I first saw the scene on Instagram, but it went straight to my heart even out of context. In the second episode of season 3 of “The Chosen,” Little James, who we’ve seen walks with a limp, comes to Jesus after He commissions the Apostles. He tells him he finds it hard to believe that … Continue reading When God Doesn’t Heal You: A Lesson From “The Chosen”
Accepting the Cross God Gave Me
“That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.” I was recently reminded of this line from the Litany of Humility, that challenging but oh-so-fruitful prayer. I’ve been comparing my own suffering as a mother with chronic pain to … Continue reading Accepting the Cross God Gave Me
“Mama Prays”: A Realistic, Encouraging Devotional for Catholic Mamas
Being a mom is hard. Being a Catholic mom is, in some ways, especially hard. (How on earth do you raise a practicing Catholic in our culture? I'm not sure yet!) In many other ways, though, Catholicism gives us comfort, strength, and wisdom, and I don't know how I would survive motherhood without it. It … Continue reading “Mama Prays”: A Realistic, Encouraging Devotional for Catholic Mamas
Healing Is a Process
Ten and a half months after having my daughter, and my fibromyalgia symptoms are still here, and I’ve been not only struggling with how to deal with those symptoms while caring for an active infant who’s in about the 95th percentile for size. I’ve also been struggling with feeling like a liar and a fraud. Do I need an asterisk by every interview I’ve done and every article I’ve written about my health journey?
Honoring the Goodness of the Body When Yours Feels Broken
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?