Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020

I rejoice heartily in the Lord; in my God is the joy of my soul. Isaiah 61:10 Our Search for JoyAs humans, we long for joy. Because we’re human, we’re not always sure how to seek joy, where we can find it, and if the source of our joy is good. Often, we find andContinue reading “Joy in the Lord: 3rd Sunday of Advent 2020”

This Sunday’s Gospel: November 1, 2020

Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.Blessed are they who mourn,for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the land.Blessed areContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: November 1, 2020”

Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows

And you yourself a sword will pierce so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed. Luke 2:35 I meditate on the Seven Sorrows of Mary, and I find myself on the outside looking in. I’m not a mother yet, so I can’t relate to losing a child. I’ve never watched one of myContinue reading “Sharing in Our Lady’s Sorrows”

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”

This Sunday’s Gospel: July 26, 2020

Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus said to his disciples:“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field,which a person finds and hides again,and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchantsearching for fine pearls.When he finds a pearl of greatContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: July 26, 2020”

Blessings of a Pandemic Graduate

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Ecclesiastes 3:1 My college graduation, the day that I dreamed of for four years, was supposed to be May 9. Of course, the Coronavirus pandemic changed that, and and the commencement ceremony is now postponed indefinitely. I could dwell onContinue reading “Blessings of a Pandemic Graduate”

3 Reasons Why I Love Flowers

If a little flower could speak, it seems to me that it would tell us quite simply all that God has done for it. St Therese of Lisieux May is here, and I love the flowers that come with this lovely spring season. Everywhere I look, I see vibrant tulips and playful dandelions. The worldContinue reading “3 Reasons Why I Love Flowers”

Transfigure Us, O Lord

And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his garments became white as light. Matthew 17:2 What comes to mind when you hear the word Lent? Does it imply a somber season of mourning and penance? Maybe you adopt a gloomy demeanor during this season. You might gravitate towardsContinue reading “Transfigure Us, O Lord”

3rd Sunday of Advent

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. James 5:7 On Gaudete Sunday, we take a break from purple and put on rose. We light the third candle in our Advent wreath with joy, knowing that Advent is halfway over. Christmas will be here before we know it! The third candle represents joy,Continue reading “3rd Sunday of Advent”

How to do Little Things with Great Love

If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:3 Inspired by St. ThérèseAfter St. Thérèse of Lisieux’s Feast Day this year, I challenged myself to intentionally do little things with great love. I knewContinue reading “How to do Little Things with Great Love”