Cracking Open Our Hearts of Stone

The Calcification of the Soul

When you are young, you are a being of pure potential. Your life and your future stretch out with endless possibilities. Remember what it was like to one day want to be an astronaut and the next to be a…

Humble

Humility

Humility, the state of being humble or lowly, is a Christian virtue that we are all called to embrace. One thing I know about Christian humility is that it is not what the world seems to think it is: being…

Social Media

Catholic Pop Culture 2019

As I have in years past, I shall recall any good things from the popular culture that are harmonious or helpful to Catholic culture. There were many things this past year and many things coming up in 2020 that are…

Butterflies at Wal-Mart?

“I love your dress!” came at me like a chant from a cheerleader. A second voice echoed, “I love your dress!” I look up to see two joyful women. “Do I know them?” I asked myself. I didn’t come to…

Advent: The Reason for the Season

When It Doesn’t Feel Like Christmas

We are told that this is the most joyous holiday of the year. But for many, Advent and Christmas conjure feelings of sorrow. For most of us, we have magical Christmas memories from our childhood. The bright colored lights filled…

Straw Broom

Sweep Aside Notions That Get in the Way

Our destiny as human beings is to have a life-relationship with Jesus, to love him and be loved by him. But too many things get in the way. There are the day-to-day things in our life that distract us and…

The Freedom of Forgiveness

In my last essay, I wrote about the importance of forgiveness. We are called to never stop forgiving those who have hurt us. But I would like to take time in this article to talk about the benefit to the…

Kendra’s Dilemma: Am I Catholic?

Am I Catholic? A Struggle with Faith, Humility, and Surrendering to God by Kendra Von Esh Kendra was a cradle Catholic but without understanding or practicing the doctrine or engaging in the sacraments. This gifted, rich party girl, whose career…

The Story of a Painting

Never Stop Forgiving

One of my favorite stories about the Sacred Heart revelations is when St. Margret Mary Alacoque told her confessor, Fr. Claude de la Colombière, that she was seeing visions of Jesus. Fr. Claude asked for proof. He told her to…

Connection

Connection

Human beings crave connection. It is part of who we are. We are not isolated individuals, we are connected: parents with children, spouses with each other, friends with friends. But is connection real? Or is it an illusion, a mere…