Guest Bloggers

Time Travel for Beginners

Who has not dreamt of time travel? My version of this came one day in an out of the way bookstore some years back. Browsing the shelves of used books is always interesting. Often, the more shabby the emporium, the rarer the gems to be found...

Hell is for People Who Are Too Distracted to See the Face of God

It was happening night after night; my husband or I would decide after the children were in bed to “do a quick email check.” The other would join in and before we knew it half an hour had passed and all we had done was give into the temptation to...

If You Didn't Want to Work, You Shouldn't Have Hired Out

My grandfather had a horribly unsympathetic saying: “If you didn't want to work, you shouldn't have hired out.” It eliminated anyone's ability to complain. Right now, as Catholics, we have a lot of work to do if we're going to be intentional...

In Iceland, Life is Gray and the Future is Dark

Did you hear the big news? According to CBS News, Iceland has nearly “eradicated” Down syndrome! Thanks to prenatal screenings, combined with an intensive genetic counseling program, 98% of Icelandic women carrying a child with markers for...

What Does it Mean to Grieve Like a ‘Good Catholic?’

“The right to weep must not be denied. Even Jesus was deeply moved and profoundly troubled by the bereavement of a family he loved. We can, instead, draw from the simple and powerful witness of many families who have known how to grasp, in the...

Hail Holy Queen Enthroned Above!

The Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, body and soul into heaven, on August 15. In the early Christian Church they referred to it as the “Dormition” or “Falling Asleep” of Mary. While we don’t know the circumstances of her passing, some...

Mary Mediatrix: Close Biblical Analogies

This topic is one of the most misunderstood areas of Catholic theology: not only by Protestants, but also by not a few Catholics. Human beings cannot fully understand many complex and deep areas of theology, because they are ultimately mysteries...

The Appaloosa Festival is Coming, and Scythian Will Be There

It has become faintly fashionable to complain about the Christian art scene, and specifically the Christian music scene.  I

What I Mean When I Say ‘Amen’

Take to heart these words which I enjoin on you today. Drill them into your children. Speak of them at home and abroad, whether you are busy or at rest. Bind them at your wrist as a sign… (Dt 6.6-8). “Amen” means “so be it” (CCC 2856) or “I...

Come, Let Us Adore Him

Back in 2002, the associate pastor at our parish suggested praying for an hour a week before the Blessed Sacrament. I thought, “This is crazy. I’ve got five kids. I don’t have time…” but found myself spending an hour a week. Sometimes, I’d pray...