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Looking forward to Advent

This weekend starts the season of Advent. We're so excited to have a full schedule of new material to share with you. You'll see the...

Giving Thanks

Today's Readings What would you say is your favorite holiday and why? For me, it has long been Thanksgiving. While I love the beauty and...

The Power of Joyful Music

When I look into the eyes of my youngest niece, Cecelia (Or Cece as my family likes to call her), I can’t help but think of the church's...

Discerning God's Dream

I’ve been Catholic for about eight years, and one of my favorite parts of my journey into the church has been learning about the various...

The Smarty-Pants Saint

I have always love school. From my earliest school experience, I have been excited to start each academic year, eager to gather folders,...

Cultivating Tenderness

Today's Reflection “Don’t smile until Christmas!” This (terrible) piece of advice was given to me and countless other new teachers as we...

Our So-called Military Life

Writing about Veterans’ Day as a military spouse is always a tricky endeavour. Do I go sentimental? Patriotic? As a scholar, writing...

Bits and Pieces

Today's Readings I am the type of personality that does not love the “messy middle” of situations. You know what I mean, that in-between...

Why Are We Here?

Last week I took a vacation from work. I spent it immersed in reviewing years of study and sequestered in a lovely room in my school’s...

This Year, Consider the Requiem

To be honest, I much prefer the Solemnity of All Saints. In the symphony of the liturgical year, All Saints is a joyful march, a...

We Are All Called to Be Saints!

For as long as I can remember every year that I was in church ministry there would be a young child in the front pew at church for All...

Maybe I'm not that bad

Today's Readings The “Golden Rule” is supposed to be simple. 1) Love God, with all of you, 2) love others, as much as you love yourself....

Thérèse, Josephine, Jane, and Me

The first time a therapist used the word trauma to describe my suffering I was stunned. I had just made peace with even going to therapy!...

Persistence

Today's Readings Last week, I procrastinated on a project that, should I have spread out over the course of a month, would have been a...

St. John Paul II: Missionary of Mercy

“There is nothing more man needs than Divine Mercy – that love which is benevolent, which is compassionate, which raises man above his...

Part 2 - Wounded, Scarred, and Radiant

Content Warning: medical trauma, birth trauma, mental health, suicidal ideation This is the second part in a 2-part essay. For the first...

Rearranging Deck Chairs

Today's Readings What do you wish me to do for you? What a remarkable question to be asked by the Son of God, who is not even limited by...

The Patron Saint of Sassy Women

A game I like to play with people sometimes is asking the following question: “If you could be the patron saint of anything, what would...

Boundaries, please!

In March 2020, I was teaching third grade in suburban Chicago. On Friday, March 13th, we were given directions to send home belongings...