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 […]

Friday the 13th Takes

CFF book tour

— 1 — Today’s the first official day of the Catholic Family Fun Book Tour! Yay! Jen Fitz, she of the “I hate Cute Jesus, but Sarah’s book is good” endorsement, is the hostess at her blog, Riparians at the Gate, today. I have no idea what she will say (because she hasn’t told me), […]

Want to grow in your faith? Here’s a book for you!


In a move that’s rare of late, I’m posting a review right after I finished a book. That is, in part, because I think this book is one that everyone I know should read. Yes, that means YOU. ESPECIALLY if you have an interest in your Catholic faith. As I read and delighted in Catholicism: A […]

A Wednesday Morning Daybook


Outside my window: Sunlight, streaming in. Around the house: We’re a-bustle with a galloping four-year-old and an into-everything-he-can-reach 11-month-old. There are baskets of laundry waiting to be folded and dishes waiting to be done. And a fresh pot of coffee. What I’ve been writing: I’m working on a talk this week. In my thoughts: With trick-or-treating […]

Quick Takes and More

mint on screens

— 1 — I usually schedule my posts and write them the day before. I’ve been doing this for a while (except for daybooks), but yesterday I was a bit distracted, so I didn’t. You’re getting this in “real time.” — 2 — My distraction came from three things converging on me at once. One, […]

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