2021 ... what a year. Thanks to downtime in between leaving my job and having my baby, pregnancy insomnia, and lots of time on the couch snuggling a newborn, I read more this year than I have in the last few years. They weren't a lot of bestsellers or new releases, but I got a lot out of them. Here they are, in no particular order.
Mary set outand traveled to the hill country in hasteto a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariahand greeted Elizabeth.When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.And … Continue reading Pro-life Ministry: Lessons From the Visitation
When I was a kid, my favorite TV show was "Wishbone," and my favorite episode was about Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego (who was Blessed Juan Diego at the time the episode aired).
I like trying to set goals, even if my weakness (or God's plans) change them. So, here's what I want to try this year.
Before I rest on my laurels, I need to decide what makes a Mary and a Martha in my own context, in my own life.
Our humanity includes a broken body—and that brokenness is something the Lord himself chose to take on. If he did, why wouldn't we?
There is something so good about a baby. Why else would couples, after weeks of morning sickness, the pain of labor and childbirth, and the long and difficult nights, choose to have more than one? Sleep deprivation-induced memory loss may well be a reason—but it's also because babies are good. Their wonder can teach us to wonder. Their delight can teach us to delight. Their innocence can call us back to innocence. They remind us of the beauty of the human being
Lately, though, I've had some beautiful moments meditating on the joyful mysteries. Becoming a mother brings them to life in a way they never have before; I can relate my own experiences of motherhood to the awe-inspiring experiences of the Blessed Mother as she and St. Joseph raised the Son of God.
Day by day, bead by bead, the rosary bringing me closer to Jesus and his mother—and I'm bringing my daughter there with me.
My husband and I got married last year on the feast day of St. Teresa of Calcutta (perhaps still more commonly known as Mother Teresa). We'd selected that day partly because of the time of year (not too distant from when he proposed but enough time for marriage prep and wedding planning ... and, it … Continue reading Celebrating Mother Teresa on My Wedding Anniversary