Audrey Assad, deconstruction and ‘good’ doubt

Sara Perla of Catholic University writes about a recent appearance of formerly-Catholic musician Audrey Assad. “We are constantly fighting internal battles when it comes to belief – whether that belief… Read More

Time under Tension

“Time under tension is what makes us stronger,” says the barre instructor as I struggle to do one more rep. After four years of consistent barre workouts, I have to… Read More

The Cross and Catholic Dating Culture

There is plenty of anecdotal evidence that the dating world these days is abysmal. In the last few weeks, I have had many conversations with other single Catholic women, some… Read More

Save us from ourselves

I was a bit hard on single people in one of my previous articles. I do think that we need to take responsibility for cultivating friendships and community and cannot… Read More

Feeling Excluded at Your Parish? Join the Crowd

Sara Perla wrote a piece for OSV on the challenge of Christian community. “A lot of you feel like you can barely make it to the parish for Mass. You… Read More

Actions Louder than Words

Sara Perla of Catholic University wrote a piece for OSV on evangelization, where actions speak louder than words. “There is something incommunicable about God’s work in the human heart. I… Read More

God Forbid

Sara Perla of Catholic University writes on the strange refusal of some Christians to accept suffering. “None of us can know what may be asked of anyone else by God,… Read More

The glory of confession

I imagine that most seven-year-old’s confessions are about the same: being mean to one’s sibling; disobeying one’s parents; being greedy at the store; stealing one’s brother’s gum balls out of… Read More

Want your kids to stay in the Church? Take them to the beach

Sara Perla from Catholic University wrote a piece for OSV for parents who are anxious about their children’s faith lives: “Time after time when I asked students to tell me… Read More

Tragical Sexual Comedy

If you have ever been to a stand-up comedy show, you know that comics tend to be something of a mess. Comedy is, for many of these people, a way… Read More

Vocational Mortality Review

Many hospitals regularly engage in something called a clinical mortality review (also called morbidity & mortality rounds or “M&M” conferences). These meetings are used to try to understand if a… Read More

The Church: Field Hospital?

One of the prominent images of the Francis pontificate is that of the Church as a field hospital in the midst of battle. “Tend the wounds, tend the wounds!” calls… Read More