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).
Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, was a philosopher, teacher, academic and then Carmelite nun. Born to a German Jewish family on Yom Kippur in 1891, she fell away from religion as a teenager, studied philosophy under phenomenologist Edmund Husserl, and converted to Catholicism after discovering (and staying up all … Continue reading 13 Things Edith Stein Could Have Written Today
Full disclosure: I am about to rave about a conference held by a website for which I am a contributing writer. Hopefully, that doesn't diminish my credibility; the only thing that would have changed had I experienced the 2019 FemCatholic Conference not as a FemCatholic contributing writer is that I wouldn't have experienced the feeling of pride … Continue reading 5 Takeaways from the First Annual FemCatholic Conference
The Little Way, said St. Therese of Lisieux, is "the way of spiritual childhood, the way of trust and absolute surrender." For a child who wanted nothing more than to be a grown-up, it's strange that, at the age of 13, I chose the doctor of spiritual childhood as my patron saint, my Confirmation name … Continue reading What the Little Way Means to Me
I have always wanted to do great things. Yet, since childhood, my two favorite saints have ones who preached doing small things: St. Therese of Lisieux and Mother Teresa (who wasn't a saint when I was a child but was a hero of mine). Therese is known for her "Little Way," a practice that imbues … Continue reading Small Things, Great Love
It's impossible to find a silver lining in this week's news that a Pennsylvania grand jury accused over 300 priests of abusing about 1,000 people over the course of 70 years. But for better or worse, I'm an idealist, so I always look for a silver lining. And without discounting the evil that was uncovered … Continue reading To Those Who Feel Angry With the Catholic Church