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Catholic Exchange: The Good We Have Within Us is Because of God Alone

The self-help industry has made billions of dollars convincing people that they simply need to believe in their goodness to succeed. Much of what is marketed by self-help gurus is called moral therapeutic deism. It’s a belief system that says that God is all loving and merciful and He loves you just the way you […]

Catholic Exchange: What I Learned by Caring for Holy Relics

A little over four years ago a friend of mine called enlisting my help with an unlikely and unexpected project. Her parish priest had just died and she was the executor of his estate. Upon his passing, he left his estate over 70 holy relics and artifacts from our Catholic tradition. The will was complicated […]

Saying Good-Bye to Homeschooling and Learning Obedience

There are times when we must truly confront ourselves and ask serious questions of ourselves and God. I found myself doing that a bit ago as I sat on my bedroom floor trying to sort out some decisions that I need to make about how to proceed in certain areas of my life. I’m constantly […]

Re-visit: I’ll Never Forget What I Saw at the Pentagon After 9/11

**I’m sharing this piece that I wrote for The Federalist 2 years ago as we remember the 17th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks.** In summer 2005, I visited the Smithsonian’s American History museum in Washington DC with a couple of Marine friends. All of us were stationed in DC at the time. We […]

When the Enemy Comes for Us and the Need for One Another

I have not been writing a lot the last couple of weeks. I’ve started various posts, but been unable to find the words to finish them. I hit a rather intense period spiritually in which I found myself taking assaults on all sides. I even ended up having two of the most horrifying demonic nightmares […]

Numb From the Scandals? Practical Spiritual Tips on How We Can Respond

As happens to all of us at various times in the spiritual life, I temporarily took my eyes off of Christ and started staring in horror at the storms waging around me in my own life and in the life of the Church. Saturday I found myself dazed after the initial shock wore off of […]

The Constant Powerlessness of Serious Chronic Illness

My husband quietly pulled me aside this morning and asked me to walk with him to our van. He needed to tell me that he had been coughing up blood again, but that he didn’t want our daughter to know about it at this point in time. He was about to leave for the ER. […]