A Moment in the Labyrinth

Outdoor Mass during the pandemic has become affectionately known in our household as Mass on the Grass.  I spend much of Mass on the Grass trying to keep Daniel, my toddler, from launching himself into the bushes, pulling cords from the nearby speaker and generally wreaking havoc on parish property.  A couple Sundays ago, heContinue reading “A Moment in the Labyrinth”

Separated: Inside an American Tragedy

In November, about the same time that I was writing my first two immigration pieces for the blog, my office received a call from a Catholic church in North County.  One of the couples who was scheduled to attend our Celebrating Your Love retreat for engaged couples would be unable to attend their upcoming date. Continue reading “Separated: Inside an American Tragedy”

Land of Enchantment

When I first created Faithfully Irreverent, I considered making travel one of my main topics/categories.  With the realities of COVID, I hardly wanted to make others wistful for the travel that they were not doing.  As the pandemic has dragged on, I find myself fantasizing about one place in particular. Santa Fe, New Mexico IfContinue reading “Land of Enchantment”

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Capitol

“While people in Palestine & in many other places in the world are struggling to achieve democracy, there are those in the U.S. who are actively sabotaging theirs.” -Tweet from Palestinian official, Hanan Ashrawi Things that I did today for the first time: Type the words insurrection and sedition; I wrote a couple papers onContinue reading “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Capitol”

Light in the Darkness

Life’s biggest moment seem to happen on idle Tuesdays.  Or late Wednesday afternoons.  Or Friday nights on the brink of Saturday mornings.  Births.  Deaths.  Congratulatory emails.  Accidents.  Many of the moments that irrevocably change the course of our lives are not scheduled nor expected. Such was last Tuesday around lunchtime.  My mom received a callContinue reading “Light in the Darkness”

Coming to America

In October of 2006, Richard went on an accidental job interview.  I say accidental because he was on vacation at the time and had not been applying for jobs.  He distinctly remembers having to purchase work-appropriate pants since he had 12-hour notice that this interview would occur.  When he arrived at the office, they wereContinue reading “Coming to America”

Immigration 101

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” -Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” In response to a previous post, Roberta had asked about the realities and the challengesContinue reading “Immigration 101”

Hug-Tackles of God

Daniel, my baby-turned toddler, is a destructive force these days.  At 18 months, he is a study in superlatives – seeking the tallest slides, biggest toys and making the loudest sounds.  Lately, I have taken to thinking of him as Mr. All-In.  Like many new toddlers, he leaves a trail behind him of broken toys,Continue reading “Hug-Tackles of God”