I was 14 when "The Passion of the Christ" came out, so while I couldn't have seen it in theaters without my parents, I was probably old enough to watch it. Certainly, it seems strange that as a Catholic who enjoys watching movies, it took me this long to watch it. But I've always been … Continue reading “The Passion of the Christ” and Samwise Gamgee
“The woman’s soul is fashioned as a shelter in which other souls may unfold.” – St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross In February, my friend Bernadette and I started a Catholic young women's book club. Actually, I have my boyfriend to thank for it, because he gave me "The Other Side of Beauty" (Leah Darrow, … Continue reading “A Shelter in Which Other Souls May Unfold”
In Chapter 24 of the Gospel of Luke, Mary Magdalene, Joanna (the wife of Herod's steward), and Mary (the mother of James) visit Jesus' tomb and find his body missing. Imagine their state of mind: They were heartbroken, having seen their God, whom they loved, crucified. Then, they went to visit his body, and they … Continue reading Why Do You Seek the Living Among the Dead?
In 2012, the United Nations declared March 21 to be World Down Syndrome Day, “to help raise awareness of what Down syndrome is, what it means to have Down syndrome, and how people with Down syndrome play a vital role in our lives and communities.” It’s ironic, because the UN is also a fan of … Continue reading World Down Syndrome Day 2018
When I consecrated myself to Mary earlier this year, I received a brown scapular that had been blessed by a priest. I'd seen scapulars before and heard of the brown one in particular but didn't really know what it meant to wear one until my consecration. Now, I wear it every day. (And on a … Continue reading The Brown Scapular: A Carmelite Tradition
Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, creator of the "33 Days to Morning Glory" Marian consecration retreat and book, says that "the act of consecrating oneself to Jesus through Mary marks the beginning of a gloriously new day, a new dawn, a brand new morning in one's spiritual journey. It's a fresh start, and it changes everything." … Continue reading Totus Tuus: All Yours, Mary!
"Confession is an act of honesty and courage – an act of entrusting ourselves, beyond sin, to the mercy of a loving and forgiving God" (Pope John Paul II). I was terrified at my first Reconciliation. As a socially anxious seven-year-old, the idea of having to tell my sins to a priest I didn't really … Continue reading Returning to Reconciliation
January is National Mentoring Month. Since I'm an editor for a company in the training industry, I've been writing and editing a lot about the topic this month. It started me thinking about mentors outside of work and, specifically, in the Church. Who are my spiritual mentors? I can group them into three categories: the … Continue reading Celebrating Our Spiritual Mentors
I don't know about you, but sometimes, I really wish turning off the news in the 21st century was as easy as turning off a TV channel. But with social media, email newsletters, podcasts, and of course the good old fashioned TV and radio, it feels impossible sometimes. (Not to mention irresponsible - it's important … Continue reading Communicating With Truth and Dignity
Yesterday, I attended NC Right to Life's annual prayer breakfast with a small group of friends from the Raleigh Catholic young adults group. Several of us were even given the opportunity to help lead a prayer, which was a moving experience in itself. I've heard of the breakfast, which is followed by a march, but … Continue reading Why We Need Pro-Life Prayer