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On Motherhood: Neither Catholic nor Secular

The question of vocation has always been a looming question for Catholics. And I mean vocation with the capital “V”. In college, this was...

Like a Butterfly, part 2

This is a continuation of yesterday's piece from Rachel. In my mom’s words to me about a year before her passing (as quoted in...

Giving Up Manna

Today's Readings I wonder what manna tastes like. Did it start off as deeply satisfying, as if nothing could ever taste as good? How...

When Your Nets Become Heavy

Today's Readings In January 2019, my husband and I knew we were ready for a change. We wanted another child and we were ready for new...

Introducing Wisdom's Voice

Introducing Wisdom's Voice, an initiative within Wisdom's Dwelling where women reflect on the weekday readings with the purpose of...

Save Us From Ourselves, O Lord

Today's Readings Our Advent longing and waiting enters the final week today. As Christmas Day is next Saturday, this year we get to...

By Your Pupils You'll Be Taught

Today's Readings By the time these words are posted, it will have been just over two weeks since the death of Stephen Sondheim, the...

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...

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!...

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...

Kicking to the Surface

I had someone ask me not long ago why I decided to take medication for my mental health. I was already in therapy. Why did I suddenly...

Misery Met by Mercy

Today is the feast of St. Maria Faustina Kowalska. This young woman lived an incredibly simple, ordinary life. In the midst of that life,...

Call Me Ezer

I find that most people are confused by me. “Hold on, you’re a Catholic campus minister,” they reply after I’ve introduced myself, “and...

Keeping Up with the Joneses

Today's Readings We just spent a chunk of money on our lawn. We update and upgrade our various electronic devices. We spend money and...

Make Way for Something New

I measure the seasons by my notebook of grocery lists. Cold salads, watermelon gazpacho, grilled vegetables and meats have been...

The Ever-Changing Waves in Our Lives

If you are a person living on Earth, especially in the last year and a half, then at some point in time you have experienced change in...