LIFE

I have come so that they might have life, and have it abundantly.

Matthew 10:10

An Extrovert’s Guide to Finding Community

In the aftermath of a cannonball shattering his leg in battle, St. Ignatius of Loyola was lying in bed and wondering if he would ever walk again. Was his lifelong dream to lead an army into battle gone forever?    While lying in bed, St. Ignatius was brought two...

Finding Peace with Food this Holiday Season

  Yesterday was Thanksgiving. I enjoyed the day with my family – whipping up apple crumble, sautéing green beans and enjoying a meal with all six of us around the table. This morning, I woke up and tried to figure out why it was such a good day. Then, it hit me....

The Pandemic Wedding

Marek and I got engaged in August of 2019. After dating long distance for the last three-and-a-half years, we were ready to start the next chapter of our life. The story behind our engagement is actually pretty funny too (it involved a hurricane.) The military life...

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. ...

Why You Should Choose a Word of the Month

At the beginning of 2020, I ambitiously announced my word of the year: lightheartedness.   I wanted to live more lightly, to hold things more loosely, to experience the highs and the lows with joy. Lighthearted seemed to me a Christlike virtue that so many people...

November 4

I’m not one to make election predictions, but I do predict that on November 4, 2020, we will not know who will be the next president of the United States. I’m worried that our country is not prepared for this kind of non-result in a general election, especially this...

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...

Wayward Buddies: What the graduate school application process taught me about God, discernment, and competition

As fall rapidly approaches and I settle in to begin my first year in my graduate program, I find myself thinking back to this time last year. I was refining my CV, fastidiously researching programs, attending virtual informational sessions, soaking in advice from...

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...
November 4

November 4

I’m not one to make election predictions, but I do predict that on November 4, 2020, we will not...

The Joy List

The Joy List

Today I was walking around my neighborhood and came across a house that was fully decked out for...

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,...

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