Nathan, the Very Worst Brother

June 10, 2014

This past Sunday at Mass, just prior to the homily, our priest introduced a host of visiting seminarians. One is “interning” with our parish for a couple of months this summer, and the other four are visiting this week from the religious order Institute of the Incarnate Word (abbreviated IVE for the Spanish Instituto del […]

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All that we call human history…

May 6, 2014

…[is] the long, terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy. – C.S. Lewis I’m not sure when I started reading Jennifer Fulwiler’s blog, Conversion Diary, but two things I’m fairly certain of are that it was during Nathan’s first year of life and I found it by way […]

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Six Reasons Jennifer Fulwiler Should Visit Mayberry

March 11, 2014

Did you see Jen’s survey about her (possible) book tour? Well, I did, and I think Mayberry is the IDEAL locale for her to visit … and Mr. Andi agrees. So consider this post my mini-campaign to get Jennifer Fulwiler to Mayberry! Mayberry is the home of Archangel Radio, the first Catholic radio station along […]

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Seven Snippets: My Mom’s Commenting Debut, Trolls, My Word of the Year, and My Last Auburn Snippets

January 10, 2014

— 1 — ICYMI: My mother left a comment on the blog – first time ever! I suspect it is not only her first comment here at BtS, but her first comment anywhere. The post she chose for her comment debut? A guest post by Mr. Andi. Oh, the irony. — 2 — If you […]

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Headlines, Clichés, and Getting More Than You Can Handle

November 19, 2013

I traveled to Indianapolis this weekend, flying up on Friday evening and back on Sunday with lots of meeting in between. Weekends like these always wear me out, and worrying about the enormous weather front I was trying to escape made it a little more stressful than usual. I decided on Monday morning after I […]

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Reflections on Ash Wednesday

February 14, 2013

I’m not sure if it was the fasting and abstinence, the compound effects of getting up early for the past several days, my choice of Lenten sacrifice (more on that tomorrow), or the simple fact that February has been BUSY, but when I sat down to write today’s blog post last night, I just didn’t […]

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Let the Good Times Roll

February 12, 2013

As I wrote over at Sarah’s place yesterday, Mardi Gras may be my new favorite holiday season. Despite its history as the “last chance to celebrate” before the penitential season of Lent, Mardi Gras is the opposite for me. After the mad rush of Christmas that makes me a little crazy, the no-pressure season of […]

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My Thoughts on Newtown: Control, Stigma, Evil, and Love

December 15, 2012

In the aftermath of the incredible tragedy that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, on Friday, I found myself desperately seeking answers. Who did this?…Did he have a troubled childhood?…Was he let into the building?…Did he have a grudge against someone in particular? Some of these questions have been answered, some have yet to be, and others […]

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A Beautiful Tapestry: Ash Wednesday Reflections

February 23, 2012

Wednesday afforded me a rare opportunity: to  go anywhere at all attend Mass without Nathan. Which is to say that I was able to attend Mass without a squirmy, noisy, frustratingly adorable attention hog who cheeses at all parishioners with whom he is able to gain eye contact. I’ve been hoping for awhile now that the […]

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The Faithful Departed: Remembering Deacon Hank

November 2, 2011

Over the past nineteen months since Nathan’s birth, I’ve read many stories of moms who were devastated when they found out their children were (or would be) born with Down syndrome. My story is a little different. Someday I plan to tell it all, but for now I’ll summarize it in this way: before Nathan […]

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