Interviews

An interview with a small, fuzzy woman who looks like me

I’m only, oh, six weeks late on this, but I keep meaning to direct you to this webcam interview I did with blogger extraordinaire Brandon Vogt. It’s a 10-minute discussion in which we talked about evangelizing to nonbelievers, how to get traffic to your blog, how I find time to write, and the top three books that changed my life. And you can see it all right here! Now, it’s bad blogging etiquette that I am posting the video here rather than directing everyone to the link where Brandon posted it on his own site, but I am in great... Read More

In which I introduce you to Jen-Tron, and give you cool stuff to read about faith and science

Sara Mahoney has a cool blog called Losing It Together, where she and her husband write about getting healthy together. We recently had an email chat about my experience with food addiction, and how changing what I ate changed my life (or, put another way: how I killed off my alter ego, Jen-Tron the Eating Machine). She posted the short interview here if you’d like to check it out. Thanks to Sara for the idea, and for asking great questions! Speaking of which, here’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you about: You’ll notice... Read More

Forgiving the unforgivable: A conversation with Dawn Eden

For many of you, Dawn Eden needs no introduction. She’s a popular blogger, a former rock journalist, Catholic convert, and author of the bestselling book The Thrill of the Chaste. I recently had the honor of interviewing her for the National Catholic Register, where she spoke for the first time publicly about her own experience as a victim of childhood sexual abuse. When I talked with her for that interview, I was overwhelmed by the amount of wisdom Dawn has gained on the subjects of healing and forgiveness. It was immediately clear that there... Read More

Interview with an exorcist, Part II

You asked, Fr. Thomas Euteneuer answers! Here’s Part II to our interview about exorcism and his new book, Exorcism and the Church Militant. (Part I is here.) ——————— Q: You mentioned that secular professionals are sometimes involved in the exorcism process. What kind of reactions do you typically get from them? Do they think all this exorcism stuff is crazy, or do they agree that something supernatural is going on? It is more accurate to say that secular professionals are involved in the consultation... Read More

Interview with an exorcist, Part I

I finally got a chance to catch up with Fr. Thomas Euteneuer and chat with him about exorcism and his new book, Exorcism and the Church Militant. Almost all of the questions were suggested by readers in the comments and emails I received in response to this post. I hope you enjoy hearing his answers as much as I did! ————————– Q: As I read your book, my impression was that exorcism is essentially a form of prayer. Is that right? Yes. Q: Some people hear about exorcisms and ask: Why is a priest... Read More

One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children (Part 3 of 3)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I am honored to post the final installment of my interview series with a couple named Kimberly and Jimmy who are adopting HIV-positive children from Ethiopia. If you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, see the links above. Q: What kind of life expectancy do your children have? The beautiful thing about this question is I don’t have an exact answer for you. At least not in the way that people with HIV/AIDS used to get answers — answers along the lines of “you have a few months.” Or one year. Or a... Read More

One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children (Part 2 of 3)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 I am delighted to post Part 2 of my interview series with a couple named Kimberly and Jimmy who are adopting HIV-positive children from Ethiopia. Make sure you’ve already read Part 1 since some of Kimberly’s answers here refer to what she wrote there. Q: At the end of Part 1 you were saying that when the idea of adopting HIV- positive children first came to mind, you tried to forget about it. What happened next? I tried to thrust it out of my mind, but I couldn’t. The idea of adopting a child with HIV... Read More

One couple’s journey to adopting HIV-positive children (Part 1 of 3)

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 A few weeks ago I met a wonderful couple named Kimberly and Jimmy who are in the process of adopting two HIV-positive children from Ethiopia. I enjoyed talking with them so much that I asked if I could interview them for my blog to share their story with you. The following is the first of a three-part interview, written by Kimberly. It’s a long post but I hope that you will find, as I did, that it is well worth your time to read the whole thing. Q: Let’s start by talking about your discernment. How did your... Read More

When Less is More: Finding Inspiration in Severe Disability

I recently became familiar with the story of Jason and Angie Berger, whose daughter Sunni (pronounced “Sunny”) was born with a disorder causing her to be severely disabled. I was so touched by their story that I asked if I could do an interview with them. I hope that you find their answers as inspiring and thought-provoking as I have. Q: Tell us a little bit about your daughter, Sunni. She has Mitochondrial Disease, an energy disorder affecting her at a cellular level. She has stalled at less than one year of development, cognitively... Read More

From Agnosticism to the Priesthood (Part I)

To give myself a little blogging break I decided to try doing a post where I interview some interesting person whose insights my readers might enjoy. I immediately thought of Br. James Brent, a young man with a fascinating story of losing his faith only to find it again and realize he was called to be a priest. I hope you’ll enjoy hearing his thoughts on faith, doubt, finding your vocation and the priesthood as much as I have! Q: Tell us a little bit about yourself. My name is Br. James Dominic Brent, O.P. I am a Dominican Friar of the Eastern... Read More

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