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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 »

You Cannot Have It All

No, you cannot have it all. This has been such a disappointing revelation for me. I was raised so idealistically, believing that if I hadRead more »

When I am overwhelmed…

There are many ways in which we all deal with stress, we all experience that feeling that life is just too much and the feeling ofRead more »

Old and Pregnant

I have known so many women who have experienced pregnancy loss and miscarriage. I never in a million years thought I would be one of them.Read more »

Patience, please.

I once went to Confession years ago, and as I divulged my many transgressions, I still felt helpless. Typically, I am at peace and have aRead more »

The Magnificat– a prayer of trust

The Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowlyRead more »

To Everything There Is a Season…

When our children are young, parenting seems so difficult sometimes. Deciphering each cry our baby makes–  hunger? dirty diaper?Read more »

Real Men

I love men. I love real men—men of chivalry and honor, men who are enabled to embrace their masculinity. In a very sad way, we have aRead more »

Fear of Mortality

A string of recent celebrity demises has struck many fans profoundly. It is shocking, tragic, and downright sad when we think that icons ofRead more »

I am not brave.

Have you ever watched movies about heroic feats and actions of larger than life individuals who defeat the odds, brave adversity, andRead more »

I am mad at God.

I am mad at God. Am I even allowed to be mad at God? Doesn’t that seem quite heretical? I love Him, with every fiber of my being, but I amRead more »

On being a Catholic school teacher

I have been in Catholic education since 1996– actually since 1977, when I started first grade at St. Mary’s Catholic School andRead more »

I left my heart… at the university.

My eldest son is entering an out of state college this fall. This is a moment we have all been dreaming about. He is anticipating theRead more »

Catholic Poetry

There are many things I love and one of them is poetry. I make my living and serve my vocation as an English teacher. My faith, however, isRead more »

Sweet Sacrifice

I asked my eight year old daughter what she thought sacrifice meant.  She gave me a great answer: “It means giving up somethingRead more »