An Unlikely Disciple

An Unlikely Disciple

When I stop to think about the work I do, whether in the various venues I write or in my own home, it’s hard to stop from being paralyzed. Who am I to give anyone advice about Christianity? Who am I to…

Plant seeds and leave it to the Holy Spirit

Plant seeds and leave it to the Holy Spirit

I like to think I have some powers of persuasion, that I am good with words. But still, the fact remains: I have never succeeded in converting another person. A few years ago, I nearly severed a close friendship in…

Sharing Mary

Sharing Mary

Sometimes, it’s far easier for me to talk about my faith than it is to live my faith. Take Mary, for example. I have a huge and ever-growing devotion to the Blessed Mother, and I’ve even written quite a bit…

Star of the New Evangelization

Star of the New Evangelization

The stars were GPS for the sailors of many years ago, and Mary is our GPS when it comes to the New Evangelization. Her perfect knowledge of Jesus will lead us closer to Him, if only we let it. We…

It takes a village…a parish…a FAMILY

It takes a village…a parish…a FAMILY

When I left my job in marketing and advertising for the parish office, I might have had a secret plan to bring some glamour to the three-bedroom house that then served as headquarters for the parish staff of three. Now,…

Smile while you evangelize!

Smile while you evangelize!

I’m late, by at least two months, getting to Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s speech from February about New Evangelization. If you haven’t already, do read it all. In the first mention of New Evangelization, Dolan, who already had my attention, grabbed it…

Making an Old Story New

When I stand in front of my fifth grade class as a catechist, animated and enthusiastic, and mention “Easter,” I can see their eyes start to glaze over. “Isn’t Easter just about coloring eggs and icing cookies?” their initial reactions…

Defining New Evangelization

There sure is a buzz about New Evanglization. Everyone seems to be talking about it, doing it, or talking about doing it. And it has made me wonder: what, exactly, is the New Evangelization? What I mean is, how do I…

The Most Important Work I Do

Time for a guilty confession: I like to think I’m important. In my defense, I am. The problem is, I like to think I’m important to people other than my husband and my kids and my family and friends. In my self-importance,…

Finding Balance Doesn’t Always Mean “Giving Up”

If you’re reading this, you’re probably not in the club of people who have given up social media for Lent. I’m with you. I’ve discovered that maybe what I need isn’t an all-or-nothing approach. Maybe what I need is balance. One…