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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.

Do You Believe in Magic?

Magic is defined by inexplicability and the seeming impossible is possible. Mystery is the unknowable. One of the aspects of CatholicismRead more »

Why Mary is Ten Times the Mother I Will Ever Be…

Like most Catholic moms, I aspire to emulate the Blessed Mother in all that I do and all that I am. That is a daunting task, but one thatRead more »

I give up!

This Lent has been a particularly fruitful time for me. I cannot remember another one in recent memory when I have remained so focused onRead more »

7 Quick Takes: Meatless Meals

SEVEN QUICK TAKES: LENTEN MEATLESS MEALS — no pasta, no seafood

Part of the Catholic family’s dilemma every Lent is what to eat on Fridays. There are some who stay faithful to no meat every FridayRead more »

Trust in the Lord: the Stages

Trust is an incredibly loaded word. It is an integral aspect of our daily physical and spiritual and emotional lives, and as Catholics, weRead more »

“Speak Lord for your servant is listening.”

When I was a little girl, I remember my mother reading the Bible story of Samuel to me. I placed myself in his position, hearing my nameRead more »

The Paradox of Motherhood

The Feast of the Solemnity of the Blessed Mother, a Holy Day of Obligation, is celebrated on January 1.  At Mass that morning, IRead more »

My Novena Habit

I have a confession to make: I am addicted to Novenas.  I just most recently completed the Novena to the Immaculate Conception, and I amRead more »

Preparing for All Saints’ Day

As each of my kids approached mid-fall of their second grade year, an excitement comes over me in anticipation of the Saint project!  MyRead more »

Charity—the Word on the street…

I had just had dinner with my husband at a restaurant near our local university.  They happen to serve huge portions, so I divided my mealRead more »

Love is Patient, Love is Wise

I am a wife, mother, and teacher.  Patience is probably the most important requirement of all my vocations, but it is also my greatestRead more »

Mothers Matter

I do not live in Texas, but I am keeping up with the recent events unfolding in the Texas Legislature.  I have listened to the arguments onRead more »

Women with a purpose

“The woman is at the heart of the home. Let us pray that we women realize the reason for our existence: to love and be loved and throughRead more »

What Are We Afraid Of?

I have been asking myself this question after having lost several relatives in the past year.  My paternal grandmother died last January atRead more »

Forgive and Forget? To Forgive is Divine?

There are so many clichés when it comes to forgiving and forgiveness, probably because it is such a common experience and desiredRead more »

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