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The Gift of Presence

Since I finished my undergraduate degree almost nine years ago, I have moved a lot. Across four cities, seven apartments, and six...

Caught in the Ethereal

The vibrant colors and varied faces of a Diego Rivera mural provided the background to the story of Saint Juan Digeo and Our Lady of...

How Can This Be?

Like many Catholic women, my relationship with Mary has had its ups and downs. Growing up, women are so often told to idolize Mary and...

To Hear and Bear the Word

The Gospel for the vigil mass of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is only a few lines from Luke, chapter 11,...

Adorning the Sanctuaries of our Savior

For the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore As released white rose petals melt from on high, More than our eyes look up to the sky. Needs...

The Virtue of Patience

Today's Readings This week, Jessica reminds us to remember patience.

Speaking with Joy

Feast of the Visitation It is an intimate thing to tell someone you’re pregnant. Whatever road you took to find you are pregnant, it can...

Mother Mary

Today's Readings Jessica invites us to remember Mary as our intercessor.

The Act of Breathing

Bernadette Soubirous suffered from asthma; she spent her life struggling to breathe. When I was reflecting on the life of this saint,...

The Day the Sky Turned Dark

Today's Readings Good Friday has always seemed to me anything but good. The day the Son of God died, the day the sky turned dark, the day...

Following Our Headlights

To be transparent, I can easily take for granted what is happening in Luke’s telling of the Annunciation today. It’s a story I’ve heard...

Never the Same Again

Today's Readings My first child, Matthew, was born 2 days before Thanksgiving 1989. I had no idea what I was doing. The physical,...

The Milk Grotto

Today's Readings We left the Church of the Nativity and stepped out into the bright sunshine. It was a few minute walk through winding,...

Peace in the Chaos

While visiting the Church of the Nativity in September, I was stuck by the chaos-the un-orderly crowds pushing forward, the elbows, and...

Our Lady of Guadalupe

The first time I visited Our Lady of Guadalupe’s Shrine in Mexico I was 18 – that was almost thirty years ago. I’m not even sure how many...

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

The Immaculate Conception teaches us that Mary was conceived without sin and never sinned. God had set her aside. We know this because of...

Freedom to Surrender

I don’t know how I began choosing a word of the year several years ago. Most likely it was in the golden age of blogging and I stumbled...

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