Here it is! The song we created from YOUR responses about crazy days at church!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was blown away by all the responses to my request last week that you describe your worst church experience in 10 words or fewer. (And by “blown away” I mean “I stayed up until 1:30 AM Wednesday night laughing until I cried.) You can see the HILARIOUS comments people left on Facebook here. Musician… [Continue Reading]

Notes from beneath the veil

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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]

“He is not a means, and our joy is not the end”

6th-Century image of Christ from Saint Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A longtime topic of interest for me has been the concept of “spiritual dry spells,” when you can’t seem to feel God’s presence. I haven’t had a whole lot of emotional religious experiences, and when I was first in the conversion process, I had none. I felt like I was doing something wrong since… [Continue Reading]

The long thank-you

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My six-year-old son is usually bored at Mass. For a couple years now I’ve been trying to find ways to draw him into it, but he can’t get past the fact that it’s not fun. Honestly, it’s not always easy for me, either. I’m not usually bored, but I’ve experienced a wide variety of… [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]

When church isn’t fun

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I can’t think of a time in recent memory that I have had less fun than I did on Easter Sunday. It was the day I found out that feeding four young children a breakfast of donuts and Easter basket candy results in the same behavior you’d expect to see if you gave crack… [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]

Plan to love

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few months ago I attended a “How to be a More Loving Christian” seminar at our parish. (That’s not exactly what it was called, but that’s the basic gist of it.) It was a meal, followed by a talk, then some discussion. Before I got in line to get food from the buffet,… [Continue Reading]

Feeling taken care of

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The other weekend my husband went out of town with the three older kids, and I stayed home with the baby. I decided to take the opportunity to tackle pretty much every household project I hadn’t gotten to in the past four years, and ended up staying up until 3:00 AM on Saturday night…. [Continue Reading]

Seeking wisdom

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When I decided to do a weeklong fast from my computer, it was because I was overwhelmed. I had a lot of discernment to do and needed to clear my head. Now that my oldest child just turned five it’s time to start making big decisions about homeschooling vs. other education options, and I’m… [Continue Reading]