Hello, and welcome to my little corner of the Internet, the place where I muse and wonder and write about all the things nobody is currently paying me to write about, from cooking to motherhood and design.
“The Catholic Table” blog began back in 2015, when I was single and living in Steubenville, Ohio. Then, it was all about cooking and hosting—a way to encourage people to open their homes to the gift of others and open their eyes to seeing food as God meant it to be seen: as a sign of his love and a foretaste of the Eucharist.
Over the years, however, as I’ve married, moved to Pittsburgh, gone through a hellish home renovation, struggled with infertility, and adopted a baby boy, the blog has evolved right along with my life. I’m still writing here about cooking and hosting, but I’m also writing about whatever struggles or blessings have hold of my heart at the current moment, from motherhood to bathroom renovations. I try to see all of it though, through the lens of grace. God wants to illuminate all that we love in this world–babies and Brussels sprouts, paintings and subway tile, friendships and light fixtures–with the light of faith. His grace comes to us through the sacraments, but also through the sacramentals of everyday life, and this place is where I strive to both remember that and understand that.
As for me, I am a writer, by both habit and trade. I write books, bible studies, essays, news stories, profiles and loads of copy for Catholic institutions. In addition to my books, my work has been published in First Things, Touchstone, the National Catholic Register, Our Sunday Visitor, Franciscan Magazine, the Catholic Digest, Legatus Magazine, and more. I’ve been writing for 15 years now, and 12 of those years have been from my home, as a full-time freelancer. As a new mom, I’m continuing to write full-time, while also raising our son. I don’t sleep much.
Since 2012, I’ve written four books of my own: The Catholic Girl’s Guide to the Single Years (Emmaus Road, 2012); These Beautiful Bones: An Everyday Theology of the Body (Emmaus Road, 2013); The American Catholic Almanac (Random House, 2014); and The Catholic Table (Emmaus Road: 2015). I’m slated to complete my fifth—Don’t Paint the Subway Tile: Lessons in Love, Sin, Gin, and Grace from a Real-Life Fixer Upper—this year.
In 2016, I began writing for the women’s ministry Endow. Since then, I’ve written five book-length studies for them—three on the papal documents, “Letter to Women,” “Salvifici Doloris” (On Human Suffering), and “Humanae Vitae” (On Human Life), one on St. Catherine of Siena, and one on St. Hildegard of Bingen and the Doctors of the Church.
I’m also the editor and co-author of a new series of high school theology textbooks, forthcoming in 2019 and 2020. The books will be co-published by the St. Paul Center (Emmaus Road Press) and the Sophia Institute. There are 11 books in the series. I’ve completed nine and have two more to go.
Occasionally—about four to six times a year—I venture out of my home and speak to women, men, and families about food, faith, infertility, the theology of the body, the great women saints, and more. If you’re interested in bringing me out of my corner of the world and into yours, visit my Speaking Page for more information.
You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest (mostly Instagram), where I keep the world supplied with pictures of our son, Toby. I’m pretty sure everyone needs more Toby in their life.
In the meantime, stay a while, poke about, and please come back again.