Catholic · Faith · forgiveness · Happiness

No Pain, No Gain

Dear Anne, The other day I was listening to my guru Dennis Prager’s “happiness hour” on the radio and he was talking about bringing the athletic concept of “no pain no gain” to our personal lives. Specifically, he was talking about how children ultimately lose opportunities for growth (and therefore happiness) when well-intentioned parents shelter… Continue reading No Pain, No Gain

Interfaith · Mary · pilgrimage · Rosary

Theology by Ted: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

Dear Susan, Did you know that some people, i.e., my husband, think that aliens played a big role in the spread of Christianity? Ted’s version of the faith includes influences from his childhood viewing of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” and his proximity to NASA in his formative years. Sadly, when you missed the Our Lady… Continue reading Theology by Ted: A Pilgrimage to Guadalupe

Marriage · sacrarments · weddings

Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

Dear Alex and Susan, When a bride is born, so is a mother-in-law. My daughter and I have been closely watching your transformations from boyfriend’s mother and girlfriend to mother-in-law and wife.  It is because of this that I blame the two of you for the list of recordings on my TV. It is full… Continue reading Your People Shall be My People: Naomi and Ruth Speak to Susan and Alex

Death · Heaven · Motherhood · women

Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

*This week, instead of writing to Anne, I write to my soon-to-be daughter-in-law’s mother, who passed away when Alexandra was 14. Alex’s father died a year later. Dear Janet, Wedding plans are humming along here, just days to go now. Alex is handling all the last-minute details and stress like a champ. Not a bridezilla… Continue reading Gaining a Daughter (and a Guardian Angel)

Christian books · self-care

Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon

Dear Susan, Where were you the night of August 2? I know you were probably doing something related to the wedding (next week!).  However, if you were like a good number of American women, you would have been watching the documentary “Rachel Hollis: Made for More.” Haven’t heard of Rachel? I recently climbed out from… Continue reading Coming Clean: Exploring the “Girl Wash Your Face” Phenomenon