Wrestling with God and Myself

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What a privilege it was to write a reflection for the My Sisters the Saints book club over at CatholicMom.com. The book, written by Colleen Carroll Campbell, has really touched, comforted, and challenged me. In fact, the night after I finished reading Chapter Two, the chapter I was assigned to write about, I couldn’t sleep. I toss and […]

Born Again?

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Ever been asked that question? I was. Once. And my response tanked. That question and the reaction it provoked in me actually played a role in a “rebirthing” experience of my own. There’s a back story, and I share more about it in my latest post for CatholicMom.com (find it by clicking here). And the […]

Shop Fair Trade and Give Gifts That Give Twice

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Psst! You. Yes, you. Have you heard? Christmas is nearing. See. I know, I know. I hear your collective groans through this digital space. It’s not even Thanksgiving yet. Shoot, it’s not even Halloween yet! What’s the rush, Schmidt? How about you prayerfully enter into Advent before mentioning Christmas!  Touché. But may I please have some latitude […]

Welcoming the Immigrant Among Us

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Some political issues remain simply political until they visibly impact the lives of those around us. Then suddenly we recognize them as issues of human dignity. My latest column for CatholicMom, a “World View Wednesday” post, revisits one such situation: immigration reform.

Truth be told, immigration reform was once just a bunch of talking points that affected a group of people. But then something happened to shake that up. Immigration reform became no longer just about “those people,” but rather, a topic that deeply affected people I knew — fellow parishioners and community members.

Even Papa’s Peace Doves Get Pecked Sometimes

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“Christians who are afraid to build bridges and prefer to build walls are Christians who are not sure of their faith, not sure of Jesus Christ,” Pope Francis.

Bridge building can be hazardous, huh? Just take a look at what happened to the peace doves Pope Francis released while, ironically, praying for peace in the Ukraine where violent protests have raged since late November.

The moment provided a bit of inspiration for my latest piece at CatholicMom.com.