When we think of Valentine’s Day, we often think of big romantic gestures. Maybe a candlelit dinner or a gift of roses. The reality is that I have never experienced any of those things. Most Valentine’s Days I have been single. The only exception to … Continue readingNavigating Heartbreak: Novena to St. Valentine
A Confusing Feast On first look, Our Lady of Sorrows is confusing. It’s a whole day, a whole “Feast” Day, devoted to sorrow. How does one celebrate and commemorate sorrow? What’s more, Mary’s the Queen of Heaven, and Heaven’s a place of eternal happiness. How … Continue readingA Space for Grief: A Reflection on Our Lady of Sorrows
When I taught high school theology, it was one of many vocabulary words that students got confused: Assumption, Ascension, Annunciation. To help them remember, I offered a type of mnemonic device. Which vocabulary word is used to describe when Jesus bodily rises to heaven … Continue readingHappy Feast of the Assumption!
Faith’s back curved looked like a slithering snake, 50 degrees, then 48 degrees, and ending with another 28-degree curve. She was facing a very real (and scary) possibility of spine surgery. … Continue readingA Modern Day Miracle
Yet, throughout all of the discouragement and suffering, God carried us. He helped us to survive such traumatic experiences and, over time, healed our broken hearts. … Continue readingWhen Our Lady Reaches Down to Us