Thoughts and Prayers: The Most Important Actions in the Face of Tragedy

Shortly after a tragedy occurs, there is frequently condemnation of prayer. People complain that “thoughts and prayers” do nothing, or they even lash out at the faithful. To a certain extent, I understand the frustration: we are a nation that values action. We believe that actions speak louder than words. We implore people to “practice …

Book Review: Shadows of Hope

Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels is one book you should definitely NOT judge by the cover! Though the cover and the description make it seem like this book will be an overly dramatic novel with a cliche ending, this book is actually an engaging and very well-written novel. A story of hope in the …

Fasting as a Type 1 Diabetic

Fasting is a touchy subject for me. As a devout Catholic, I can see the fruit of fasting. I know it is good for spiritual growth, a strong form of prayer, and is pleasing to God. At the same time, it can be a challenge for me because what I eat is extremely important for …

Friendship-Oriented Evangelization

When I was a freshman in college, one of the women in my dorm invited me to a Bible study. It was the first time I had ever participated in a Bible study. What I remember most is feeling completely inadequate. There I sat in the grass with my “Extreme Faith” Bible and essentially zero knowledge …

The Other Side

On paper, our friendship seems fairly improbable. They are queer witches. I’m a Catholic who fully embraces Church teaching. There are obvious differences in what we believe, and several of our beliefs and identities would put us at odds with each other. After spending hours talking with them during a visit, my heart was so …

Book Review: Stranger No More

Stranger No More: A Muslim Refugee’s Story of Harrowing Escape, Miraculous Rescue, and the Quiet Call of Jesus by Annahita Parsan shares the true story of her “path from oppression to the life-changing hope of Jesus. Fleeing Iran across the mountains into Turkey, she spent months in the terrifying Agri prison before a miraculous release …

Choose Hope

The other day, I got into a discussion about whether or not Jesus would have been pro-choice. Yes, really. The conversation quickly turned into a discussion about suffering. I totally get that the existence of suffering is a huge hindrance for the faithful. I know that it can often be the breaking point for people …

Book Review: They See a Family

Chick flicks are my guilty pleasure. Despite the cheesiness and weaving in and out of realism, there is something enjoyable about seeing two people build a loving relationship. I love to read, but it is a lot more difficult to “fast-forward” through inappropriate scenes in a romance novel so I usually stay away from them …

Polyamory: Another Attack on Real Love (Part 3)

I am embarrassingly late in writing this, but I figure better late than never. Over the summer, I wrote a two-part series talking about the problems with polyamory and how Christians should respond. A writer who focuses on poly topics wrote some responses. I wanted to offer some points of clarification. I do want to …