"Everyone who belongs to the Truth hears my voice…" (John 18:37)

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A prayer in your back pocket…

August 21, 2014

Many years ago, when my kids were still little and I was feeling the need to get out of the house, I joined a Bible study in our neighbourhood. I figured it would be a great way to get to know other young moms, while also growing in my faith. At the first meeting, though,… Read More ›


The 12 Step Program for Spiritual Slugs

When most people think of summer, it conjures up images of long, lazy days lounging in the sun, no alarms, schedules, or agendas, and basically not doing much of anything. Where I live, summer is glorious, but also incredibly short – too short for a lot of lounging around, in my opinion. I tend to… Read More ›


Mr. Fix-it

Before moving to Canada, my husband and I and our two children lived in a small town in northern Russia for a few years. It was one of those “adventures of a lifetime,” and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But as four Americans living in Russia, it wasn’t without its problems, mostly due to cultural… Read More ›


Crossing the Great Divide: Understanding our Differences

By some estimates, roughly a third of the people in the world today identify themselves as Christians.1 But what does this actually mean, considering that there are over 30,000 different denominations? As you might expect, all Christians do share some things in common: reverence for the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God; love for… Read More ›


Selfie or Selfless? Raising the Next Generation

One of the ways that social media has impacted our culture is to place a lot of emphasis on the self. This new term that’s recently come into our lexicon, “selfie,” really says it all. Rather than looking toward others and the vast world in which we live, we’ve turned the camera around, focusing more… Read More ›


Catholic Conversation Starters: How to Go Deeper without Drowning

My husband and I were at a fancy business function last year and I found myself in that awkward situation of trying to explain “what I do.” Umm, I’m a stay at home mom, I write for a Catholic website, and I volunteer a lot at my church and the kids’ school. True, this is… Read More ›


How Mary Helped Me Win the Lottery

For me, becoming Catholic was like winning the lottery. I’m not trying to be poetic or overly sentimental about my faith when I say that. To be sure, it is a treasure beyond compare, but that’s not what I’m really getting at. Rather the odds of it occurring at all – the particular circumstances and… Read More ›


Closet Catholic

When we bought our oldest daughter a crucifix as a gift last year, she joked that it was time to finally “come out” to her friends at law school. Up to this point, she’d never really let on that she was a practicing Catholic. I get this. It’s a bold statement to say that you’re… Read More ›


Lent in Las Vegas

A trip to Las Vegas wasn’t the way I would have chosen to begin the holy season of Lent, but we planned the weekend away before realizing when the dates would fall. With the ashes barely washed off our foreheads, my husband and I boarded our flight to the infamous “Sin City.” I tried to… Read More ›


10 Secrets of Confession

Every now and then you hear these stories about people returning to confession after, like, 10 years. While it’s truly beautiful to see, I’m always curious what finally prompted them to go…and what it was that kept them away for so long! I think if all Catholics knew the secrets of confession, they’d make it… Read More ›


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