‘Tis the Season to be Holy

Fall… it’s that time of year best known for its pumpkin spiced lattes, orange leaves, and crisp, cool air. It’s also that time of year when stores start selling Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving napkins, and Christmas trees… all at the same time. While the holiday season is definitely exciting, it can also be a distracting season…

Catholic Answers to Your Halloween Questions

Sure! There’s nothing wrong with putting on a costume, trick-or-treating, and enjoying the company of your friends and family. Of course, some misled people take the holiday too far and make it more satanic than it should be. However, that’s not a reason for the rest of us Christians to be scared away.

When we decide to be afraid of the devil we give our power over to him. What message does it send the world if we, as Christians, are afraid to admit to the reality of evil? It sends the message that we’re not sure who wins this battle of good vs. evil.

He Doesn’t Need Your Sext: A Response to Jennifer Lawrence

Secondly, it’s false. She says men have two options: 1) look at porn, or 2) look at you.

And by “look at you,” I assume she doesn’t mean, “look at you while you’re praying the rosary on your evening walk together.”

No, she means either a guy will lust over you or someone else. It’s like saying, “either your boyfriend will be obese or he’ll be anorexic.” Isn’t there a third option? Like, maybe he’ll be healthy? And there is such a thing as sexual health, we call it chastity. Though chastity may conjure up images of either uncomfortable belts or the notion of repressing sexuality in the name of “abstinence”… chastity is neither of these things but so much more.

Jesus Was a Feminist: Catholicism and Gender Equality

An ideal feminism incorporates the virtue of humility. It’s saying we all have something valuable to offer whether male or female but neither of us have everything, therefore we respect our differences and build each up. We need each other (Genesis 1:26-28). Gender equality is a universal partnership of brothers and sisters.

25 Reasons to Shake it Off

I’m sure by now you’ve heard Taylor Swift’s new song and if you haven’t I don’t think we can be friends. Just kidding, we can be friends… but the first act of our friendship will be to dance together to Shake it Off. Do you need a reason to shake it off? Not anymore than you need a reason to be awesome!!

You may not need a reason but… there are some times when I would prescribe a good shaking it off as the perfect cure. I’ve put together a list to help you identify the times you should pull a Taylor-Swift-White-Girls-Can’t-Dance dance.

Our Hurting Body: Solidarity and Prayers for the Middle East

If one part of the body is hurt, does not the whole body feel its pain? We must use this as an example, for our brothers and sisters in Christ across the world. We must feel their pain, and as their fellow Christians we must unite in solidarity for Holy Mother Church.

Music for Your Soul: Joe Zambon Music Review

Loading up your summer playlists? Hungry for some solid, new music? Fret no more! I have something just for you. Allow me to introduce you to Catholic acoustic artist, Joe Zambon.

I had the pleasure of meeting Joe several years ago at a concert he put on at Franciscan University of Steubenville. The first thing I noticed was that he had a very unique sound, from extremely technically strong guitar playing to his smooth and laid back vocals.

The Power of a Story: Inspire[d] Summer Reading

Okay wait I was NOT TRYING TO DO THAT… What had happened to my idea of a healthy relationship? I was a Catholic gal who wanted to date and marry a nice boy. And I had been to enough retreat dating workshops to know that hooking up with random strangers in supply closets was not exactly the path to my ultimate relationship goal of a man who would come with me to Mass and go on mission trips with me.

Let Free Will Ring?

There is always, always, always help, and there is always hope. Since Christ came to rescue us, there’s no reason to stay a slave. Freedom is an option for us all. No one is beyond God’s saving hand.

Help Me to Heaven: A Guy’s Perspective on Modesty

It’s safe to say that most guys feel the same way. You women are so breathtakingly beautiful that it can be very difficult to pay attention to anything else when you’re in the general vicinity. I once slammed my car into the garage door because I was mindlessly gazing at my beautiful neighbor on her mountain bike.

I Love You… Until Tomorrow?

Somewhere between Missouri and New Mexico, I was deep into one of these jam sessions when the song “Forever Until Tomorrow” by MKTO (musical duo consisting of Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller) came on the station. As soon as I heard the song, I stopped jamming and started thinking because I was really confused by the first lines of the song:

It’s Not All About Skin: Modesty and Our Desire to be Seen

Because of the nature of sin, when we walk around dressed scandalously, people pay attention to the skin that is showing and not the person who is standing in front of them.

This speaks to one of our greatest desires – to be seen. Not to be superficially seen, but to be deeply seen, known and valued.

“Let Me Take a Selfie”: 5 Rules for the Perfect Selfie

I love people watching. One result of this is that I have witnessed many people snap quick selfies in various (and sometimes awkward places)… the park, in the middle of the mall, at the airport, walking through the door, taking a walk, in the car, and yes- even in the bathroom. I’m not sure where […]

Losing is Not an Option

hen comes the worst part, when they show the faces of the losers. The faces of those who missed finishing third by mere hundredths of a second or whose artistic interpretation earned them a score that left them in fifth place. Frozen tears running down their cheeks, I often find myself crying along on the couch, not because of the medal they missed out on that day, but of all the moments in life they’d missed to bring them to that point.

Show Me Real Love: Romantic Movies Worth Watching

The selections below may seem like an odd collection (they are!), but that’s partly because it’s so hard to find romantic movies that are actually romantic and don’t simply involve people jumping into bed with each other (definitely not true love). Many rom-coms are neither romantic nor funny. And, seriously, how many times can you watch “A Walk To Remember”? I also tried to include movies guys would like.

Before and After the Gold: An Interview with Gabby Douglas

With all the fame you’d think Gabby would be too-cool-for-everything. But she’s an incredibly down to earth, God-loving, young woman who’s not that different from you (or mostly me I guess… she loves listening to T-Swift and eating Chick-Fil-A which are two of my favorite pastimes).

Since her movie just came out, she had some time to answer some questions about her life, how she’s gotten through trials, and what she hopes you take away from the movie. Check it out below!

Body Matters: Lady Gaga and the True Love We All Deserve

“I don’t want to date her I just want to fool around…”

“I’m not looking for a relationship, I hope we can just be friends with benefits…”

Many of us have heard these words from peers all too many times. Sadly, the culture’s message about the body seems to support these thoughts by portraying men as caring about women’s bodies, but not anything else.

The Valentine Project: Because She Doesn’t Have Many Reasons to Smile

For a lot of people, Valentine’s Day is all about the “me.” What are people going to give me? Who’s going to text me? Oh, poor me, I’m not in a relationship, no one loves me, and no one will be showering me in chocolates, flowers, and mushy love notes. Me, me, me

But when was that ever fulfilling?

Insta-Jealousy

This may lead to what I would like to call Insta-jealousy. This diagnosis includes (but is not limited to) jealousy of possessions, jealousy of relationships, poor self-image, self-doubt, loneliness, discontent, sadness, extreme longing, self-pity, and the occasional runny nose.

Inspire(d): The Breath that Moves Us

Swaddled tightly beneath a star-blanketed Bethlehem sky, God breathed gently yet powerfully. The acceptable time had come. The prophecies were now — at last — fulfilled. The Creator had invaded His creation on a mission of love and for the next three decades, peace and joy would be breathed and received in tangible new ways. […]