Explore your doubts, but do so in peace

I hear from a lot of people who fear they’re losing their faith. They’ve had some doubts come to mind that they just can’t seem to get past, and they’re rattled to the core to think that their entire belief system just might be false. Since I’ve spent so much time in the spiritual desert,┬áthis is a topic near and dear to my heart. I’ve spent a long time thinking and praying about how to respond to people in this difficult situation, and thought I would share my answer, which has two key parts, in case it’s... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 114)

— 1 — We had our 18-week ultrasound yesterday and found out the gender of the baby. It’s a GIRL! This will be our fourth girl in a row (only our oldest is a boy). What’s funny is that having boys is very common in my husband’s family, so when our first was a boy, all his relatives saw this as confirmation that we’d have an all-boy family. I even joked, “Wouldn’t it be funny if we had more kids and they were all girls?”, thinking of it as some outlandish possibility that would never happen. Who... Read More

Observations from the Walk for Life

I’m excited to report that I was able to make it to the West Coast Walk for Life while I was in San Francisco this weekend. I came really close to confining myself to the comfort of my hotel, but I’m so glad I went. Some pictures and observations: I’ve never seen so many people in one place. I couldn’t make a rough estimate of how many people were there, because I could never see them all at once. Even when I found higher ground, the crowd stretched over one horizon to another. This video is the closest I could come to capturing... Read More

My article in Envoy Magazine

"Up From Atheism" by Jennifer Fulwiler I’m excited to announce that I wrote the feature for the current issue of Envoy magazine (and, yes, that would be my picture on the cover). It’s the most comprehensive version of my conversion story I’ve written yet. The issue is full of other great content as well: a profile of Fr. Frank Pavone by Danielle Bean; a fascinating discussion of gluttony by Patrick Madrid; practical tips for remaining detached from money by Fr. Andrew Apostoli, CFR; a transcript of a powerful talk about... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 113)

— 1 — What a week! My talk for Legatus International on Tuesday went very well. It was such a pleasure to meet everyone there. I was very impressed by how warm, humble and welcoming all the members were. The kids and I got back in town yesterday (Wednesday), and then I leave for San Francisco at the crack o’ dawn Friday morning, where I’ll meet with my literary agent, catch up with Hallie and do a whole lot of sitting around and reading. (In typical fashion, I haven’t given a single thought to packing, and I’m... Read More

Lies and Confession: The case of the stolen pacifier

This post was originally published on March 25, 2009. One day last year I was putting grocery bags in the car after an epic store trip, and after I grabbed the last bag something caught my eye in the back of the cart: a $3.75 package of pacifiers. Somehow we made it out of the store without paying for them. I had all three kids strapped into the car, they were all overtired and on the brink of major meltdowns, the store was crowded with 10+ minute waits to check out, it was already well past dinner time, and some rumbling thunder indicated that... Read More

Ordinary Time: A Revelation

Was your Christmas less than picture perfect? Then you’re going to love this guest post by one of my favorite writers, Simcha Fisher. (For those of you who aren’t familiar with┬áthe liturgical calendar, Ordinary Time is the liturgical season outside of specific liturgical seasons like Lent, Advent, Christmas, etc. The Christmas season just ended, and now we’re currently in Ordinary Time.) I’m still sweeping up pine needles from the Christmas tree. I don’t mind, because unlike every other mess, this one has a definitive... Read More

7 Quick Takes Friday (vol. 112)

— 1 — I finally saw the hematologist about the ultrasound on my leg that was done last week. It turns out that there are a lot of clots in the superficial veins in that leg. The good news is that there are no clots in the deep veins, but the bad news is that there’s not much I can do about the pain, other than take analgesics and keep moving. Also, it’s odd that I would develop clots while I’m giving myself Lovenox shots every day. (The thought did cross my mind that the worst pain of all is having clots while PAYING... Read More

Banish the spiders

For my first post for our year with Francis de Sales, I was drawn to a section at the beginning of Introduction to the Devout Life. Addressing the reader as Philothea, which refers to “a soul in love with God,” he discusses venial, i.e. “small” sins. We don’t need to freak out about relatively minor sins; if you snicker at an inappropriate joke on television, it’s not the end of the world. However. Francis points out that there is a danger in getting attached to these small sins. If we adopt an attitude of “Aw,... Read More

A year with Francis de Sales

I’m still excited that my patron saint for 2011, chosen by the trusty Saint’s Name Generator, is St. Francis de Sales. For those of you who aren’t familiar with him, he was born in France in 1567 and ended up becoming a well-known spiritual director, whose teachings became known as the Way of Divine Love. His writings are still popular today because he was so gifted at offering practical advice to normal people living ordinary lives. His thoughts on how to achieve holiness right where you are resonate just as much today as they... Read More

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