Is Elizabeth Gilbert No Longer “Committed”?

Last week, Elizabeth Gilbert announced via Facebook that she has left her husband to pursue a relationship with a woman. Her decision was met with an outpouring of love, in large part thanks to the overwhelming support of the LGBT community. But though I send love and support as well, I couldn’t help but also feel a [Read More…]

Croissants Are My New Self-Development Ritual

Before I left for France I had a routine. Every morning I read scripture, and then journaled for about an hour. I read self-development books every chance I got and attended conferences on the regular. I also had a lot of structure to my life. I didn’t eat gluten, dairy, or eggs (thanks to food [Read More…]

How To Pray The Liturgy Of The Hours

The Liturgy Of The Hours is a four-volume set of leather bound books that contain three year’s worth of prayers to be prayed daily by Catholic priests and nuns. Originated from the Jewish ritual of praying at the third, sixth, ninth, and twelfth hour the prayers continued in that vein by early Christians. By the [Read More…]

Why I Wear A Veil To Church

I am deeply in need of devotion. It is my favorite form of reverence, and lately, there’s just not been enough of it. To me, devotion is using beauty to get to God. There’s nothing like a gold-gilded set of rosary beads, an impressionist painting of the Virgin Mary, or the stained glass windows of [Read More…]

Why You Should Give Up Your Dream

“If he can’t get into heaven, who can??” the disciples ask after a particularly traumatizing incident. A very wealthy and prosperous business man had come to Jesus asking “What next?” He had amassed a great deal of fortune and had followed the commandments to a T. “But I’m still lacking something,” he says. “What else [Read More…]

A Jewish Mourning Ritual For Starting Over

I started losing Instagram followers. Where before I was earning 100 new Instagram followers every day, now I was losing about 50 per day. The turning point had been the announcement that @overthemoonmag would be closing for the summer, and that when it returned it would be completely different then what it was before. It [Read More…]

The Sacred Seduction Of Queen Esther

It was late in the evening, but Esther awaited her king. She had spent the past twelve months beautifying her body, mind, and soul in preparation for this day. Six months she had oiled her skin with myrrh, followed by six months lavishing her body with exotic spices and ointments. Though she had never before [Read More…]

My Date With God

I lay in a beautiful valley, my body wrapped in the delicate lacing of an intricate veil. Wildflowers bloom up beside me as a warm wind caresses my skin and the sky seems so blue it could burst. My lord is with me, his arms wrap around me as he looks down into my eyes. [Read More…]

Bathsheba And The Art Of Seduction

As the evening grew late, and the moon full, my body longed for his touch, but settled for his gaze. I felt his eyes upon me as I filled the basin with warm water, fragrant salts, and exotic Egyptian spices, steaming the moonlit bath with a sensory aroma. The perfume overcame me and in an [Read More…]

Who Are Your Spiritual Ancestors?

I’m often asked why I chose to pursue a graduate degree in Mariology (the study of the Virgin Mary), and to be honest, I’ve answered that question so many different ways that I’ve finally realized I don’t know. I’m just drawn to her. There’s an intimate connection we share that I can hardly put words [Read More…]