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?”

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”

How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life

Although the repeated Hail Mary is addressed directly to Mary, it is to Jesus that the act of love is ultimately directed, with her and through her. The repetition is nourished by the desire to be conformed ever more completely to Christ. St. John Paul II My First RosaryWhen I learned how to pray theContinue reading “How Our Lady and the Rosary Improved my Prayer Life”

Guardian Angels Aren’t Just for Children

Angel of God, my guardian dear to whom God’s love commits me here. Ever this day be at my side, to light, to guard, to rule, and guide. Amen The Guardian Angel Prayer My First PrayerI feel like when you’re a child, angels are cute and magical, like fairytale creatures. We would want to dressContinue reading “Guardian Angels Aren’t Just for Children”

How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall always be in my mouth. Psalm 34:2 Happy birthday, Radiant with JoyI’m not known for making spontaneous decisions, but I made one a year ago today that I’ll never forget or regret. A year ago, I got my rejection email from FOCUS, and IContinue reading “How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey”

How to Stay Catholic in College

I plead with you–never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid. St. John Paul II You moved into your first college dorm. You hugged your mom and dad goodbye, and you’re on your own for the first time. Now, you’re tasked with making sure you wakeContinue reading “How to Stay Catholic in College”

Confessions of a Catholic Sad Girl

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 When I’m Not JoyfulPeople often tell me that they love how happy and energetic I am. One priest that I knew in college would always say to me, “thank you for your joy.” I love to share my joy with everyone around me.Continue reading “Confessions of a Catholic Sad Girl”

Praying for Patience: St. Monica’s Example of Perseverance and Praying with Expectant Faith

Nothing is far from God. St. Monica The Patron Saint of PatienceThe first thing that I learned about St. Monica is that she’s the mother of St. Augustine. The second thing that I learned about her is that she’s the patron Saint of patience, and it wasn’t hard to figure out why. She was alwaysContinue reading “Praying for Patience: St. Monica’s Example of Perseverance and Praying with Expectant Faith”

More Than Beauty: St. Rose of Lima’s Simple Life

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30 More Than Just a Pretty FaceAs one of my namesakes and patron Saints, St. Rose of Lima is very special to me. Her radically faithful life inspires me to dedicate all that I am andContinue reading “More Than Beauty: St. Rose of Lima’s Simple Life”

Going Where God Leads Me

I am not afraid. I was born to do this. St. Joan of Arc An Unintentional HiatusYou probably noticed that I haven’t been keeping up with my usual posting schedule. This is because I gave myself a break from blogging. I’ve been doing a lot of working, traveling, and socializing lately, so about two weeksContinue reading “Going Where God Leads Me”