Courageous Love: Loving a Person & Not An Idea

Recently a close friend of mine shared an experience she participated in at a Young Adult event. Both men and women shared their dating and marriage "types." My friend, after sharing her type, felt miserable and shallow. Why? Many times when we share our types we rarely include qualities of substance and real, lasting attraction: … Continue reading Courageous Love: Loving a Person & Not An Idea

Love, Loss, & Abuse

During the Advent season of 2020, my family and I received news that my Floridian Grandma passed away due to complications from surgery. This was a complicated loss for our my immediate family and I, but I will speak for myself, because each person in family's experience is unique and similar. I love my Grandma. … Continue reading Love, Loss, & Abuse

By Love Refined, Made Purer in the Crucible of Relationship

Photo Credit: Isaiah Eyre Photography My respect for any type of relationship has grown through the years especially intimate relationships that endeavor to uphold good and godly virtues amid the maelstrom of brokenness and confusion about God's design and purpose for male and female relationships. The word dating can harbor more feelings of anxiety, trepidation, … Continue reading By Love Refined, Made Purer in the Crucible of Relationship

To My Nephew,

Happy Feast of Corpus Christi! Our entire family is overflowing with joy and gratitude with the grace and excitement of celebrating your First Holy Communion and Confirmation. This weekend that commemorates and celebrates the Most Holy Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ begins your full journey within the sacramental life of the Catholic … Continue reading To My Nephew,

Sexual Love As Described in “Humanae Vitae”

When I read St Paul VI's (I love writing Saint before his name) encyclical Humanae Vitae last year, the section on "What Love Is ..." startled me. As I read his descriptors of what love is, especially what sexual and marital love is, I immediately drew the connection to St. John Paul II's lecture series … Continue reading Sexual Love As Described in “Humanae Vitae”

February: The Month of Love

As we enter the month of February when stores are awash with merchandise sporting pinks, reds, and purples, consider that the first boundary of respecting yourself and others is your . . . SKIN. Reflect for a moment what skin does for our bodies. Our dermal layer protects us from dirt, disease, germs, injuries, and … Continue reading February: The Month of Love

Be Satisfied With Me

Feeling distracted and overwhelmed this Advent Season? Loosing sight of the reason for the season? Christmas blues? -A Poem Attributed to St. Anthony of Padua- Everyone longs to give themselves completely to someone, To have a deep soul relationship with another, To be loved thoroughly and exclusively. But to a Christian, God says, “No, not … Continue reading Be Satisfied With Me

Monthly NFP Update: Lessons in Drug Reactions

August- a month of opposites. The Creighton Method and Naprotechnology treatment requires a huge helping of patience and humility with a hefty sprinkling of courage and trust. In these moments of increased suffering and confusion, my relationship with God shifts into a more pristine focus- better aligned and less muddled by my pride and control. … Continue reading Monthly NFP Update: Lessons in Drug Reactions

On the Christian Meaning of Suffering

BE NOT AFRAID. I decided to return once more to the 1984 Apostolic Letter written by St. JP II titled Salvifici Doloris: On the Christian Meaning of Suffering that addressed the ever present question of suffering: why, what, and how? God transformed even something not part of His original design for humanity (suffering, pain, death, … Continue reading On the Christian Meaning of Suffering