Your patron saint for 2015!


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It’s that time of year again! I spent hours this weekend adding wonderful new saints to the list and updating the code, so the Saint’s Name Generator is cleaned up and ready to go. Click here to get your patron saint for 2015! One of my favorite New Year’s traditions is reading comments hearing… [Continue Reading]

Your patron saint for 2014!


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It’s that time of year again! I used my week of being under the weather to touch up the Saint’s Name Generator, so it’s all set for another round of saint choosing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Saint’s Name Generator is a simple program I created to choose a… [Continue Reading]

A saint for the year


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It’s that time of year again! I just used my little Saint’s Name Generator program to have a saint chosen at random to be my patron for the year. So, umm, should I be concerned that this is who I got? St. Michael the Archangel  Patron of (among other things): people in danger at sea, ambulance drivers,… [Continue Reading]

Forgiving the unforgivable: A conversation with Dawn Eden


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]

The Saint’s Name Generator


FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Check it out! I used some of my holiday free time to create a little program that will choose a saint’s name at random. (Yes, writing code is how I relax. Yes, I am a hopeless nerd.) Why would you want to choose a saint’s name at random? I got the idea from the… [Continue Reading]

Finding home

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail The ride home from the airport after we picked up our Kidsave child Rita was a little tense. We quickly found out that when they said in her bio that she speaks some English, by “some” they meant “not a single word.” A Colombian social worker named Maria was with us as well, and… [Continue Reading]

A name for baby Joy

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail As I mention in #2 here, my older children insist that the new baby’s name is “Joy.” It was the strangest thing: my four-year-old son got it into his head one day when I was still pregnant that that was the baby’s name, and has not backed down since then. When guests refer to… [Continue Reading]

Crying because I can’t follow God’s will…or my will?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A couple months ago I got it into my head that I was called to go to daily Mass. I’d been going to Adoration a lot and had repeatedly felt a strong prompting that I needed to receive the Eucharist more than just once a week, so I decided to try it. It sounded… [Continue Reading]

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A clue.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My post from Friday about St. Frances of Rome was supposed to be up on Thursday. After a fun but completely mentally and physically exhausting day, Thursday afternoon I put the kids down for their naps and flopped into my desk chair for my daily quiet time. It was like a taste of heaven… [Continue Reading]

Anxiety is easier

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week St. Francis de Sales and some bad programming at Google Maps led me to one of the biggest realizations I’ve had this year: that anxiety = not trusting God. For a long time I knew that stress about certain individual matters was due to a prideful insistence that I had the best… [Continue Reading]