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“Are Catholics Crazy?” Recap

“Are Catholics Crazy?” Recap

On Tuesday I woke up with this brilliant idea of opening this blog up for questions to the Catholic faith.

About an hour after I posted it, I regretted it.

I realized that I had bit off way more than this blog space could chew. How does one explain why priests remain celibate in a 1,000 word post?

And I also realized that there are a TON of resources out there that have already done a great job answering every single question I received.

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Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy?

Are Catholics Crazy?

That’s a great question, actually. First, some background:

I grew up in a small town that was 10% Catholic. Since there are 13 in my family of origin, we made up a chunk of our congregation.

My classmates were Lutheran, Methodist or they just practiced their faith on their own.

It did not matter. They were my friends and I have amazing, fond, fun, crazy memories of grade school and high school.

In college I delighted in meeting people of all faiths. I was especially drawn to foreign students and I forged many friendships with students from China.

College was also, for the first time in my life, about being surrounded by Catholics. The Newman Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was THE place to go. It was there that I met and married my Catholic husband, Russ.

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The Problem with Fasting

The Problem with Fasting

Lent is fast approaching! For those of you that are unaware, Lent begins on Valentine’s Day this year. That makes me giggle. Then cry.

As a Catholic, I am asked to fast (two small meals and one medium meal with no snacks) just twice a year, Ash Wednesday and Good Friday.

I will be gut honest with you: I have never ever liked to fast.

I have never been very good at it so I have never sought it out. I have never tried to put it into my weekly schedule. I have not watched the DVD series a faithfully-fasting friend gave me.

The Problem with Fasting? Well, I hate to point out the obvious, but when you fast you don’t eat. That sounds awful. I love food and I make sure that I eat on a fantastically regular schedule.

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If You Need to Poop Soup

If You Need to Poop Soup

I hope you are smiling.

Poop Soup. That has a great ring to it, doesn’t it? Now, the original recipe of this soup comes from a lovely site, which I will share in a jiffy. But first, some background info.

Sugar turns Lori into a raging lunatic. I love my life without sugar. I love love love my life without sugar.

I have been browsing the No Sugar food sections on Pinterest and ran into this lentil soup. There are several varieties out there; some have more of an Italian twist, with lots of basil/oregano, etc.

I loved this one from food blogger Cookie + Kate because it has cumin and curry powder. The cumin and curry TOTALLY rounded out this soup. I loved it. And I thought of my sister Kelly while I ate it. Because she likes good food and will most likely love love love this soup.

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Join me for Coffee and Conversation on Sunday Mornings!

Join me for Coffee and Conversation on Sunday Mornings!

I am incredibly grateful to God for this thing called life.

I have been writing a lot of deeper thoughts about the journey, new discoveries that have been given. I wasn’t sure what to do what those thoughts, because they are more personal, too much for my blog.

I have decided to start a weekly email newsletter, a “Lori Unplugged” type of thing.

Think Coffee and Conversation. On Sunday mornings. Early.

Coffee and Conversation

I want a place where I can be more authentic and more intimate. I want a place where I don’t have to weigh my words, a place without my young kids. (They read my blog.)

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Letting Go of Our Sons

Letting Go of Our Sons

I have five sons.

There came a time, in each of their lives, that looked like this:

We were in a public place. My five-year old son needed to go to the bathroom. We found the restroom and I began shepherding him into the ladies’ room. He stopped. He pointed to the men’s room with these frightening words, “I want to go in here.”

This is how it has played out each time:

  • I stopped.
  • My entire body  went into panic mode.
  • I smiled at my son.
  • I screamed in my head, “If there is a molester in this bathroom I will beat the living shit out of him.”
  • I nodded encouragingly to my son and said, “Go ahead, I will be right here.”
  • I then waited, counting, figuring out how long it should take to pee and wash up.

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5 Tips if Your Child Wants to Join the Military

5 Tips if Your Child Wants to Join the Military

Several months ago my senior told me that he wanted to join the Navy Reserves. It was one of those moments where I just looked at him and blinked. I wasn’t sure if he was serious or not.

Matthew Edward Doerneman was serious.

As he worked with the Navy recruiter, he became super serious. As part of the process, we asked him to speak with some people that were in the Navy. He did. We did. All was going well.

I wrote about the first leg of this journey in this post, “How My Fourth Kid Surprised Me.”

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You are Important to Me!

You are Important to Me!

Last week I went to my second-favorite place to write, Starbucks. Someone was at my table (can you believe it?) so I had to set up my writing area at the massive tall table in the middle of the restaurant.

There were three girls at the end of my table. One of them was in my line of vision.

She was about twelve.

She was quiet, oh so quiet. I watched her out of the corner of my eye as she used her straw to slowly play with the whipped cream on her iced coffee.

The girl did not speak. She just played with her drink. For a long time.

Bored.

Quiet.

Wait a minute. She was one of three. Why was she looking so utterly dejected?

I glanced up at the other girls.

They.were.on.their.phones.

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Win Your Child’s Heart

Win Your Child’s Heart

For the past five posts I’ve written about my experience at SLS18 in Chicago. I’ve written about the mission of FOCUS and how that mission became an invitation to evangelize in my own parish.

But here’s the real truth: If I spend all of my time bringing Jesus to OTHERS and neglect those in my home, then I will go straight to hell.

Okay, I don’t think I will go to hell, but you get my point.

My first responsibility is to bring Jesus to my family.

And I actually like the win/build/send FOCUS model for my family.

The challenge? Most of us mothers don’t think we need to “win” our family. After all, our kids should already be on our side. They should cling to our every word. They should respect us.

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One Cool Way to Combat the Silo Culture

One Cool Way to Combat the Silo Culture

Last week I was in Chicago at the SLS18 Conference. I thought I was there to learn about the FOCUS model for colleges. I was a bit shocked out of my complacency when the leaders of the conference invited me to bring a “FOCUS” mentality to my parish.

For those of you that don’t know what a FOCUS mentality is, let me explain.

FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) is about transformation.

To accept Jesus is to be transformed. Not into a rule-following Uber Catholic, full of fear of a vengeful God, but into a trusting, happy, peaceful soul, content in your understanding that you are loved.

Enjoying a RELATIONSHIP with Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

That’s step one. Radical and personal transformation.

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