Close Calls, Liam Neeson & The Danger of Busy

On our recent pilgrimage to Spain, “close calls” seemed to be one of the themes of the trip. We began our trip with a close call with a terrorist attack in Barcelona. We moved on to a close call with a firecracker. There we were, watching an amazing display of fireworks in San Sebastián. I […]

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Fatima & Getting Schooled by My Kids

It’s been one of those weeks.   I’m just holding on by a thread, but I just can’t let this day go by without commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the last apparition at Fatima. Do you ever wonder why Mary chose 3 simple children to carry her important message to the world.  They were just […]

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Beach Struggles, Hugh Hefner, and Teaching Our Kids to Navigate a Sex-Saturated World

This past week, Hugh Hefner, founder of the Playboy enterprise, died.  May God have mercy on his soul and on all the souls who have been hurt by his legacy. Though I don’t dare suggest I know Hugh Hefner’s motives, I found it surprising that some people have tried to raise this man up as […]

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San Sebastian: Walking the Camino and Fighting Resistance

Somebody please explain to me why anybody would be tempted to skip a beatiful hike through the the Spanish mountains, surrounded by views like these: For me, it came down to resistance. Resistance: it’s become a popular term among Catholics, but it’s roots reach all the way back to the earliest days of Christianity. Perhaps […]

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San Sebastián: Facing our Fears, Weddings, and Finding Hope Again

It’s hard to describe that feeling after making it onto the train. As we stumbled into our seats and the train pulled away from the Barcelona Sants Station, John and I both looked at each other and breathed a sigh of relief. It felt like we had dodged a bullet — and in some way, maybe […]

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Barcelona: Gaudi, Works in Progress and the Sacrada Familia

“A church is the only thing worthy of representing the soul of a people, for religion is the most elevated reality in man”. ~Antoni Gaudi~   Gaudi is arguably one of the most famous architects of modern times.  No doubt, his greatest work of architecture is the Sacrada Familia.  It is one of the most […]

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Barcelona: Gaudi, Failure, and Being the Light

My last post was not a very pleasant picture of Barcelona.  Stolen wallets, the darkness we felt, and a close call with terrorists isn’t likely to be linked to by the Barcelona tourism board any time soon. 🙁 So it might surprise you that if asked whether or not I would recommend a visit to […]

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Barcelona: Stolen Wallets, Terrorist Attacks, and Making Sense of It All

We recently returned home from a family pilgrimage to Spain, Portugal and Fatima.  Gotta say, it did not disappoint.  It was an amazing journey from beginning to end. So let’s begin at the beginning:  Barcelona.  Our time in Barcelona began with us deciding to travel as pilgrims do:  hoofing it with all of our bags, […]

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7 Things that Make Family Travel Easier

I know that school is beginning soon enough for most of us, but as I’m preparing for a family pilgrimage to Spain and Fatima, I thought I’d share some of those things that have made traveling with the whole family far more manageable — dare I say, even enjoyable? To be honest, I love the […]

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What Happens in Japan, Stays in Japan

It’s been getting kind of serious around here, so it’s time to write about something that is absolutely ridiculous.  Consider this a PSA.  I’m here to help.  Japan Syndrome: It’s for real, and it’s not pretty. 🙁 If this post can spare even one person from a similar fate, than I can say that all […]

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