What I read: March 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Lent and a Philosophy of Food

This year for Lent, I decided to focus on my relationship with food. At first glance, this might seem a little superficial and unrelated to anything spiritual. But the truth is, in our increasingly secular society, food has become somewhat of a religion unto itself; a little idol that we set up and worship and sacrifice to. It can feed into the sins not only of gluttony, but also pride and vanity and a host of other “little” sins. And…

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What I read: February 2018

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Pre-Lenten Thoughts

For Catholics, we are about to begin the season of Lent, the 40-ish days leading up to Easter. This is traditionally a time that the Church encourages the faithful to focus on prayer, spiritual fasting, and charity. Since joining the Catholic Church nearly six years ago, Lent has actually become one of my favorite times of the year. Seriously. In my book, An Adult-ish Toolkit, I talk about the importance of recognizing and embracing different seasons and rhythms in your life,…

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Washington, John Paul II, and Hope

Not too long ago, one of my best friends moved to Washington, DC. Thrilled that she was once again within a day’s drive (instead of halfway across the country), I’ve managed to find a couple of opportunities to go up for visits this past year, and have found myself enjoying DC much more than I anticipated. There is something about being in a big city like DC that has a certain kind of magic for me. It is far different from my…

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