I wish Kim Davis had resigned.

Okay, so, Kim Davis. She is the county clerk whose refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is rooted in her religious beliefs and has resulted in her arrest.

Her attorney’s statement says that she is being treated as a criminal because she cannot violate her conscience. But a judge says she is being treated as a criminal because she violated a court order. Either way, tonight, she is in jail.

I wonder if what sparked the stand she took is actually what she says sparked it — if what bothers her is the fact that she’s required by her job description to do something that violates her conscience. Here’s what I mean:

If you’d like a signed copy of ‘Chastity Is For Lovers’…

my and my bookI’m pumped to report that signed copies of Chastity is for Lovers: Single, Happy, and (Still) a Virgin are now available in my online store.

The book, which is a first place winner of a 2015 Catholic Press Award, is, according to one reviewer, “one of the best books I’ve read regarding what chastity is, who is called to live it out, and how it can be lived out.” According to another, it is “well worth reading, for man or woman, young or old.”

Who needs Chastity Is For Lovers?

Sad news.

At 5:15 a.m. Thursday, June 4, my mom woke me with news: My paternal grandfather, Dr. Henry G. Spenceley, had passed away at the hospital at 4:37 that morning.

The moment we met, on Nov. 7, 1985.

His passing, according to my grandmother, who was with him, was peaceful. Painless. It was also unexpected, in a way, since he hadn’t been sick, except for the few days prior. I’ll always cherish the photo above, of the moment Popop and I first met.

In or near Naples, FL?

In or near Naples, FL? Then I’ll see you tomorrow! I’ll chat about practicing chastity in a culture that calls it crazy at Theology on Tap at St. John the Evangelist. Deets:

Date: June 2, 2015

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Event: Theology on Tap

Sponsor: St. John’s Young Adults

Venue: St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

Location: 625 111th Ave. N., Naples, FL

Struggling in your relationship or single life? Be set free (and win a book).

This post includes an excerpt, used with permission, from my friend and fellow author Renee Fisher’s new devotional book, “Faithbook of God.”

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While I read today’s entry in my friend Renee Fisher’s new devotional book, I thought of readers who’ve emailed me to share struggles in relationships or with single life — people who have felt rejected, dejected, alone.

If you’re among them, I hope this excerpt from Renee’s book brings you hope:

Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering. – Mark 5:34

There was a woman in the Bible who bled for more than thirteen years. She wanted to be set free. Amidst a crowd of people, instead of asking for help, she decided to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. When Jesus realized that healing power had gone out from him, he immediately asked who had touched him.

I wrote this poem for a friend who needed to feel Jesus’ touch. Read it as if he is speaking directly to you today: