“Mama Prays”: A Realistic, Encouraging Devotional for Catholic Mamas

Being a mom is hard. Being a Catholic mom is, in some ways, especially hard. (How on earth do you raise a practicing Catholic in our culture? I'm not sure yet!) In many other ways, though, Catholicism gives us comfort, strength, and wisdom, and I don't know how I would survive motherhood without it. It … Continue reading “Mama Prays”: A Realistic, Encouraging Devotional for Catholic Mamas

Healing Is a Process

Ten and a half months after having my daughter, and my fibromyalgia symptoms are still here, and I’ve been not only struggling with how to deal with those symptoms while caring for an active infant who’s in about the 95th percentile for size. I’ve also been struggling with feeling like a liar and a fraud. Do I need an asterisk by every interview I’ve done and every article I’ve written about my health journey?

Reflecting on Virtue and Vice With Jane Austen and Haley Stewart

I preordered Haley Stewart's new book "Jane Austen's Genius Guide to Life: On Love, Friendship, and Becoming the Person God Created You to Be," from Ave Maria Press as soon as it was available. I began it on Saturday and finished it on Sunday. Don't read into how quickly I read it, though: This book … Continue reading Reflecting on Virtue and Vice With Jane Austen and Haley Stewart

A Catholic Perspective on Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

When I first started seeing a pelvic floor physical therapist, I was very unsure. My physical therapist had a "Support Planned Parenthood" sticker on her laptop and told me she was a lapsed Catholic who believed that the Catholic Church had changed its position on masturbation (it hasn't, for the record). I also had some … Continue reading A Catholic Perspective on Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy

The Emotional Work of Managing Chronic Illness: 3 Tips for When You Lose a Trusted Medical Provider

Living with chronic illness (physical and/or mental) is hard. There's the actual physical toll it takes on your body and there's the associated emotional distress that comes with being in pain or feeling ill. This week, I experienced another dimension, which is the mental exhaustion that can accompany the logistics of managing a chronic illness.

Pro-life Ministry: Lessons From the Visitation

Mary set outand traveled to the hill country in hasteto a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariahand greeted Elizabeth.When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.And … Continue reading Pro-life Ministry: Lessons From the Visitation