pregnancy

Encountering Jesus on Epiphany

Even though I’ve been at this mom thing for ten years, I catch myself learning things all the time in the arena of motherhood. In the past, I’ve blamed this on the fact that I’m a rookie, but I don’t know…can I still use that excuse after a decade of experience? Yesterday morning at Mass, contemplating the magi who traveled across countless […]

Goodness Always Tends to Spread

Catholic Teen Volunteers

“Goodness always tends to spread. Every authentic experience of truth and goodness seeks by its very nature to grow within us, and any person who has experienced a profound liberation becomes more sensitive to the needs of others. As it expands, goodness takes root and develops. If we wish to lead a dignified and fulfilling life, we have to reach […]

Motherhood Is A Full Contact Sport And The Eucharist Is My Spiritual PowerAde

Mother and Child

I woke up on the Feast of All Soul’s keenly aware that four out of five children had migrated into my room in the middle of the night.  This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I weren’t weeks away from giving birth and already experiencing severe sleep disruptions.  With each of their noisy entrances, it took me an […]

The Virtue of Blind Obedience

St. Louis-Marie de Montfort writes in his True Devotion To the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nos. 106-110, that her ten principal virtues are: deep humility, lively faith, blind obedience, unceasing prayer, constant self-denial, surpassing purity, ardent love, heroic patience, angelic kindness, and heavenly wisdom. Nine of those are easy to understand as virtues, but blind obedience? ***** Hidden away in a hotel room […]

When I Was “Pro-Choice”

There was a time in my life when I was “pro-choice.”  I was raised by parents who were adamantly pro-life members of the Baptist church in the small Georgia town where I grew up, but their passion for this cause had little effect on me at the time.  When I left the Baptist church as a teenager, my immaturity and […]

What it Feels Like to Wonder About Miscarriage

This is to share the intense feelings of a mother wondering if a frail little life in the womb will survive or not. Many, many women know this feeling and it’s not easy to give it words, a mixture of hope and faith, heartbreak and yearning, and no one – no one – but the mother knows exactly what it’s like. And that’s OK. […]

Fr. Barron Comments on The Two Minus One Pregnancy

“…a couple of weeks ago, I read an article in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that was so outrageous and it was so egregious, that I just several time put the magazine down… just shook my head in disbelief…” Watch and listen to Fr. Barron’s commentary on “The Two Minus One Pregnancy”. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmvoc8LFdY4&feature=player_embedded Father Barron can be found on […]

Count It All Joy

The first Scripture verse that came to mind when I viewed the shocking video produced by NARAL-Pro Choice New York, a video that attacks the stellar reputation of pregnancy resource centers, was Isaiah 5:20: “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet […]