Tradition vs. the Trailblazer

This morning I got into a texting conversation with my family.  It was over Christmas brunch, specifically the potato pancakes, or kartoffelpuffer.  When I was little, my mom started the tradition of Eggs Benedict with kartoffelpuffer for Christmas brunch.  Christmas Day brought the same ritual – we’d wake early and scurry to the living room […]

For Those Who Pray

Tomorrow is the Feast of the Presentation of Mary. It was also designated a day to pray for cloistered religious – Pro Orantibus Day, meaning “for those who pray.” Here are some thoughts on this special opportunity we have to offer prayers, encouragement and material support to those who give their lives in contemplation as […]

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Without Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, I would not be in this place today.  She was instrumental in my conversion and continued to guide me in my discernment.  Let me go back to the beginning. When I first met Our Lady under the Miraculous Medal, I wasn’t Catholic yet.  I had just read the […]

For Love.

Last week, I was flat-out sick.  For me, this was no ordinary head cold.  I have new-found empathy for those that suffer with sinus issues.  I’ve never really had sinus troubles, but this cold caused some terrible sinus pain – enough to make my teeth and jaw hurt for a week.  I still have some […]

Because of Poor Sinners

I am often asked how I came to discern with the Dominicans. What draws me to the Dominican Order? While it is ultimately a mystery of God, there are several reasons, and most of them can be explained by my attraction to the four pillars of Dominican life: prayer, study, community, and preaching. But what […]

New Vocations For Christmas?

It’s All Hallow’s Eve, the unofficial start of the holiday season, at least in the malls and stores. It also marks a milestone for The Labouré Society. We are now over a third of a way through our fundraising term and have a short two months to reach our fundraising goal. Our hope is to […]

Patron Saint of Hope

My first encounter with St. Jude came very shortly after my decision to enter the Catholic Church.  I was studying for the Alaska bar exam and as the exam dates drew nearer, I became more and more overwhelmed with the fear I was going to fail.  There was so much material to study, and Alaska […]

Stories of Gratitude

Recently I was talking with a priest friend over coffee about some of the challenges he faces in his parish.  Full of zeal and tenderness for the people he has been charged to shepherd, it pained him to see and hear apathy and discontentment among his flock as a result of some of the “hard sayings” he […]

Happy Feast! Blessed Pope John Paul II

Happy Feast! Today we remember Blessed Pope John Paul II. It would be two years after his death before I would enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, but I remember watching scenes from his funeral and the activities surrounding his death on television. And, as I watched, I remember being struck with a […]

Today’s Saint Quote: St. Therese of Lisieux