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The Picture of Dorian Gray – a Catholic novel?

I teach a high school literature course and one of the texts that is a favorite of students and a favorite of mine is The Picture ofRead more »

Dear Husband,

Dear Husband, I see you across the table.  I see how tired your eyes are and how your body hurts.  I see you.  But IRead more »

Remodeling Our Hearts for Christ

We have lived in our home for 18 years now. In those 18 years we have put a lot of wear and tear on it. To be honest, it wasn’t a qualityRead more »

5 Ways Amoris Laetitia Encouraged, Challenged, and Aggravated Me

Amoris Laetitia continues to be featured in a variety of writings, posts, books, and conversations in the wider Catholic world.Read more »

The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: A Book Review

Can your marriage be better? Are you looking for something you can read and discuss with your spouse? Are you looking for something to helpRead more »

Approaching Communion with the Faith of a Child

This past weekend, my oldest daughter, Rose, received her First Holy Communion. My husband and I were primarily responsible for preparingRead more »

April: Dedication to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Eucharist

Last month, we learned about the March devotion to St Joseph. This month we look to April’s dedication: The Holy Spirit and the HolyRead more »

A Story of Love, Sex, and Sacrifice

In the past, those who promoted natural family planning (NFP) almost exclusively focused on the benefits it would bring to your marriage.Read more »

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad, Baptism

Our fourth child’s baptism was not going to be impeccable. I knew that from the start. But the Lord had sanctified me since the daysRead more »

REVIEW: Loving Baby Louie – Hope in the Midst of Grief

Alison sent me a message on Facebook one morning, asking if I would be interested in doing a review of a children’s book her mom andRead more »

Five Tips for a Long, Strong Marriage

On February 28, I will have been married for 18 years to a man who can still make my heart flutter when I look at him. (Except when heRead more »

Messy Lent

With Ash Wednesday coming up in just two days, I spent this weekend panicking and making lists. Lists of what to memorize, what toRead more »

Seven Quick Takes for January 2016 borrowed from 2015

January is here and with it, of course, comes a new year. So I thought it would be fun to do a quick review of some of CatholicRead more »

Linking Confession and Purgatory [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this two part series entitled Linking Confession and Purgatory, I explained the nature of the soul, one’sRead more »

Advent: A Time of Repentance, Penance, and Renewal

Advent is a time of preparation- preparing our hearts, minds, and souls for the Christ-child who will one day offer each of us salvationRead more »