Category: Faith & Inspiration

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

5 Ways to Counteract the “Gimmes” with Gratitude this Advent

To paraphrase the brilliant Jane Austen, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a modern child in possession of everything (s)he could possibly need, must be in want of more.” This is true whenever grandparents come to town, when their birthdays roll around, and most […]

The BIS Wild Retreat: Becoming WILD in the Spirit

The BIS Wild Retreat: Becoming WILD in the Spirit

The wind blows where it wills, and you can hear the sound it makes, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes; so it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit. – John 3:8 How do I even […]

Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them

Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Them

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.  May he rest in peace.  May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen. I think I heard this prayer […]

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

Cars and Mass and Letting Go

My oldest son has been a licensed driver for four months now.  I am almost over the shock of it. Believe me, it will still occasionally take me by surprise when he suggests that he run an errand for me or something.  For instance, I’ll […]

My Guardian Dear

My Guardian Dear

Today is a pretty cool day.  It’s the Memorial of the Guardian Angels, friends!  Have you thanked your guardian angel for keeping you safe from harm lately? When I think back, I marvel at the number of times my angel must’ve stepped in to steer me […]

The Scandal in Our Church

The Scandal in Our Church

I was having dinner with some friends last Saturday night when the subject of the Cardinal McCarrick scandal came up.  Being the only practicing Catholic at the table, I felt the need to respond.  I don’t remember exactly what I said.  Something about how I […]

It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated

It’s an Honor Just to Be Nominated

Seriously, y’all.  What the heck just happened?  This blog and I are nominees for two different Sheenazing Awards! But, what are the Sheenazing Awards, you ask?  Well, here’s a little backstory… Bonnie Engstrom over at the blog A Knotted Life has, on several occasions, run […]

Scoliosis and Psalm 52

Scoliosis and Psalm 52

I don’t remember the last time I spent a Mass in tears quite like I did this past weekend. My scoliosis-riddled back was all seized up and I was in a lot of pain.  It hurt so badly around my rib cage that I could […]

Where’s My Blue Flame?

Where’s My Blue Flame?

Last month, in my own personal read-a-thon of sorts, I read One Beautiful Dream.  This book by ingenious Catholic author and radio show host Jennifer Fulwiler certainly gave me a lot to think about! Now, if you follow Catholic Twitter or Instagram at all, you’ll have seen […]

My Offering

My Offering

As I was riding in the car the other day, Ike Ndolo‘s song, Offering, popped up on Spotify.  As I listened with one ear and used most of my concentration supervising my teenaged chauffeur, one line really jumped out at me. Jesus, bread of life, bread […]