Medical Zebras

Today I read an article on BBC News about a young woman who competes in Beauty Pageants with a rare genetic connective tissue condition known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS). An article highlighting a beauty queen with a 25 inch scar down her fused spine was worth a read. This young woman, Victoria Graham, started a charitable … Continue reading Medical Zebras

Alms . . . What? Almsgiving.

This Lent I decided to move my serious almsgiving deliberation into deliberate action. Though I still have student loans incurred at a Catholic Institution and an active member in my parish, I'm not a child anymore. My faith needed to grow in a practical manner. According to the USCCB (United States Catholic Conference of Catholic … Continue reading Alms . . . What? Almsgiving.

U.S. Catholic Christian Voting & Faithful Citizenship

Election Day on November 8th is fast approaching. Presidential and Vice Presidential debates ensue. People take stances or the lack therefore. Families argue. Friends argue. Catholics argue. Not to be too blunt, but evil feeds off of discord. If you've ever read C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, you know that the little forces or the little … Continue reading U.S. Catholic Christian Voting & Faithful Citizenship

An Honest Letter About Creighton NFP

Dear Creighton Model: You totally kicked me in the keister. Learning about you has been one of the most rewarding and challenging experiences of my life. The more I learn the more that learning curve and the knowledge acquired affirms and heightens my belief that there IS A GOD, and I'm not God. Wholly smokes! … Continue reading An Honest Letter About Creighton NFP

Who’s On First? Reclaiming the Kiss

original publication at ChurchPop. 2015. Most individuals can hardly imagine a world where couples save their first kiss for their wedding day. Others find the sentiment sweet but unreasonable. Others mock the awkwardness or imperfectness of a public first kiss. Deep down, I think those people are unsatisfied, restless, possibly jealous, because they desire something … Continue reading Who’s On First? Reclaiming the Kiss

Getting Real with the Reality of High Risk Pregnancy

Imagine vibrant hues dancing off placid waters while sand squeezes between your toes and water laps upon your bare feet as rest in your dearly beloved’s arms watching the sunset. But before he and I ride off into the sunset, real, potentially life changing conversations must take place. Pregnancy, and delivering babies are beautiful, self-sacrificial, … Continue reading Getting Real with the Reality of High Risk Pregnancy

Cowboy Ethics: The Code of the West

I'm not a Cowboy. I was not raised by Cowboy. But I learned something from Cowboys. Over the past 4.5 years, I visited family for months at a time in the rugged, majestic State of Wyoming. Where the colors brown and gold permeate the landscape and culture. Where wild horses roam free. Where cows outnumber … Continue reading Cowboy Ethics: The Code of the West

Natural Family Planning (NFP) for the Unmarried

I am writing about Natural Family Planning (NFP,) right? Yes! Over the past few months, I’ve joined a new wave of Catholic women who are exploring NFP for their own personal knowledge, health, and well-being without a fiancee or spouse by our side. Why should single, unmarried Catholic women learn NFP? Because, designed by God, … Continue reading Natural Family Planning (NFP) for the Unmarried