I’m still afraid God hates me {and how I’m changing that}

When I sincerely believed I was broken/bad, it was nearly impossible for me to...more

I am not kind to my tired body… {a tiny EE podcast!}

I’ve been looking for ways to make my online sharing more authentic, real and human. I love the spoken word. I love reading stories and poems and essays aloud ....more

Exalting the moment of conversion over the way of conversion {and why BOTH are needed}

I. As a little girl, I read “Pilgrim’s Progress” over and over. This particular picture fascinated me ....more

Wearing my heart on my sleeve

Photo credit: Philip Odango http://mysamsara.deviantart.com I. I wear my heart on my sleeve. Not by choice but by choosing ....more

When your patron saint is a 12 year old girl who was brutally murdered

I’m happy to present Danielle Vermeer, fellow Catholic and thoughtful writer. I’m honored to publish her reflections on St. Maria Goretti–whose feast day is July 6th ....more

Redemption Song

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Respite

A brief respite from fear Of total neutrality. With luck, Trekking stubborn through this season Of fatigue, I shall Patch together a content ...more

In Repair

It takes courage to be willing to stand still and feel what we must feel. Sometimes, we have what seems like endless layers of pain inside us ....more

I have not been blogging because I’ve been doing this old-fashioned thing called reading

I like books. I mean, I really like books. I have 5 floor-to-ceiling bookcases overflowing with double-stacked books and at least 5 storage bins of more books in my garage. I’ve read every single one. I don’t like to give my books away because they feel like friends. Yes, I’m weird. I’ve rediscovered fiction (and some memoir–because I can’t resist) and have been devouring books at an alarming pace. I read the following books this past month: ...more

Purity Culture vs. Purity Ethic

It’s tragic that purity has come to be almost exclusively identified with sexuality rather than as a whole-person approach to living. Because by relegating purity to merely our sexuality, we set ourselves up for hypocrisy, duplicity and ultimately, dehumanization.  Indeed, the unintended consequence of focusing exclusively on “sexual purity” is a fragmentation of our being. Anytime we elevate, idolize or excessively focus on one part of our humanity we fragment ourselves and thus, deny the wholeness of our personhood ....more