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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Linking Confession and Purgatory [Part 1]

For 2,000 years the Catholic Church has preached the necessity of Confession and of the existence of Purgatory. I have noticed that whenRead more »

You Did it to Me: Forgive All Injuries

Welcome to the series “YOU DID IT TO ME” where we will be discussing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This will be a twice aRead more »

The Happy Catholic: A Summer Resource Guide

We are living in some crazy times. The headlines can be very discouraging to the devout. Suddenly, it seems we are living in a parallelRead more »

7 Quick Takes – the Seven Sacraments

I was rolling quite a few ideas around in my head while the calendar days were being scratched off much more quickly than I cared to seeRead more »

The Catechism at Random: The One God and Savior

Last October I wrote a post under this same title: The Catechism at Random. It’s an interesting exercise to use the random number generatorRead more »

Walking the Line between Comfortable and Uncomfortable

Psalm 139 For the leader. A psalm of David. LORD, You have probed me, You know me: You know when I sit and stand; You understand myRead more »

That Grace May Become Ordinary

Being an individual can be fun, but God asks us to worship in common. Maybe it was just me. But as a Protestant, I squirmed when it cameRead more »

Forgive and Forget? To Forgive is Divine?

There are so many clichés when it comes to forgiving and forgiveness, probably because it is such a common experience and desiredRead more »

A Penitent Heart

Have you ever wondered how God can love you so much even though you are a sinner?  It’s hard to imagine someone loving us even when we’veRead more »