Who Do You Say That I Am?

Do you ever have those days where you feel like you don’t even know yourself anymore? You look in the mirror and think: Who am I? What is my life all about?

In my Freshman year of college, I faced an identity crisis. Okay, I know what you’re thinking – identity crises = 50 year old dude who buys a red Ferrari and moves to the coast. My crisis was on a lesser scale. But it was a time I didn’t know who I was as a college student. In an effort to “reinvent” myself, … CONTINUE READING


Prepared for Advent? 3 lessons from Mama Mary

iStock_000004085167_ExtraSmallAHHHHhhhhh!  I already feel like a Christmas slacker. My tree is still not up, nor is my house decorated. As I confessed my holiday guilt to a close friend, she abruptly interrupted, “Mary, you can’t set up your tree yet. You haven’t prepared your heart for Advent!” Her words sent me into deep reflection and left me wondering…What does “preparing our hearts for Advent” even mean? Continue reading


My Turkey Day! [Mary Moments v1]

This may be a week late. But I figure that after I went and told you how to behave on your Turkey Day that it’s only fair for me to share how things went down on my end.

For starters, my Thanksgiving Day celebration was truly awesome. My family has a beautiful tradition of taking the time for each person to share what he or she is thankful for. This all takes place as we pass around a chalice, or the “loving cup,” as we like to call it. I was really touched by dad’s words in particular this year. Continue reading


The Top 5 Reasons My Mama Rocks

Growing up, I never had a devotion to Mary. I mean, I liked the idea of her . . . but I didn’t have a relationship with her. The Virgin Mother was a porcelain statue, a gold-etched picture on a Christmas card. She wasn’t real to me. My only connection to her… TO CONT. READING CLICK HERE!


Healing Series: What’s in Your Basement?

When I was around the age of 10, a heavy, horrible thunderstorm came that flooded our basement. I remember vividly my brother yelling for me to grab a shovel and come after him. A few neighborhood kids, my older brother, and I ran barefoot through the pelting rain, trying to gather dirt to dam the water streaming into basement walls. Continue reading


Into the Desert: The Meaning of Lent

A middle school youth told me he gave up the Wii for Lent. “Wow,” I said. “That is great!” He shrugged dismissively: “Not really. I still have my X-Box.” …Ok, that kind of defeats the purpose… Continue reading


Am I Addicted to Myself?

Harsh criticism seized my blog as a commenter claimed: ”All I hear is a bunch of whining about something that you could repair if you weren’t too busy searching for attention”… ouch. At first, I was a bit hurt; then I dismissed him as a “hater.” I realize more and more in my ministry that I am not called to be successful, but faithful.  Continue reading


The Gaga Gospel

Art & Culture: A Catholic perspective

As I watched the 2012 Grammy’s, I was shocked along with many Christians to see Nicki Minaj appearing in a red nun costume with a dancer impersonating the pope. Her stage performance was more “bizarre” than anything, Continue reading


Jesus Wants to Be My Valentine

Last night we threw the cutest Valentine’s party for our Middle School youth group. Pink and white streamers, red table cloths, flowers, heart-shaped candy, cookies, and cupcakes with pounds of icing piled to the ceiling. Ok, the teens definitely didn’t need that much sugar, but we were there to celebrate a day of love: Valentine’s Day.

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Dating Disasters: Confessions of a Catholic Single

I always have the worst dates.

Seriously, the movie How To Lose a Guy in Ten Days has nothing on me. My dating disasters have been frequent and broad in their range of humiliation…
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