Prepare [your soul] for Take-Off

  I’m a chicken. A big one. I need the saints – imperfect people who made it – fought the good fight and live eternally to tell the tale. Their struggles and victories are astounding because they had the wherewithal and humility to accept God’s grace and call to holiness. I love rediscovering St. Francis […]

the Glory of our humble offerings

It was Sunday evening at 5:30 Mass. I skimmed the first and second readings beforehand, but didn’t get to the gospel. As Father began, I caught my breath and smiled. The loaves and the fishes, one of my favorites.  I stood in the pew ready to soak it in: a gospel story that speaks to God making […]

Reaping Grace from a Generous Sower

______________________________________________________________________   FACT #1: Life is easier when I decide to be happy. FACT #2: Misery abounds when I pick discontentment over joy. I don’t know what my gig was – maybe I felt like the only human trapped in the monkey house, maybe I need more time in prayer (…not maybe) – but I […]

Mary’s “Yes” to Pain

Mary is a mystery. After eager anticipation and hearing reviews abuzz with enthusiasm, I saw Mary of Nazareth last night. While I admittedly had some reservations about the film from a production standpoint (looking at editing, script, looping, and acting only; separating these from the story itself) at a certain point I dropped the Siskel-and-Ebert […]

Praise God! (or I love me.)

I make no secret of the fact that I’m crazy about my husband. That he’s sweet, hilarious, or that we’re in love. Andrew and I are the best of friends and he’s my favorite person on the face of the earth for a whole SLEW of reasons. … don’t worry, I won’t list them. I don’t think […]

Fighting the “Look at me!” Tendency

Sometimes I can just hear God speaking straight to my soul: “Katie, repeat after me, ‘I am not the center of the universe.’” What feels like eons ago, I wrote a post applying Mother Teresa’s humility list to the married/domestic life (a revamped list COMING SOON); but follow-through has been a big ol’ struggle for […]

WoW Wednesday: The Papal Edition

I could make a whole litany of qualities I just love about Pope Francis – his obvious humility, his solidarity with the poor, his outspokenness and presence are already making his new papacy a memorable one. Because His Holiness makes headlines EVERY. DAY. he’s pretty tough to ignore, even for non-Catholics. God is clearly using […]