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In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

John 16:33

To Feel _____ is a Blessing

On an unexpectedly cold fall day, a gust of wind blew across my face, jostling my scarf in its tumultuous path.  And for that, I was thankful. Thankful to be able to feel.  Thankful for my scarf.  Thankful that I was less than 100 feet away from a warm apartment. ...

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

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

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

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

“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

"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

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

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

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...
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...

Choosing Greatness

Choosing Greatness

The heart of the Christian life is intimacy with Christ on the cross. ​ This past weekend I went...

He Saw Her

He Saw Her

When I started watching the first few seasons of Downton Abbey in the early 2010s, I remember...

In the Orangery

In the Orangery

“Jesus, I surrender myself to you - take care of everything.”⁣ ⁣// The Surrender Novena⁣⁣I come...

Called by Name

Called by Name

I was talking with a friend recently about a conversation she had with a religious sister about...

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