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Charla is a life-long Catholic, married since 1995. She has three children who attend Catholic school and university. Charla has been teaching high school English literature at the same Catholic high school she attended for over 15 years. She has Bachelor of Arts degrees in English, Latin American Studies, and Secondary Education, as well as a Masters degree in Education. Charla has served as a lector and Eucharistic minister at her parish and school. She enjoys reading, cooking, running, and all activities involving her children. Her special devotions are to the Blessed Mother, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Alexandria, and the Holy Rosary.

The Picture of Dorian Gray – a Catholic novel?

I teach a high school literature course and one of the texts that is a favorite of students and a favorite of mine is The Picture ofRead more »

You Cannot Have It All

No, you cannot have it all. This has been such a disappointing revelation for me. I was raised so idealistically, believing that if I hadRead more »

When I am overwhelmed…

There are many ways in which we all deal with stress, we all experience that feeling that life is just too much and the feeling ofRead more »

Old and Pregnant

I have known so many women who have experienced pregnancy loss and miscarriage. I never in a million years thought I would be one of them.Read more »

Patience, please.

I once went to Confession years ago, and as I divulged my many transgressions, I still felt helpless. Typically, I am at peace and have aRead more »

The Magnificat– a prayer of trust

The Magnificat My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowlyRead more »

To Everything There Is a Season…

When our children are young, parenting seems so difficult sometimes. Deciphering each cry our baby makes–  hunger? dirty diaper?Read more »

Real Men

I love men. I love real men—men of chivalry and honor, men who are enabled to embrace their masculinity. In a very sad way, we have aRead more »

Fear of Mortality

A string of recent celebrity demises has struck many fans profoundly. It is shocking, tragic, and downright sad when we think that icons ofRead more »

I am not brave.

Have you ever watched movies about heroic feats and actions of larger than life individuals who defeat the odds, brave adversity, andRead more »

I am mad at God.

I am mad at God. Am I even allowed to be mad at God? Doesn’t that seem quite heretical? I love Him, with every fiber of my being, but I amRead more »

On being a Catholic school teacher

I have been in Catholic education since 1996– actually since 1977, when I started first grade at St. Mary’s Catholic School andRead more »

I left my heart… at the university.

My eldest son is entering an out of state college this fall. This is a moment we have all been dreaming about. He is anticipating theRead more »

Catholic Poetry

There are many things I love and one of them is poetry. I make my living and serve my vocation as an English teacher. My faith, however, isRead more »

Sweet Sacrifice

I asked my eight year old daughter what she thought sacrifice meant.  She gave me a great answer: “It means giving up somethingRead more »

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