The year was 2011. I was a senior in college finishing up my final fall semester. I had just completed the first of my finals and stood up to turn in my exam when all the blood rushed to my head and I lost my vision for a second. Normally, that wouldn't have been a big deal... this happens to everyone after long periods of sitting. But what caught my attention was that I only "went black" in one eye.
Pope John Paul II is quite possibly the most popular pope in history. Catholics' love for JPII is highly apparent, as his writings and quotes continue to aspire the masses -- especially the youth! Here are five things you may not know about the only Polish pontiff. His mother’s doctor advised abortion During her pregnancy,... Continue Reading →
It’s been two years since we moved out-of-state; that means it’s been two years since I’ve been in the classroom. I definitely miss the students. I miss their humor, their questions, their wonder… and I miss our conversations -- especially conversations about their own faith experiences. This past summer, “J” and I reconnected over social... Continue Reading →
On the feast of St. Gianna, I wanted to share a part of my ongoing conversion story and faith experiences. Almost ten years ago, I had an unexpected encounter with this selfless saint.
I have independent tendencies, even when it came to my spiritual life. While there's nothing completely wrong about this, the fact that I was only relying on myself did cause a major wound at one point. The Good Shepherd had to step in and remind me that I am a sheep, not a shepherd... I don't have to take care of myself.
Whenever a loved one asks for prayers, it's common that we may respond with a question such as, "What's his name?" or, "What day are you traveling?" or, "What time is the surgery?" Something about the details makes us feel connected... especially if we are thinking about that person on the specific day, at the specific time. For me, the events of the Triduum are no different. Here's an approximate timeline of the events of Good Friday.
Most Catholics believe that the Eucharist is necessary for salvation...it's probably even one of the main reasons they are Catholic. However, many Catholics fail to give their Protestant peers a solid answer as to why we believe this to be true about the Eucharist. While there are multiple arguments and reasons to support our belief in the New Testament, today's post highlights some support from the Old Testament
A quick and easy overview of the order of events that took place during Holy Week- with a special emphasis on those things I think most people do not know or have not thought about.
"It's not in Scripture." "It's a tradition of man -- and the Bible explicitly condemns traditions of man." "You've got something on your face..." If you're Catholic, it is not uncommon to hear these phrases around the beginning of Lent. In fact, as a practicing Catholic with a Theology degree living in the Bible belt...... Continue Reading →