Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast: Father Barron on Mary

"The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico

Someday, I expect my relationship with the Blessed Virgin will make more sense to me than it does now. I think of her every day. I catch myself muttering to her. I’m caught unaware by her image all. the. time. And yet… And yet, it still seems strange to me. It’s not unusual that Mary […]

A Chat about Love & Salt (with an excerpt too!)


Have you read Love & Salt: A Spiritual Friendship Shared in Letters yet? It’s been out for a year, and it’s a delightful read. And hey, it’s Lenten in nature! It’s also winning some awards and getting some well-deserved hoorah. That’s all well and good, and you should buy it and read it and share it. A year […]

Looking for Apps? Here Ya Go.


Just heard that Al Kresta is re-airing the interview this afternoon that I did with him a few weeks ago about Catholic apps. You can listen live between 4-6 p.m. ET by clicking the LISTEN LIVE button in the right-hand corner of the Ave Maria Radio website. In the interview, you’ll find out that: 1. […]

Catholic App-a-holic Talks Nonstop


So I was on with Al Kresta today and I was totally outed that: 1. I do not have a smartphone. (And I don’t really want one.) 2. I don’t have a device right now, either. (Thank you, Destructoboy.) But yes, I am still an app-a-holic. And because I am all about helping others to […]

The 3 B’s of Catholic Womanhood


I can tell you already that one of the books on my “Best of 2013″ list is the newly released brilliance in B by Pat Gohn, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. For one thing, there’s the title.  Pat has a streak of sassy New England, and she also has a swash of […]

An Encounter Worth Having


My first exposure to Mark Hart was when our youth ministry and director of religious education (who I’ll just call “Kelly” for short) started talking about him a few years ago. I first saw Mark Hart in action last year during our summer Confirmation Boot Camp (which I co-teach), when Kelly used one of his […]

5 Tips for Celebrating First Communion withOUT Stress

Fr. Pat and Elizabeth copy

Proud to be part of the First Communion Promenade. (Don’t hold it against them for letting me in, okay?) Be sure to check out all the posts we’ve done this week, and link up your First Communion posts on Monday! April 8 - Catholic Icing with First Communion Banner Ideas April 9 - Catholic Mom with First Communion Memories April […]

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