Fasting: the Second Pillar of Lent

Fasting as a Pillar of LentIf one of the pillars of Lent was the most widely practiced, I assume that it would be fasting. I always hear people ask, “What are you giving up for Lent?” but I rarely hear people ask, “What are you praying this Lent?” or “How are you giving alms thisContinue reading “Fasting: the Second Pillar of Lent”

Encountering the Glory of Jesus

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The Transfiguration is one of my favorite Gospel readings. I love that Jesus gave Peter, James, and John, the same disciples who would accompany Him in His agony, the gift of witnessing His glory. Every time I hear this reading, I think of how awesomeContinue reading “Encountering the Glory of Jesus”

Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent

What are the three pillars of Lent?Around Lent, I love to talk about the three pillars of Lent for a few reasons. I never knew about them until I was in college. Fr. Adam would give talks about Lent whenever the season started, and he always stressed the three pillars of Lent, which are prayer,Continue reading “Prayer: the First Pillar of Lent”

What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I remember hearing this Gospel reading when I was little, and I always compared the season of Lent to being in the desert. Jesus intentionally took time to pray and fast in the desert, and since we’re called to be like Him, we spend aContinue reading “What Will Happen to Us in the Desert?”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! I love seeing how the different Mass readings connect. In the first reading, we see how lepers were exiled from their community. They would live isolated from everyone else, and when they were around others, they would make sure everyone knew they had leprosy byContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 14, 2021”

A Radiant Love Story

I have found the one who my soul loves. Song of Songs 3:4 A Deep Desire of my HeartFor as long as I can remember, I wanted to get married. When I was little, I would play dress-up as a bride. As I grew up, I mused over the romantic ways that my future husbandContinue reading “A Radiant Love Story”

This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! How often do we thank God and praise Him for answering our prayers or for working in our lives? When we do, what’s the turnaround time? Do we praise Him right away, or do we delay? This Sunday’s Gospel reading gives us an example ofContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: February 7, 2021”

Her Humble “Yes:” Why I’m Doing Fiat 90 Again

Do whatever he tells you John 2:5 Fiat 90 DiscernmentIf I can be honest, I wasn’t sure if I was going to do Fiat 90 again. I thought about only doing Fiat 40. I thought about not doing it at all because I remembered how hard it became as I went on. But I keptContinue reading “Her Humble “Yes:” Why I’m Doing Fiat 90 Again”

This Sunday’s Gospel: January 31, 2021

For this Sunday’s Gospel and other Mass readings, click here! The takeaway that I gained from this Sunday’s Gospel is very simple, yet still profound. Jesus really is the Son of God. If you’re reading this blog, then chances are you believe this. You might think, “Well, obviously He’s the Son of God, Madeline!” TheContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: January 31, 2021”

How Intentional Community is Preparing Me for My Vocation

A Radiant Announcement…If you follow me on Instagram, then you might have seen the “radiant announcement” that I posted a few days ago… Nathan and I are engaged! We knew early on in our relationship that we were both in it for the long haul. We very much dated with the intention of marrying eachContinue reading “How Intentional Community is Preparing Me for My Vocation”