Married Life: The Little Things

On the day I got married, I did not expect or understand that the future happiness my new husband and I looked forward to would come from the very small things. Naively, I believed that it took the “big things” to keep us connected and make us happy: big things like frequently affirming out loud that we…

Be That Candle

All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle. –St. Francis of Assisi Lately I’ve had to go on a media fast (again)–the darkness out in the world just seems too oppressive at this moment, and the evil on every front seems poised to swallow us all up. But–now is when…

Praying the Glorious Mysteries

Blessed Feast of the Holy Rosary, everyone! Today is the perfect day to post the Glorious Mysteries, and so round out the set of Rosary meditations I have written (Joyful Mysteries are here and Sorrowful mysteries are here) with this post. As I have mentioned before, I use a German method of praying the Holy Rosary and meditating on the…

Find the Best Mass Possible

Today I want to urge all of you dear readers: Don’t be one of those people who are settling! Don’t settle for attending the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at a local parish church, if you see pastors and staff in you parish church ignoring what the GIRM (General Instructions of the Roman Missal) and the documents of Vatican…

Some Basic Iconography

(subtitle: Or, Knowing When St. Francis of Assisi Is St. Francis of Assisi) How do you know what person a painter has painted in a picture? How do you know when a painter has painted God rather than a human creature? How do you know whether you’re looking at an Old Testament patriarch or a…

Let’s Talk about Latin

First of all: Don’t be afraid. I mean it! Latin is an extraordinarily beautiful and sacred language. It is the language of the Catholic Church.  Used in the Church and by the Church for millennia, the Latin language does two profound things: it unites Catholics across time and space, and it clarifies the Church’s thought and teaching like…