A Good Friday Reflection on Sin

Father Clay’s perspective on sin has always resonated with me. He has helped me think of “sin” as the anxiety, suffering and pain we carry in ourselves or inflict on others. When I hear that God forgives sins, for me that means I have permission to stop beating myself up for something, that I canContinue reading “A Good Friday Reflection on Sin”

Love is not a sin

I felt so sad on Monday when I read that the Vatican is barring the blessing of same-sex unions, declaring that “God cannot bless sin.” It was a nasty reminder that I choose to stay in a religion that excludes nonconformists and women, and passes judgment on people even when they’re living their truest, mostContinue reading “Love is not a sin”

Self-Talk When Things Seem Too Good To Be True

I’m having a bit of a moment right now. As they might say on the Simpsons, everything is coming up Katie: My business is right where I want it, volume- and project-wise, and I even started some work with my former employer I was recognized on LinkedIn for some volunteer work I do, and theContinue reading “Self-Talk When Things Seem Too Good To Be True”

Giving up my busy mind for Lent

My head is full today, for no other reason than that it’s a Wednesday, and there were lots of meetings – it was a normal day. My introverted self is tired from talking to people all day, from feeling a lack of control over day-to-day work things. I’m happy that my fourth grader went backContinue reading “Giving up my busy mind for Lent”

Holding a lost friend in love

A dear work friend of mine died by suicide almost five years ago. I woke up thinking about him today and just wanted to use this space to hold his memory in love for a moment. I love that he showed up for me today. At first it seemed random, but I remember that yesterdayContinue reading “Holding a lost friend in love”

Yes, I Do Need Mercy

Sin has always seemed like such a loaded term to me, reserved for violations of the ten commandments and things I should feel deep shame for. I don’t steal or kill or lie, and so when I think of going to confession or calling myself a “sinner” it feels extreme and even a little silly.Continue reading “Yes, I Do Need Mercy”

For When You’re Not At Your Best

Last week was hard, and I’m kicking myself for losing my temper with my kids. On Thursday, I was taking Anna and her friend skiing. We both needed to get our work done before we could go, plus I needed to help Will get organized for the day. Anna was needy as I was tryingContinue reading “For When You’re Not At Your Best”

We Are Called… To Act With Justice

I told you earlier this year that I’m committing to shifting my volunteerism from charity to activism. I’d like to focus more on alleviating the causes of suffering at a systemic level. I am slowly discerning what this looks like. I think it might mean pivoting from food packing events and reading support in myContinue reading “We Are Called… To Act With Justice”

When Will These Voices Integrate? When I Let Them

My fourth grader’s reading teacher challenges the kids to be aware of their “reading voice” and their “thinking voice” when they read books. That is, the part of the brain that’s reading the words, and the part that’s analyzing them at the same time. I overheard this on a Google Meet call recently and itContinue reading “When Will These Voices Integrate? When I Let Them”