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?”

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”

22 Years

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 How often do you count your blessings? How often do you thank God for everything he has blessed you with? Do you ever look around at your friends, family,Continue reading “22 Years”

I Love You

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. John 3:16 What do you think of when you think of Valentine’s Day? Does it conjure images of red roses, chocolate-covered strawberries, chalky conversation hearts, or awkward middleContinue reading “I Love You”