In August, I had the privilege and pleasure of pre-reading a book about Blessed Margaret of Castello — excuse me, Saint Margaret of Castello. Through a process I’m calling “What … Continue Reading Books and Veils
Why should you love your neighbor? Many may reply, “Because God told you to do so. It’s in the Bible.” Although this is a true answer, those of us who … Continue Reading Love Your Neighbor?
Saints intercede to bring about miraculous cures for people with disabilities — they don’t have disabilities themselves. Right? Wrong. “It’s not like people with disabilities are usually known for feeding … Continue Reading Saints with Disabilities
“Not my will.” How many times have I desperately longed for my life of progressive disability to be different? For countless hours upon hours I have agonized, with teenaged hormones … Continue Reading Agony
A moment of beauty and truth. Still taking my online enrichment course on evolution and human dignity while also busy with the marketing of my book (gulp), this week’s reflection … Continue Reading Beautiful and Unchangeable
When a person dies, we may try to comfort the family and friends who are mourning by telling them that the person has gone to a better place. This isn’t … Continue Reading A Better Place?
In this post for the first Monday of the month, I’m sharing from a newly discovered blog called, “The Myth Retold: finding beauty in the every day.” This past Sunday’s … Continue Reading What Is Keeping Me from Sainthood
My poor classmates. Before writing my final assignment for the online course I’m taking on ecclesiology, I decided to write a kind of summation of what I had learned. Then, … Continue Reading Always and Everywhere
Today is the Solemnity of All Saints, or All Saints Day. That word “Solemnity” does rather make us think of somber and serious things, but serious, vitally important things do … Continue Reading Favorite Saints Who Love Earth
I have friends who sense the presence of angels and Saints praying for them in their hour of need. For my part, I admit that I’ve never been one to … Continue Reading Heaven Is Praying for You
Thomas was picked on by his classmates. Because he was big and quiet, they thought that he was developmentally delayed and called him a dumb ox. But, his teacher saw … Continue Reading The Beauty of Both/And: Thomas Aquinas
Do you pray silently before receiving Communion or afterward? What do you pray? After receiving Christ in the Eucharist, my prayer is intimately personal. Not always grand or uplifting, that’s … Continue Reading The Humility of God and Holy Communion
Christian humility and charity are neither timid nor sappy – they are a radical recognition, a bold transformation of life: Metanoia. Yesterday was the Feast Day of the patron saint … Continue Reading Words to Live By
After I had chosen, intellectually, to become a Christian, but way before I had embraced Christ in my heart, a priest told me that I was a saint maker. And … Continue Reading For the Feast of All Hallows: The Saint Maker
Enough said: “But your eyes are blessed, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. Truly, I’m telling you, many prophets and righteous men longed to see … Continue Reading How Good We Have It
What is a joyful Catholic? What is a joyful Christian? Let the answer not be: “a rarity”. A joyful Christian is not someone who dwells in fear, mistrust, and misgivings. … Continue Reading Mercy Is Joy or It Is Nothing