[Note: When writing this post, I was thinking of reasonably healthy, balanced, safe marriages. I was considering the arguments, strife, and stress that might face a typical marriage. I do not in any way condone abusive relationships, nor would I ever suggest someone should "stick it out" in such a situation. Please know that [...]
I rose at the rather unpleasant hour of 5:30am to make sure everyone was ready for Mass. Yes, we always go to the earliest service, but I don’t typically have to get the troops moving before dawn.
It was Easter.
And there’s nothing like Easter (well, except Christmas) to bring out [...]
We bowed our heads.
We shouted, in unison, “Crucify him!” even as the words choked us.
We sang, “Were You There When They Crucified My Lord?” as we solemnly moved from station to station.
We walked, following the cross, and listed to the story of Christ’s [...]
Photo Credit: abennett96
I had already seen him in the store. He had walked past me and, while I’m really not in the habit of scrutinizing others’ cart contents, I happened to notice that his contained a really haphazard array of boxes. I didn’t worry about it, though; I carried on with my [...]
In the Catholic church, we often say this prayer (the Penitential Rite) at the beginning of the mass:
“I confess to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and in what I [...]
I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m a Christian and, more specifically, a Catholic here on the blog. While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “faith blogger”, certainly, it’s an important part of who I am.
What some of you know, but some probably do not, is that my husband [...]
Most of the time, she utterly delights me, that one.
She’ll throw little arms around me for a bone-crushing hug. She’ll whip through math patterns like nobody’s business, then sigh a bit if she’s expected to work on her letters. She’ll dance through the house singing “Twinkle, twinkle precious star, Jesus loves [...]
(A gentle giant, even as a toddler.)
I’ve already told you that our sweet A. is having surgery. That happens two days from now. TWO DAYS. Gracious.
Anyway, here’s how things have unfolded– the abbreviated version:
9/12: I get a call from the school. A. has [...]
It happened to be Ash Wednesday and I was with A. at his karate class. I had forgotten about the ashes on my head but, of course, there were the usual teasing remarks about it.
One of the mothers said to me, “I need to get better about that. We should have [...]
On any given week, only 20-30% of my church school students go to Mass. Of those, one is always my daughter, so that means only one or two other children go.
Kind of staggering, no?
Now, ours is not a church that tracks such things, actually. And I have never asked [...]