The Brood: How to Be a Bad Catholic

Bad Catholics don’t pray the rosary, but have at least five stashed around their house (and one in their car). Bad Catholics have no idea when the Holy Days of Observation are. Bad Catholics will receive the Eucharist at your wedding or funeral, even if they already broke their fast by toasting you in the parking lot

The Brood: Hoping Against Hope

by Holly Mohr For the past two or three weeks, I’ve found myself crying during yoga. Pretty much every time I go in my room, close the door, and let my guard down, I start to feel the things I’ve been putting off for the past year.             When I came home from burying myContinue reading “The Brood: Hoping Against Hope”

The Brood: Thy Will Be Done

by Holly Mohr “A lot of the time, we try to get God to bless our will, rather than seeking God’s will,” the priest said. It was a line in a good homily, a homily that was well-considered, authentic, even funny at times. But that phrase: our will, RATHER than God’s will. Let’s file itContinue reading “The Brood: Thy Will Be Done”

Dark Devotional: Except By the Holy Spirit

by Michelle Arnold No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12:3). “Grandma, have you ever been baptized?” My grandmother looked up from her magazine, and gave me a puzzled look. “I don’t know. Why?” I persisted. “You mentioned once that you were raised Methodist but sent your kidsContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Except By the Holy Spirit”

Dark Devotional: The Sky Has Fallen

by Michelle Arnold First New Testament Reading for May 29, 2022The Ascension of the Lord Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? (Acts 1:11) After what seemed, to me anyway, to be a respite from news of gun violence in America (if I’m wrong about this, don’t correct me), we’veContinue reading “Dark Devotional: The Sky Has Fallen”

The Brood: What Do We Retain?

by Holly Mohr “So how are you really?” He asks. “It’s been a long time since we’ve actually sat down to talk. I don’t think we’ve had a real conversation since your father’s death.” I appreciate the question. Honestly, I appreciate it every time someone asks it, but I never know how to answer. I’mContinue reading “The Brood: What Do We Retain?”

Dark Devotional: Resurrections Can Be Messy

by Michelle Arnold They did not yet understand the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead (John 20:9). Many Christian families have a favorite movie they enjoy watching at Easter. When I was growing up, Cecil B. DeMille’s 1956 version of The Ten Commandments was shown every year on television and became anContinue reading “Dark Devotional: Resurrections Can Be Messy”

The Brood: My Last, Best Boyfriend

By Theresa Weiler I have been single for a while now, but it wasn’t long ago that I was in a fairly long-term thing.  It was one of those relationships where you’ve known each other for your whole lives, flirting at family events, having long late night talks and intense arguments, drifting apart for monthsContinue reading “The Brood: My Last, Best Boyfriend”

Christlike Unsuccess

By Fr. Stephanos Pedrano, O.S.B. With Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, I’ve awakened each morning wondering if a World War III began while I was asleep. I want the success of every effort to achieve peace, wisdom, justice, balance, freedom, and humanitarian welfare. And in the Gospel reading this last Sunday, the devil offered Jesus differentContinue reading “Christlike Unsuccess”