and b) sitting in a quiet hospital room and listening to my iPod… [Continue Reading]

Forgiving the unforgivable: A conversation with Dawn Eden

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail For many of you, Dawn Eden needs no introduction. She’s a popular blogger, a former rock journalist, Catholic convert, and author of the bestselling book The Thrill of the Chaste. I recently had the honor of interviewing her for the National Catholic Register, where she spoke for the first time publicly about her own… [Continue Reading]

How to keep the internet from driving you crazy

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail There’s been a fair amount of smack directed my way on the ol’ internet lately. For those of you who haven’t been following the fun over at my Register blog, there was was this, then this, and this, and this, and this. I could list a bunch more examples, but you get the idea…. [Continue Reading]

Explore your doubts, but do so in peace

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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]

Fancy meeting you here!

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A priest friend of a friend once commented, “I could be a saint if it weren’t for the people!” I feel that way all the time. I’m so easily annoyed; it’s probably my worst personality defect. I’m like a grouchy old lady waiting to happen: just give me a cane and a rocker, and… [Continue Reading]

Of cat ownership and “little” sins

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My post from Monday reminded me of a story that’s been in my “to write about” stack for more than a year, yet another lesson along the lines of “be very careful about not being loving at all times…” Longtime readers may remember that a couple years ago I had some serious angst about… [Continue Reading]

Choosing patience

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When we found out that all our paperwork was approved and we’d be hosting a Kidsave child this summer, one of the first things I thought was that I was going to have to work on patience. I had always thought of myself as a fairly patient mom, especially considering my circumstances with four… [Continue Reading]

The Saint Diet

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post is part of a series about re-thinking my relationship to food, which I call “The Saint Diet” to remind myself that the ultimate goal is deeper union with God. You can read all the posts on the subject here (scroll down to see them all). A couple weeks ago I was talking… [Continue Reading]

It’s easy to love people far away

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Earlier this week, I had a falling out with a relative. We haven’t spoken since. I’ve been praying about this (though my prayers are admittedly along the lines of “DID YOU SEE THAT?! I am NOT going to apologize. I did not do ANYTHING wrong…”), and I keep getting this nagging feeling that I’m… [Continue Reading]

The story of a friendship

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Remember the kids who were ringing my doorbell and running? They kept doing it. I talked to them about it again, as kindly and calmly as possible, and yet they kept at it, usually waking up my children and shattering my free time in the process. I’d been trying not to bring it up… [Continue Reading]