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?”

God Bless America

There is a famine in America. Not a famine of food, but of love, truth, and life. St. Teresa of Calcutta Tomorrow is the 4th of July, which entails a day of cookouts, yard games, fireworks, and family fun to celebrate America’s independence. We often hear the cliches that America is the best country inContinue reading “God Bless America”

The Power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return. Pope Leo XIII For as long as I can remember, I’ve been surrounded by images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At home and in my little Catholic Elementary Schools,Continue reading “The Power of the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

The Secret to Intimacy with Jesus Christ

“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” John 6:51 I feel closest to Jesus in the moments after I receive him in the Eucharist. As I kneel in silence,Continue reading “The Secret to Intimacy with Jesus Christ”

Why I Don’t Understand the Mystery of the Holy Trinity

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God who is and who was and who is yet to come. Revelation 1:8 I want to write a blog post for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, but I feel like I’m not qualified. It seems like I have more questions about theContinue reading “Why I Don’t Understand the Mystery of the Holy Trinity”

How We Participate in Pentecost

They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. Acts 2:3-4 I sometimes think about getting a small, black-line minimalist tattoo of a flame.Continue reading “How We Participate in Pentecost”

With You Always: A Reflection on the Ascension of Our Lord

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age. Matthew 28:20 I love to imagine what it would be like to witness events like these firsthand. When I meditate on the Transfiguration, the Resurrection, and the Ascension, I like to picture myself there and think of what I would see andContinue reading “With You Always: A Reflection on the Ascension of Our Lord”

How to Receive Divine Mercy this Sunday

Eternal Father, I offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. Diary, 476 When Jesus appeared to St. Faustina, he told her that he desired the Sunday following Easter Sunday dedicated to his DivineContinue reading “How to Receive Divine Mercy this Sunday”

The Day the Lord has Made

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. Psalm 118:24 I have beautiful memories about every Easter Sunday that I can remember. Among pretty dresses, chocolate crosses, and the best Mass of the year, I vividly remember singing Psalm 118. Psalm 118 is one that’s so close to myContinue reading “The Day the Lord has Made”

Sharing in the Last Supper

“For this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:28 I think it’s safe to say that we’ve all been missing the Eucharist lately. Especially today, I’m longing for the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus. My heart is breaking becauseContinue reading “Sharing in the Last Supper”