While the tried and true guide to help Catholic women 'survive' the single years has been written by American author Emily Stimpson, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my own advice on getting the best out of your singlehood.
What does ‘kindness’ actually mean?
I recently noted that several men said 'kindness' was a desirable trait in a wife. But what does kindness actually mean?
Now on Instagram
Just a short post here to let you know Agony & Hope is now on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/p/BzCxPl4jfs1/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link My handle is @agony.and.hope. I've 'grammed about a few of my posts here and plan to continue doing so, supplemented by pretty pictures and inspiring quotes 🙂 (NB this is probably going to appeal more to my female … Continue reading Now on Instagram
Do what you are doing
I don't know about you, but I get distracted easily. That's why I'm very excited about this framed Latin quote I commissioned which contains some very helpful advice.
Why Taylor Swift should leave politics alone
Taylor Swift has released the second single from her upcoming album Lover, called 'You Need To Calm Down'. The catchy track marks a departure from Tay-Tay's previous image, with the top-selling singer becoming much more openly political than ever before. Here's why that's a problem.
How to navigate the single life (and how to talk to your single friends)
A friend of mine just put me onto this fantastic article by Maria Walley on the Grotto Network: What the world needs to understand about single people. Maria hits the nail on the head about a number of issues, including common myths surrounding dating and marriage, how married couples should (and shouldn't) speak to singles … Continue reading How to navigate the single life (and how to talk to your single friends)
How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
A reader just put me onto this very enjoyable rant by Suzanne Venker in the Washington Examiner. I understand last Sunday was Father's Day in the USA (in Australia it falls in September); this op-ed addresses the issue of fatherlessness and father absence in America, hitting on some very poignant universal truths, in my opinion: … Continue reading How father absence is affecting our marriage prospects
Why you need a community
Something that has come up again and again in discussions on this blog and elsewhere in response to what I've written is the need for community. The loss of community is one of the many scourges of the modern age, particularly in countries like Australia. Unlike many older countries, we do not have the customs, … Continue reading Why you need a community
Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives
Today I recorded an interview with Mary Ashley Burton of the Fishers of Men Podcast. The podcast explores Christian dating, relationships and singlehood in a post-Christian context. She called me from LA - 8pm Thursday her time, 1pm Friday my time - and we chatted through my lunch break. I really enjoyed the conversation, as … Continue reading Women: marriage and motherhood are not the pinnacle of your lives
A good read
I love to read. And some of my favourite things to read are fantasy novels. A couple of years ago, I came across an author who manages to combine great storytelling, compelling characters and thrilling romances with a promotion of virtuousness. This is so rare!
What men want
A week ago I posted about some of the qualities I find most attractive in men, and how I try to incorporate those same qualities into my life. I asked my male readers what kinds of qualities they seek in a mate and this is what they said.
7 reasons why women love Jane Austen
Her characters are relatableSeriously, who doesn't identify with Anne Elliot, Catherine Morland, Marianne Dashwood or Lizzie Bennet at times? Or indeed, any of her other characters? Love her or loathe her, Jane Austen had a wonderful understanding of the human person, which is why she was able to create such three-dimensional, relatable characters that you … Continue reading 7 reasons why women love Jane Austen
Just ask her to dance
Dear Men, Have you ever been to a wedding or a party and seen a bunch of women dancing together, perhaps in a circle? Yes? Thought so. Well, guess what? They may look like they're having a great time, but they're only doing this because YOU haven't asked any of them to dance. I'm willing … Continue reading Just ask her to dance
The Cardinal Pell Appeal: Part 2
I continued my prayers and fasting today for the outcome of Cardinal George Pell's appeal against his conviction of five assault charges against two choirboys. The prosecution had its day in court today. The Daily Telegraph reports: [Prosecution lawyer] Mr Boyce started with little fanfare, but immediately jumped to defend the integrity of the complainant … Continue reading The Cardinal Pell Appeal: Part 2
The Cardinal Pell Appeal: Part 1
While many Aussies are busy watching Round One of the State of Origin rugby league series tonight, I am too preoccupied with Cardinal Pell's appeal to care. This appeal, which is running for two days (Wednesday and Thursday this week) also ties in with this week's rather unintended theme surrounding the issue of child sexual … Continue reading The Cardinal Pell Appeal: Part 1