Day 15 – Virginia: “Hold my Fishing pole!”

Tuesday, March 31, 2020 – Yesterday a new (read: mostly unchanged) executive order was handed down. A lot of people panicked, some cheered, and most everyone didn’t actually read it. For those who want to follow along at home, you can read each of the executive orders by clicking on the links below: Executive Order Read More

Day 12 – One Totally Normal Thing Happened this Lent

Saturday, March 28, 2020 – I think we can all agree that this has been the Lentiest Lent we have ever Lented! Nothing seems normal. However, tomorrow is Passion Sunday. It is the Fifth Sunday of Lent and marks the two-week countdown to Easter. And…it was our chance to do one normal thing this Lent. Read More

Day 11 – Papal Blessings and TV…a (nearly) 125 Year-Old Tradition

Friday, March 27, 2020 – Today is a historic day. Pope Francis will give the Urbi et Orbi blessing at 6 PM Rome time (1 PM EDT). In Latin, “urbi et orbi” means “to the city (of Rome) and to the world.” The blessing has a plenary indulgence attached to it if you “do your Read More

Day 10 – Do not Adjust your Screens…Catholics are Taking Over the Internet

Thursday, March 26, 2020 – It is an amazing and wondrous time. Amidst this pandemic, our devout and holy priests can minister to us as best they are able through a vast array of technologies. While “TV Mass” is no substitute for us adoring the Lord in person, it has been a great comfort knowing Read More

Day 9 – The Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – “Here I am, Lord; I come to do your will.” (Psalm 40: 7a-8a) Despair, fear, anxiety, anger. These are some of the emotions many of us are dealing with right now. However, today is a reminder that in God, all things are possible. Trust in the Lord! Today is the Read More

Day 7 – The End of Week 1, Frayed Nerves, and Active Participation

Monday, March 23, 2020 – As we close out the first week without public Masses, I find myself thankful for many things. However, I have also instructed Andrew and a couple of close friends to force chocolate down my throat if I start mouthing off at people (any more than I already have) or whittling Read More

Day 6 – Keeping Holy the Sabbath: Virtual Edition

Sunday, March 22, 2020 – For many of us, this is the first Sunday we’ve been away from public Mass during this crazy time. It feels different than the times I’ve missed Mass for being ill…very different. Andrew and I got up at our normal time, ate breakfast, and put on our Church clothes. Now Read More