Happy Hobbit Day! What We Can Learn From Our Halfling Friends

Today is the birthday of both Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, also known as Hobbit Day. It's a day to be celebrated with seven meals (first breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and supper - although I should note this tradition comes from the movies, not the books), dancing and singing, smoking a pipe … Continue reading Happy Hobbit Day! What We Can Learn From Our Halfling Friends

To Those Who Feel Angry With the Catholic Church

It's impossible to find a silver lining in this week's news that a Pennsylvania grand jury accused over 300 priests of abusing about 1,000 people over the course of 70 years. But for better or worse, I'm an idealist, so I always look for a silver lining. And without discounting the evil that was uncovered … Continue reading To Those Who Feel Angry With the Catholic Church

“A Shelter in Which Other Souls May Unfold”

“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.” – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross In February, my friend Bernadette and I started a Catholic young women's book club. Actually, I have my boyfriend to thank for it, because he gave me "The Other Side of Beauty" (Leah Darrow, … Continue reading “A Shelter in Which Other Souls May Unfold”