Working Alongside Saint Zita


This month, Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator spun up Saint Zita of Lucca for me.She is apparently the patron saint of lost keys (and, lo, I've just gotten my keys to my DC apartment).   But, a little more to the point, she was a servant and is particularly known for the way her holiness shown through at work for the people she served: Born to a very poor but pious family. At age twelve she became a domestic servant for the wealthy Fainelli family in Lucca, Italy, a position she kept all her li … [Read more...]

Being Tutored by Saint Genevieve


I've been vulnerable to a bit of the New Year's enthusiasm and tendency to overreach, and have been actively trying to pace myself.  I've missed having a commute, since my metro ride pretty much guarantees I have the chance to say Morning and Night Office daily, and the cathedral right across from my office means I can go to Mass at lunch and say Midday Office right after.  But I've been mostly holding my prayer life to those guys, even though I liked having the Rosary and the Examen as a part o … [Read more...]

Drawing from a deck of Cards Against Humanity

Image by @bdmcclay

This New Year's, I didn't end up making any big resolutions, but I did wind up writing for First Things on a cognitive reframe that helps me spot actions or behaviors I should cut out of my moral diet. When I review my day in an Examen or if an action catches my attention in the moment, I sometimes like to get a better perspective on my choices by using a reframe. Instead of just asking what I should do right now, I ask what kind of habits this choice is reinforcing. Would I want to sign up for … [Read more...]

Missing the Cues for My Amens


For Catholics, the Christmas season is still ongoing (up until January 12th, the Feast of Christ's Baptism), so the days have been peppered with more feasts and solemnities than I've had time to write about.  But one holiday I particularly enjoyed was the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, which falls on New Year's Day.A group of Catholic friends and I went to the Dominican House of Studies on New Year's Eve for an hour of Adoration (prayer in front of the Eucharist), followed by a vigil … [Read more...]

New Routines with a New Saint

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It turns out that my saint for the month of January (as determined by Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator) is Saint Genevieve.  And, conveniently enough, her feast day is January 3rd, so I'll make sure to attend Daily Mass this Friday in her honor.  In her life, she was perhaps best known for leading the people of Paris in sustained prayer in order to ward off an attack by the Huns.This will be my first month back in my old city with my new job, so I'm working on resetting my habits and routines o … [Read more...]

It is not good that man should be alone


As some of you have gleaned from off-hand comments, I've returned to Washington, D.C.  I really liked my job as a curriculum developer at CFAR, but I turned out to be terribly homesick for D.C.  In January, I'll be starting a new job as an Editoral Assistant at a magazine.Meanwhile, in the two weeks or so that I've been back home, I've felt great about my decision.  I was welcomed back with snow, emails scheduling a Tempest reading, the opportunity to play with my college friend's one year ol … [Read more...]

Oh, the Farmer and the Blogger Should Be Friends


Last month, I did a pretty terrible job trying to pick a saint for the month and try to expand my understanding of the Communion of Saints.  I really do rely on getting to know Saints (and anyone, honestly) through text, so it was hard for me to build up any rapport with St Andrew Corsini or to think of him at all without something to read.But, as Advent begins again, I'm trying again, and this time Jen Fulwiler's Saint Generator assigned me St. Isidore. The Farmer.  In the middle of the wint … [Read more...]