Category: Life

GUEST BLOG: “Writing Letters to My Future Husband” by Stephanie Calis

  I hope he’s from a big family who likes to eat. I hope he’s funny. Oh, and it would be nice, God, if he had blue eyes. Some people fall asleep counting sheep (or do they? Raise your hand if you’ve ever actually done this?). From the time I was thirteen, fresh and on fire from hearing Crystalina Evert’s…

Chained to Our Lady

“It is the Virgin Mary who invites us to consider history as an adventure of love in which God keeps his promises and triumphs with his fidelity. ” -St. John Paul II

The Empty Soul of Technology

Anima Technica Vacua. Coined by theologian Hans Urs Von Balthasar, the unique phrase “anima technica vacua” more or less means “the empty technological soul,” and it’s an adequate and fascinating description of our rampant technology use and the modern fragmented person. It’s a fascinating concept with too many concrete examples.  We have become excellent processors of rapid information but have…

The Problem of Catholic Celebrities

  “Praise often creates in us a false impression that we deserve it.” -Ven. Fulton Sheen   “How can I do what you do?” Whenever Jackie or I get this question after a talk or an event, we sometimes respond with a tongue-in-cheek, “What?  Share the Gospel with other people?”   No, silly.  “Travel. Be a speaker. Stand on a stage…

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale

My Marriage is Not a Fairy Tale by Jackie Angel Also titled, “How you can marry the man of your dreams and still want to punch him in the face sometimes” A few years ago, as a single woman, I sat across from a young engaged couple at a Theology of the Body retreat during lunchtime. Curious about their “love…

Baby Worship

Babies are useless.   Yes, I mean this. Babies are also “the worst roommates,” as the comedian Jim Gaffigan puts it: “They’re unemployed. They don’t pay rent. They keep insane hours. Their hygiene is horrible. If you had a roommate that did any of the things babies do, you’d ask them to move out.”   A baby has no use. But…