Eucharist and the Virtue of Charity

Love is often misconstrued in our culture. We use the same word to describe our fondness for coffee, our favorite book, our dearest friends and family members. In relationships, love is reduced to a feeling, often bound up in lust. For some, love only exists in fairy tales, because of the hurt, betrayal, and pain [...]

Confirmation and the Virtue of Fortitude

When I was 17, I had to get blood drawn. My mom went with me, and the phlebotomist happened to be an old acquaintance of hers. Making small talk, my mom asked the phlebotomist how her daughters were. She mentioned that one of her daughters was going through Confirmation, albeit reluctantly, and that she was [...]

Baptism and the Virtue of Faith

As a young girl, I always loved the Sundays when a Baptism took place in the context of the Mass. There were many reasons I found Baptisms captivating; for starters, they punctuated our usual Sunday routine with something out of the ordinary. But more than that, I was drawn up into the joy and the [...]

Pondering Life in the New Year

Every New Year’s Eve, my family attends Mass at St. Joseph or Sacred Heart Church. As a child, I always thought this was another one of my family's traditions - a way of welcoming and ushering in the new year. Only later in life did I realize that this tradition was much more profound and [...]

Jesus is Coming

Today is the beginning of Advent, the start of a new liturgical year. It is a time of preparation, hope, and joy for the past — as we prepare to remember and celebrate the birth of our Savior on Christmas; for the present — as we learn to receive  Jesus who is made known to [...]

The Art of Giving Thanks

If you were to ask me what I associate with the word “thanksgiving,” the first image that would pop into my mind is one that involved a delicious meal, family, pies, a crackling fire, fall leaves and darkening days. If you put “thanksgiving” into Google images or Pinterest, you are greeted with visions of script [...]

How St. Therese’s ‘Little Way’ Can Help a Hurting World

In a hurting world, which desperately needs to encounter God’s love and mercy, it can be overwhelming to think of what we can possibly do to make a difference. It may be tempting to become detached to the suffering around us; certainly, it is easier on the heart. Yet, if we are truly seeking to [...]

The Sound of Silence 

The other night, my family was sitting on the porch, talking about whether or not we could live in a place where it was summer year round. “But,” my dad contested, “there’s something so peaceful about the world after a snow storm.” Despite it being August, my mind drifted to that scene:   Snow falls, encapsulating [...]

The Sacred Heart of Jesus: Changing Our Hearts of Stone

Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. ~ Ezekiel 36:26~ Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, a recognition of the humanity and divinity [...]

To Lay Down One’s Life

There’s a scene from Thorton Wilder’s Our Town in which Emily (a young woman in her early twenties who has just died in childbirth) is given the opportunity to go back and observe one day of her life. She decides to return her twelfth birthday. The agreement is that she cannot alter the day, only experience it [...]