My Interview with Catholic TV, a reflection on how God works

My heart is pumping. I have no idea what to do with my hands... Where do they go again? Across my lap? Behind my back? A camera begins inching closer to my face as I speak. The producer asks me another question and all I can think about is- Good gracious! How did I get here?! In 2012, my first directee asked me to be the directee's Spiritual Director. At the time, I had only been a Youth Minister for one year. I was completely shocked and felt miserably inadequate to fulfill this significant role in the directee's life. My own Spiritual Director is so inspiring, wise, loving, and faith-filled, and I just couldn't fathom how I could possibly be to others what she has been for me- a source of

If your hand causes you to sin, CUT IT OFF?!?!

Before St. Augustine’s conversion into the Catholic faith, he was enslaved by his passions for sex, drinking, food, partying, and other worldly pleasures. In his "Confessions," St. Augustine writes about his long time struggle with temptations of lust of the flesh and with eating and drinking. His former way of living can often shock the cradle Catholic who erroneously believes that the Saints were "practically perfect in every way" (to quote Mary Poppins)! I know, because I was one of them! I often imagined the Saints up in Heaven with their bright halos drinking tea and eating crumpets, with their pinkies up and saying in a British accent, "What a miserable bunch those humans are on earth.

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