The Antagonist

Our family in 2004 -- the time period during which I met the antagonist in SOTG.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m in NYC doing book tour stuff this week! You can follow along with my adventures on Twitter and Instagram. While I’m out running around, I wanted to re-run an updated version of a post I originally wrote back in March 2012, when I had finished the final big re-write of the book. It’s about… [Continue Reading]

The Our Father, one word at a time

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Back in 2011, a bunch of wonderful writers gathered here to reflect on the Lord’s Prayer, one word at a time. It turned out even better than I could have imagined, and these beautiful posts continue to provide me with a feast of food for thought. Since I know that many folks weren’t reading… [Continue Reading]

Heat, Slip N’ Slides, and other things that ruin my life

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This is a post from 2008, but since my children are jumping up and down and begging me to get out the Slip N’ Slide today, I thought I’d run it again. The neighbor girls wanted to play with the Slip N’ Slide today. I tried to talk them out of it, but when… [Continue Reading]

Readers talk about the religious climates in their countries

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been looking for an excuse to re-run this post, since it took me a looooong time to put it together, and it generated a fascinating discussion. As I get everything back in order from filming week, I thought this would be the perfect time to run it again. It was originally published on February 14,… [Continue Reading]

The God who becomes dust

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘m off to the CNMC! This post was originally published on August 4, 2010. I made an early-morning holy hour a couple weeks ago. The stars were still out when I pulled into the Adoration chapel’s parking lot, but the first row was almost full; there was only one space left. When I walked… [Continue Reading]

What St. Francis gathering stones taught me about discernment

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post was originally published on November 3, 2010. I’ve been thinking about the topic of discernment again lately. How do I know what God wants me to do in this or that situation? If I have a bunch of good options in front of me, which one do I choose? This is the… [Continue Reading]

Buying a Cookie at Whole Foods: The story of an epic voyage

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Every now and then I have one of those moments when I realize just how much life has changed since my conversion. One such occasion occurred earlier this week when I made a trip to Whole Foods. It was a spontaneous decision, based on vague positive associations of the organic foods chain rather than… [Continue Reading]

Getting older…getting younger

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post was originally published on April 9, 2008. My husband and I came across some old photos the other day. It was fun to take a trip down memory lane as we glanced through our pictures from a 2003 vacation, but I was surprisingly caught off guard when he made the passing comment,… [Continue Reading]

Good drama, bad drama (and how to know the difference)

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post was originally published on July 12, 2010. I recently finished the fascinating book The War of Art by bestselling author Steven Pressfield, which is a sort of field guide to spiritual warfare. He goes through practical tactics for defeating what he calls “Resistance,” i.e. the malevolent force that works to prevent anything… [Continue Reading]

How I was reminded that focusing on Christ keeps you sane

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post was originally published on April 14, 2010. I originally called it “The Rosary: I’ve been doing it wrong!” but commenters rightfully pointed out that there’s no “wrong” way to pray. When I was researching Catholicism I constantly heard about the astounding power of the Rosary, so I decided to give it a… [Continue Reading]