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”

This Sunday’s Gospel: September 6, 2020

Matthew 18:15-20 Jesus said to his disciples:“If your brother sins against you,go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.If he does not listen,take one or two others along with you,so that ‘every fact may be establishedon the testimony of two or threeContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: September 6, 2020”

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”

This Sunday’s Gospel: May 31, 2020

John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week,when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,for fear of the Jews,Jesus came and stood in their midstand said to them, “Peace be with you.”When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.The disciples rejoiced when they saw theContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: May 31, 2020”

This Sunday’s Gospel: May 24, 2020

Matthew 28:16-20 The eleven disciples went to Galilee,to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.Then Jesus approached and said to them,“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father,andContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: May 24, 2020”

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”

This Sunday’s Gospel: May 17, 2020

John 14:15-21 Jesus said to his disciples:“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.And I will ask the Father,and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept,because it neither sees nor knows him.But you know him, because he remains with you,and will beContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: May 17, 2020”

My Confirmation Journey

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 Today, I’ve been a full member of the Catholic Church for five years. On May 5, 2015, I made my Confirmation atContinue reading “My Confirmation Journey”

Why I’m Still Catholic

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” John 20:22 It’s been almost 5 years since I made my Confirmation, and it’s honestly one of my fondest memories. Getting Confirmed was something I looked forward to since I made my first Holy Communion. I knewContinue reading “Why I’m Still Catholic”

“With Whom I Am Well Pleased:” Understanding the Baptism of Our Lord

After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened for him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” Matthew 3:16-17 WhyContinue reading ““With Whom I Am Well Pleased:” Understanding the Baptism of Our Lord”