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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.


1)            GO TO MASS Most parishes offer at least one community Mass onRead more »

Strategies to Battle Spiritual Dry Spells

I will admit it.  I am suffering from a dry spell.  I feel like I am just going through the motions when it comes to my spiritual life. Read more »

Five Things That Make Me Happy

There are several “givens” when it comes to happiness: my husband and my kids, my family, but I want to talk about the other gifts that GodRead more »

A Time For Every Event Under Heaven

My oldest son is graduating from high school tomorrow. Tonight is Baccalaureate Mass.  The feelings that have arisen in me are perplexing. Read more »

Instructing the Ignorant

Welcome to the series “You did it to me” where we will be discussing the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. This will be aRead more »

Luck of the Irish

The secular world LOVES St. Patrick. His feast day is the focus of many celebrations, chiefly involving green beer and wearing greenRead more »

But for the Grace of God

“Because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, for this reason, to keep me from exalting myself, there was given me a thorn inRead more »

Search me, O God, and know my heart…

This story happened to me several months ago; for some reason I wrote it all down.  I am still not quite sure why, but as time has passed,Read more »

Tis the Season for weight loss?

This is probably the wrong time to broach the subject of weight.  Advent and with Christmas time is not when we want to think about losingRead more »

First Communion, Every Communion

On All Saints Day, my lovely eight year old daughter received her First Holy Communion. I have been preparing for this day since the dayRead more »

When Life Gets Old

Isabel, ninety years old, bed-ridden, unintelligible, unable to communicate, afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. This is myRead more »

Back-to-School Blues

It is that time of year, when most of us are going back to school. The start of the school year affects most people in one way or another.Read more »


This is the seventh of a series of posts reflecting line-by-line on the Anima Christi. Within Thy wounds hide me. In other words, give meRead more »

Diligent Woman

A Valiant Woman uses her time wisely. She works diligently to complete her daily tasks. She does not spend time dwelling on those thingsRead more »

When a friend no longer loves you…

About nine years ago, a person who I thought was my best friend, a lifelong friend of 21 years at the time, came over to my house with aRead more »

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