5 Secrets to Praying Every Day

When I was really little, Mom taught me how to pray. Before I went to bed each night, we sat in my bedroom to pray an Our Father and a Hail Mary. She taught me how to tell God what I’m thankful for, and how to pray for others. With our nightly prayers, my momContinue reading “5 Secrets to Praying Every Day”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 17, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here. When I read the Gospels, I remember that we’re Jesus’ disciples. Because Scripture is alive and we’re followers of Christ, when Jesus speaks to His disciples in the Gospels, He’s talking to us. Of course we can relate to the people in the Bible, butContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 17, 2021”

What is Moral Authority?

The Big Girls in the Dance StudioWhen I was a little dancer, I looked up to the “big girls” at my studio. I wanted to be just like the girls who helped my instructors teach my dance classes. They were beautiful dancers, but they were also kind, smart, and fun to be around. These girlsContinue reading “What is Moral Authority?”

St. Vitalis of Gaza

Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Matthew 5:11 MisunderstoodI think we all know how it feels to be misunderstood. No matter the reason why, knowing that those around us don’t understand us makes us feel frustrated, disheartened, and most ofContinue reading “St. Vitalis of Gaza”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 10, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here. I was born on March 4, 1998, but I was born again later that month. On March 22, 1998, I was Baptized at St. Stephen’s Parish and I entered the Church. Although I don’t remember it because I was one month old, it was theContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 10, 2021”

How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021

Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? Isaiah 43:19 Can you believe that it’s 2021 already? Now that the new year is here, you might be setting resolutions and intentions for 2021. I prefer to use the term “goals” instead of “resolutions” because I feel likeContinue reading “How to Set Spiritual Goals in 2021”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 3, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here. When I was little, I remember seeing saying “Wise men still seek him” printed on Christmas cards and decorations. At the time, I thought it was a clever way to “keep Christ in Christmas,” as they say. I found myself remembering that saying every ChristmasContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 3, 2021”

My Spiritual Annual Report

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 God’s View of 2020One of my favorite hobbies is planning. I love to pick out a cute planner (or four) at the beginning of the year, decorate the weekly pages with cute stickers and washi, and write in my plans with colorfulContinue reading “My Spiritual Annual Report”

This Sunday’s Gospel: December 27, 2020

For this Sunday’s Gospel and the other Mass readings, click here. The images of the Holy Family that I grew up around were of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus huddled together, as if Joseph were holding Mary and Jesus close to him. I think these images speak to how close the Holy Family was. As weContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: December 27, 2020”

Will You be Home for Christmas?

What Christmas Looks Like This YearFor Christmas this year, Nathan and I will get to visit my family and his, like we did for Thanksgiving. We’re really blessed that we’re able to make these visits happen, and they’re really important to us because we don’t get to see our families in Pennsylvania often now thatContinue reading “Will You be Home for Christmas?”