Ordination Highlight Reel!

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Ordination. That one word pretty much sums up this past week. Well, I better add another word: illness. Of course, right? Last week leading up to Saturday’s ordination, Joel came down with food poisoning. I, the one who rarely gets sick, caught the flu bug and was down for the count for two whole days. All three […]

Filling My Spiritual Tank

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I’m trying something new here and linking up with Five Minute Friday.  Here’s the gist of FMF: a writing prompt is given and then I write about it for five minutes. It’s meant to be a free write, which means: no editing, no over-thinking, no worrying about perfect grammar or punctuation. Let me add, I shall not worry about judgment […]

7 Quick Takes: Info on Ordination, Lino’s Visit, Charism Workshop, Speaking Gigs & More!

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Tap tap tap … is this thing on? Let me interrupt our blogging radio silence to share these very important details. 1. Diaconate Ordination! Joel’s deacon stole and invites for ordination arrived two weeks ago. The invites still sit in the box, so it seems we need an office assistant to even get them addressed and […]

Buckle Up! Riding the Marriage Roller Coaster

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Marriage is a lot like a roller coaster, fun and exhilarating, but also full of twists and turns, loops and corkscrews. So how does a marriage survive while routinely being thrown off track?

What’s one thing you can do to strengthen your marriage this summer, to lower the lap bar and fasten the seat belt so to speak? We share a few ideas; what are yours?

The Vocation of Dusting (+ a birthday giveaway!)

The Vocation of Dusting

“Dusting is important for saving the world.” ~ Leila Lawler & Elizabeth Foss Dusting? Dusting. That was the quote from the Chapter 3 Summer in the Little Oratory podcast that most caught my attention. And it also brought back to mind a story filed away in my to-blog-about-one-day folder. Finally, a reason to talk about DUSTING! The story […]

10 Things I Love About Daddy

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Dr. Meg Meeker says, “Dads: You are your daughter’s first love.” That’s certainly true for a five-year-old girl hanging around these parts. My daughter Lucy and I were making homemade cards for Father’s Day last week, and I asked her to tell me ten things she loved about her daddy. Here is what she said. 1. […]

The Gift of Holy Hospitality

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While we all have a role in welcoming people into our homes, it seems some people are empowered to do so in a special way, doesn’t it? People who have this gift, or charism, are energized by the very act of caring for others and providing food, shelter, and friendship. Do these thoughts bring to mind a person, maybe even a family, supercharged with this charism of hospitality? I have a family in mind who bleeds it, holy hospitality that is.

What Every Catholic Marriage Prep Program Ought to Include

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How would you answer this question … Outline a marriage preparation program for your parish. Explain what components you would like to include and why. Joel had to answer this very question for his sacramental theology course, and we thought it made good blog post material, too. It’s the topic of our latest column at Catholic […]