Why We Don’t Have Any Specific Holy Week Traditions


Most people with some knowledge of Christianity know that the week between Palm Sunday and Easter is Holy Week. It’s when we commemorate the Passion of Christ, and is intended to be somewhat somber and sorrowful (but looking forward in anticipation to the resurrection!) It’s also the last week of Lent, a season of penance. […]

How Our No-Christmas-Tree Experiment Went


Mr. Andi and I decided to swim against the current this year and wait to put up our Christmas tree until Christmas Eve. We’ve never waited so late before – in fact, neither of us can remember a time in our combined almost-90 years of life when either we or our families waited to put the […]

Why We’re Not Doing Santa Anymore


Mr. Andi and I have decided: it’s time for Santa to go. After nearly twelve years as parents, with one four-year-old and one preteen, you’d think we would have made this decision a lot sooner – or at least that we would feel some pressure to keep the ruse going for a few more years. […]

Nathan, the Very Worst Brother

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 […]

All that we call human history…

…[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 […]

Six Reasons Jennifer Fulwiler Should Visit Mayberry

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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 […]

Headlines, Clichés, and Getting More Than You Can Handle

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 […]

Reflections on Ash Wednesday

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 […]

Let the Good Times Roll

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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 […]