My New Year’s resolutions

This is Part II to this post from last week where I wrote about the things I felt called to reflect on as I write my yearly list of resolutions. I walked into Adoration about a week ago with a typically detailed list of what I wanted to accomplish in the New Year. As I said in my previous post, I walked out of the Adoration chapel with a completely different list. I felt a strong call to set aside a lot of the things I wanted to include, and commit to three resolutions alone. Here’s the list: 1. Every night before I go to bed, I will ask... Read More

Best Blog Posts I Read in 2008

After my 8 Things I Learned in 2008 post, I couldn’t resist ending the year with one more list! This is absolutely not a comprehensive list of every great post or article that I read, just some highlights, with an emphasis on links that didn’t get around much so some people may have missed. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did! (Those of you who have been following my links blog all year will have seen most of these.) By far the best post I read this year was the Raving Atheist’s Christmas post. (For those of you who aren’t... Read More

Just a reminder…

That we’re back on for 7 Quick Takes on Friday!  Read More →

8 Things I Learned in 2008

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been reflecting on what I learned in 2008, and considering how I can continue to grow from these lessons in the New Year. I thought I’d share my list in case anyone’s interested. 1. If my goal is to have a God-centered, peaceful life, I cannot do nearly as much as I thought I could. This was my first lesson of 2008, and one that I’ve realized I’ll have to remind myself of over and over again as I battle my lifelong tendency to put too much on my plate. As I detailed in the posts below,... Read More

Thoughts for New Year’s resolutions (Part I)

What I Learned When I Took My New Year’s Resolutions List to Adoration I love doing New Year’s resolutions. It’s a perfect opportunity to reevaluate where I am in my life vs. where I’d like to be (and where I should be). As I do every year, I recently wrote up my resolutions for 2009, and it was a great list of changes I would make and new habits I’d like to try to adopt. But then I did something I’ve never done before: I took the list to Adoration to pray about it. This turned out to be the best thing I could... Read More

Christmas after atheism

Since I’m so often asked what it’s like to experience Christmas after a life of atheism (especially that I was an atheist even as a child), here is a quick roundup of posts I’ve done on the subject: Christmas, for the first time (2006) Finding Narnia (2007) Saving Christmas (2007) What I loved about Christmas was Christ (this year) What child is this? (this year) Merry Christmas!  Read More →

No Quick Takes Friday this week

Just a quick note to say that I’m going to take a week off from hosting 7 Quick Takes this Friday since I’ll be away from my computer a lot this week. We’ll be back on for Friday the 2nd — in 2009!  Read More →

The Saint Diet: some thoughts on food and sin

This post is part of a series about re-thinking my relationship to food, which I call “The Saint Diet” to remind myself that the ultimate goal is deeper union with God. You can read all the posts on the subject here (scroll down to see them all). I mentioned back in November that through prayer and spiritual direction I was dragged kicking and screaming into the realization that there are ways you can structure your lifestyle to make it more conducive to holiness (e.g. getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, not getting overcommitted,... Read More

I laughed, I cried, I nodded vigorously…

When I saw this: (Don’t miss their responses at 4min 20sec. H/T to Heidi Jo What Do You Know?)  Read More →

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 14)

— 1 — Yaya is visiting for a week. This picture pretty much summarizes the trip: (Yes, that’s a cup in a potty chair.) — 2 — An email I got from my dad last week, relating a story one of his friends told him (he’s currently working in El Paso, near the Mexican border). I thought it was a neat story: Juan Garcia told me an interesting story. There’s a group of dancers in Juarez that dress up in the costumes of the northern Indians and, this time of year, go around to dance at places that celebrate the Virgen... Read More

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