Sometimes, You Just Have to Be Still


I’m not good at being still. I’m not good at trusting God. It’s an ongoing lesson. There’s an art to stillness, and this weekend, I realized that maybe I’m getting better. Not good, but better. See you at Integrated Catholic Life for more.

Hands and Mary

The Promise of Mary Star of the Sea

When my first child was a wee little thing, grasping at other people’s fingers, I took quite a few pictures of her hands. So maybe I’ve been intrigued by hands at some level for many years. There’s no doubt that my interest in Mary combined with my interest in hands for my latest piece at […]

Spending Lent with Mary

spending lent with mary

A few years ago, my Lent began in an unfamiliar house, face-to-face with a woman who was living my nightmare. On Epiphany that year, my sister-in-law faced a horror I still can’t imagine, one that topped her list of sorrows and that changed my prayer life forever. When her husband, my brother-in-law, died suddenly and […]

A Few Words with Judith Valente on Writing, Faith, and Naps


So often, when I get the chance to read a really good book, I also have the chance to pester the author with questions. When I cornered interviewed Judith Valente about her book Atchison Blue for both and Integrated Catholic Life recently, I couldn’t help but pester her ask her a few more questions for […]

I love iBreviary (and the Liturgy of the Hours).


  I’ve long loved the Liturgy of the Hours. There’s something that’s both organized and delightfully spontaneous about them. And that sentence doesn’t make any sense until you experience praying them. Years ago, I bought the Book of Christian Prayer and that began a devotion that’s been strong within me, if a bit haphazard in practice. […]

Baring My Heart a Bit


I can’t help but laugh at myself every time I see my kids prancing around the house, at least one of them naked, one of them screaming, and one of them careening with a bang. I watch them, basking in life and burning off their before-bed energy, and I turn my mind to heaven, to the […]

Got Time for a Home Visit? No? Why Not?


“Mom, there’s someone at the door.” It was a Saturday morning and I hadn’t showered yet. I’m pretty sure I had only had one cup of coffee, so all my brain cells weren’t firing yet. That must be why I responded completely intelligently with a “Whaaaa?” “There’s SOMEONE at the DOOR.” They hadn’t rung the […]

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