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Category Archives: Spiritual Growth

The Magnificent Tree: A Transformation Fable

There once was a magnificent tree standing tall and strong in the middle of the forest. Its trunk was wide and sturdy and reached towardRead more »

St. Hot Mess

“Be who God meant you to be, and you will set the world on fire.” -St. Catherine of Siena St. Catherine of Siena’s famous quote isRead 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 Importance of Friendship

There have been many times in my life that I have felt like I was a ship at sea struggling against the storm, wondering where land andRead more »

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

“See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation!”- 2 Corinthians 6:2 In the past two weeks, I have deep-cleaned myRead more »

Easter Season Favorites: Quick Takes Style

Happy Easter, friends! Yes, it has been five days since Easter Sunday, but it is still the Easter Season. We are in the Octave of Easter.Read more »

Being Vulnerable for the Sake of Her Soul

A week ago, I shared with my 14-year-old daughter that I live with same-sex attraction (SSA). Why? Because despite receiving thoroughRead 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 »

Reconciling the Home Front with Redemptive Suffering

Years ago, I got this twisted idea in my head that being home (with the kids) was akin to not being a contributing member of society. HardRead more »

It Just Makes Sense (Even as a Protestant)

My family and I are approaching the five-year mark in the Catholic Church. While my wife may describe her experience differently, IRead more »

Being Formed

Being formed–it shapes us into who we become. God shapes us, and it is our choice though to cooperate with His will, being obedient,Read more »

The Life-Saving Lessons of Lent

Lent was serious business back in my Catholic elementary school days. Meat disappeared from the Friday lunch menu. Our colorfulRead more »

When the Quiver is Missing Three Arrows

Behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb. As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so theRead more »

The Quietest Month in the Garden

A while back I was looking for a quote to reflect the gloominess of winter. Life had been difficult, I had made some hard decisions, andRead more »

Why Is the Catholic Sex-Life Everyone’s Business?

“I hope you’re not planning on any more children. Tell Bradley to get snipped, he’s got enough kids. And you better be on some goodRead more »

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