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“And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age”

Matthew 28:20

To Hear God Anew

To Hear God Anew

Letting God in on our decisions is SO important, and there are so many decisions we have to make in this long (yet short, compared to our time in heaven) life of ours….. Whom should we marry?Where should we live?Where should we work?How many children do we want?When...

The Strength of Surrender

The Strength of Surrender

I grew up an athlete in Chicago, and to say that I am competitive? That would be an understatement. My six siblings and I are naturally competitive. I was particularly driven to succeed in every aspect of life, whether it was school, work, sports, family, or...

Choosing Greatness

Choosing Greatness

The heart of the Christian life is intimacy with Christ on the cross. ​ This past weekend I went on silent retreat, and throughout it all, the words of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI came back again and again: ​ “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for...

He Saw Her

He Saw Her

When I started watching the first few seasons of Downton Abbey in the early 2010s, I remember being struck by Lady Mary’s composure and her reserve.  I, by contrast, have always tended to wear my heart on my sleeve. As a consequence, this often made me the target of...

In the Orangery

In the Orangery

“Jesus, I surrender myself to you - take care of everything.”⁣ ⁣// The Surrender Novena⁣⁣I come back often to this place, one of my favorites in DC. It the “orangery” of the famous Dumbarton mansion in Georgetown. When it gets cold, the flowers and citrus plants from...

The Unpopular Virtue

The Unpopular Virtue

"Chastity is the most unpopular of the Christian virtues. There is no getting away from it; the Christian rule is, ‘Either marriage, with complete faithfulness to your partner, or else total abstinence.’ Now this is so difficult and so contrary to our instincts, that...

A Weekly Pilgrimage

A Weekly Pilgrimage

Have you ever had a profound conversation in the most mundane place? God can work anywhere.   I was at the hair salon and I pulled out a rosary to pray as my hair dye set in. Jesus had other plans because as soon as the hairdresser saw it, he immediately asked me...

How Tithing is Teaching me to Trust God

How Tithing is Teaching me to Trust God

At the beginning of each new year, I, like many of my friends, choose a Word of the Year. Essentially, it’s word or phrase intended to capture a vision for the year ahead – what I want to focus on or where I feel called to grow.   Toward the end of 2019, I started...

The COVID Contemplatives

The COVID Contemplatives

We are in the midst of a pandemic. It has uprooted just about every facet of our lives, and we are still adjusting to this new normal. What does this mean for our spiritual lives? How are we to strive for sainthood when we can sometimes barely even plan our meals for...

Praying to a Quiet God

Praying to a Quiet God

As far as I can tell, I have never been directly spoken to by any form of divinity. God is very, very quiet with me.    God does not flip open my Bible and highlight the Scripture I should read in times of crisis. God does not respond to my questions of suffering with...

The Beatles, Surrender, and Cantio Divina

The Beatles, Surrender, and Cantio Divina

Full disclosure: the first time I went to Adoration, I was a mess: excited, anxious, and not fully sure I believed in how transformative it was supposed to be. I spent the entire afternoon researching what exactly I was supposed to do when I got there--I mean, do you...

When can I stop discerning and start doing?

When can I stop discerning and start doing?

"When can I stop discerning and start doing?" Do you ever get stuck in the cycle of discernment, looking for a sign or some roses or a billboard that will tell you which way to go (ps if you want to hear an epic story about that rose⬆️, send me message!)? ⁣⁣⁣⁣If...

September Liturgical Living

September Liturgical Living

 Week of August 30 - September 5 Begin the novena to Our Lady of Good Health on August 30th. Whether for victims of coronavirus, ailing family members or friends, or your own mental health, good health is a true privilege. Let’s entrust our intentions to Mary today. ...

Called by Name

Called by Name

I was talking with a friend recently about a conversation she had with a religious sister about her name. They happened to share the same Baptismal name. The sister said she felt that the name she received at the profession of her first vows was not a replacement of...

Eyelash to Eyelash

Eyelash to Eyelash

 Last month, my mother spent 3+ weeks in two hospitals with a rare autoimmune condition. The beast wreaked havoc on her arteries and organs, inflicting so much pain and damage that one of her doctors told us last week, she’s a “miracle.” Mama’s road to recovery could...

Five Things I Wish I Knew When Starting my First Job

Five Things I Wish I Knew When Starting my First Job

Starting a your first post-grad job? Feeling nervous/excited/ready/unsure? I've been there, and I've learned a lot along the way! Here are five things I wish I knew when starting my first job:   1. You're here to learn how to work   In my opinion, our first...

5 Tips to Transform Your Next Interview

5 Tips to Transform Your Next Interview

I recently started a new job (!!) at the Atlantic Council, the culmination of three years of hard work and prayer (more like begging) for a career that would fulfill me, excite me, and allow me to make a difference. Unfortunately along the way, writing cover letter...

Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown

Ever since I was young, I have felt pressure to be successful and work in a practical and lucrative industry.  I am an immigrant - and the daughter of an immigrant - so the expectation for me  to succeed and honor the sacrifices that my parents made to come to the...

The Joy List

The Joy List

Today I was walking around my neighborhood and came across a house that was fully decked out for Halloween. It was the whole shebang: cobwebs on the fence, skeleton ghost in the tree, and a black cat on the front door. I couldn't help but think - isn't it a little too...

August Liturgical Living

August Liturgical Living

August Liturgical Living   Weeks of August 1 - August 8 The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Spend some time this month inviting Mary into your every day, whether that’s thinking of her when you do the dishes (how did she survive...

Setting Boundaries at Work

Setting Boundaries at Work

Spoiler alert: the only person who has the ability to set and enforce your boundaries is you.   I remember starting a job where I felt like I needed to be ON 24/7. At first, it was exciting. I was always on call, always needed, always in on the action. But after...

Don’t Be Shark Bait

Don’t Be Shark Bait

In 2017, my youngest brother, Cooper, and I went through a SCUBA diving certification course together. We sat through classes and took quizzes. Four days in, we were beyond ready to drop the pencils and get in the water. But even though we passed those tests with...

Get Your Learning On

Get Your Learning On

Today’s #WorkWellWednesday is all about online courses!⁣ ⁣ When I realized that we’d probably be in this for a longer haul, I started to think about how I’d like to spend my summer quarantine weekends and hours saved from commuting into my office. I saw some people...

The Glory and The Garden

The Glory and The Garden

The Transfiguration pulled me in this morning (Matthew 17:1-8). As I was reading through the notes, I learned that this was not the only time that Jesus takes Peter, James, and John apart to pray with Him in scripture. He invites them to do so again: in the Garden of...

Letting Good Things Bloom

Letting Good Things Bloom

“There’s no shame in needing to let things go.”   I can’t tell you how many times I’ve needed to remind myself of this fact. I’ve always been able to recognize when a relationship or friendship has served its purpose, and when it was time to move on. However,...

Goodness in the Pandemic

Goodness in the Pandemic

A mere five months ago, the streets of DC were bustling with busy Washingtonians rushing from work to networking events to happy hours, squeezing in workout sessions at Orange Theory, and strictly 45 minute coffee meet ups.  Conversations with passersby whom you...

Feeling Stuck

Feeling Stuck

It's #workwellwednesday, and this week's topic is one I've been messaged about for weeks:⁣ ⁣ Stuck-ness.⁣ ⁣ We're going on month four of Quarantine, with virtually no end in sight. For months, we've worked away in our homes, sitting on Zoom meetings and trying to...

Wisdom from the Epitaphs

Wisdom from the Epitaphs

Every once in a while I find myself wandering into a cemetery. ​ DC is littered with them. Every few blocks, a gate springs up protecting the resting place of 19th and 20th century doctors, politicians, and pioneers who were among the first to build up this city and...

The Hunger for God

The Hunger for God

I know what it’s like to struggle with habitual mortal sin. I know what it’s like to justify it, play it off and keep the shame locked inside.   When I was 14, in my last month of eight grade at my small Catholic school where I had been since I was 9, I was...

Love and the Long Loneliness

Love and the Long Loneliness

Growing up, being Catholic was pretty easy-- I went to Catholic schools, my family was Catholic, and many of my neighbors were either Christian or Catholic. I attended a Catholic college, where nearly every building on campus had a chapel in it. To be Catholic was...

Three Books Every 20-Something Needs to Read

Three Books Every 20-Something Needs to Read

Please note - this piece contains affiliate links. Your purchase will help support the work of The SundayMonday. After graduating college and starting my first job in 2017, I was faced with an unsettling question: Now what?   I had walked the path, I had earned a...

He Made You for More

He Made You for More

In a two-week period this winter, I went from looking at engagement rings and picking a wedding date to single and searching.   Not for a man, but for a lost identity. For most of 2019, I struggled with despair and general blech. Circumstances at work and in my...

Finding Purpose at Work through Efficacy Projects

Finding Purpose at Work through Efficacy Projects

The most common reason that many of us struggle with finding meaningful work is because we lack something called efficacy. Efficacy is having "the ability to produce a desired or intended result." I.e.; you can set a goal, create a plan and achieve it. You have a...

July Liturgical Living

July Liturgical Living

July Liturgical Living   Welcome to our monthly installment of Liturgical Living! Below, find a few simple tips to help you live your faith year-round and celebrate the little things:    Week of June 28-July 4 June 29 is the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. St....

The Perfect Toolset

The Perfect Toolset

I believe that success is found when we discover our unique, personal charisms and use them to serve others. For a long time, I thought that saintly success had to mirror the deep poverty, endless charity, and exhausting hardships of our greatest saints. For example,...

Is it Prideful to Ask for a Raise?

Is it Prideful to Ask for a Raise?

 Is it prideful to ask for a raise?⁣⁣Our faith teaches us to be humble, grateful, and peaceful. The idea of asking for a raise, which necessitates confidence in our value and assertion of our needs, can seem counter to these values. But is it?⁣⁣The Lord commands us to...

A Lesson in Humility at Trader Joe’s

A Lesson in Humility at Trader Joe’s

A few months after graduating college, I was in a downward spiral. I had completed an incredible internship researching, writing, and editing speeches for the Vice President of the United States, but no other employers seemed to care. No matter how many jobs I applied...

Facing Spiritual Attack

Facing Spiritual Attack

“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - Charles Baudelaire My very favorite author of all time is C.S. Lewis. Clive Staples has written countless classics, but among them is a true treasure everyone should read: The...

I Lost My Job During COVID-19

I Lost My Job During COVID-19

Most Mondays are a struggle for me. I either find myself snoozing the alarm one too many times or turning it off completely and sprinting down the hill to my WeWork office to make up for lost time.  But this Monday was different. Instead of waking up in my 7’x7’ San...

10 Minute Prayer Challenge

10 Minute Prayer Challenge

Praying is hard. The actual act of praying - being completely enveloped in the Holy Spirit, filled with peace, resting in the Word - that's beautiful. Sometimes, it's easy to fall into the arms of God and rest with Him. Sometimes (more often, at least for me) it's a...

Rethinking “Follow your Passion!”

Rethinking “Follow your Passion!”

Just before graduating from college, I was convinced I had a foolproof career plan. My plan was to aggressively pursue a job in publishing, what I deemed my impossible dream job. Since it was unlikely that God would open those doors for me right off the bat, then I...

Made for the Infinite

Made for the Infinite

How do you define success?   Podcasts explore it. Experts debate it. My friends and I often fall into circuitous discussions, trying to untangle a word that has so many of us chasing mirages that move as soon as we get close.    This Defining Success series...

Living Order in Chaos

Living Order in Chaos

What does it mean to live order - especially in a world where so much is available at our fingertips, boundaries are fading and almost nonexistent, and comfort is so much more attainable than greatness?   Living order in daily life is hard. Living order in the time of...

Liturgical Living – June 2020

Liturgical Living – June 2020

Week of May 31 - June 6 Welcome to our weekly installment of Liturgical Living! It can be so easy to only focus on Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. As we prepare to move into Ordinary Time, let’s not forget all the beautiful celebrations and reminders of our...

June Liturgical Living

June Liturgical Living

  Week of May 31 - June 6   Welcome to our weekly installment of Liturgical Living! It can be so easy to only focus on Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter. As we prepare to move into Ordinary Time, let’s not forget all the beautiful celebrations and...

Learning Surrender from Lemons

Learning Surrender from Lemons

When life hands me lemons, just about the last thing I want to hear is make lemonade. It feels trite. How could watering down the problem and masking the bitterness with sugar or artificial sweetener possibly be a good solution? You see, I never wanted this lemon in...

Come as You Are

Come as You Are

When I felt God calling me to become a missionary after college, I was convinced He had the wrong girl. Some wires must have gotten crossed somewhere, I thought. But, after I said “yes” and took a leap of faith to see where He would lead me, God continued to find ways...

Stalked by St. Joseph

Stalked by St. Joseph

When I was a little girl, every time I prayed the “Our Father,” I thought of St. Joseph. I often struggled to remember that the prayer was about our Heavenly Father, and not the pleasant-faced man whose statue stood on the right side of my church growing up—St. Joseph...

The Boulder Prayer

The Boulder Prayer

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30   We live...

Discipline

Discipline

“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose...

Can I Quit?

Can I Quit?

We swim in a sea of instant gratification. When we are hungry, tired, or bored, our satisfaction is just a few clicks away. It doesn’t take too long to satisfy our cravings, and we’ve grown used to this cycle of longing, taking action, and addressing every need with a...

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