February 13, 2019

Death to Me Back to the way it was No worries or cares, just dreams and space Back to the way we were When I was young and we were always together   Present: a soft blow) (Future hits hard And I coalesce, coag– ulate   Memory presents one-sided– stiffening, hide behind what I recall The truth of bias unearthed   Imagination, fleets leaves falling to– die A twisting dance to the tune: what if   “Lady Writing a Letter with… Read more

February 12, 2019

“I am all the family you need.” I was seventeen when I heard that phrase for the first time. It was like St. Teresa of Avila speaks of God whispering to you heart– the words “are more distinct and clear than those which men hear with their bodily ears.” I had been crying. To make a complicated story less so, I was on retreat with my diocesan youth program and we were in adoration. I was having a huge personal… Read more

January 30, 2019

When my mom had breast cancer for the third time, when I was 16, I was finally made aware of it. Since I was older, my parents knew that I’d ask more questions about why Mommabear was sick or what all of her appointments two hours away in Pittsburgh were for; so they told me. My parents faced this diagnosis with trust and faith. I learned to do the same, as well. My mom’s oldest sister and brother came to… Read more

January 28, 2019

St. Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart was once a picky eater. She’d only eat what she liked and leave the rest, not complaining about the meal, but simply not finishing it. Once in Carmel, when she was sick and was having trouble eating, her mistress admonished her for not eating and walked away to attend to another duty. When her mistress returned, St. Teresa Margaret’s plate was empty– she had eaten every bite out of obedience and love, even… Read more

January 23, 2019

I turned 10 smack dab in the middle of summer. It was hot and sunny and I was happy. A friend gave me a set of nail polish for my birthday– pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, like a modified rainbow. I wore them that way, too. Pink on my little toes, then orange, yellow, and green on each of the next, and then I’d split the blue and purple in half on each of my big toes. I… Read more

January 22, 2019

Something fun today! I wrote a quiz on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Head over to EpicPew to check it out. Read more

January 17, 2019

St. Mary of Egypt Mary was a hermitess who lived alone in the desert of Egypt for forty-seven years as penance for her previously sinful life. In a chance meeting approximately one year before her death, she encountered St. Zosimas and recounted her life story to him. She told him that she had run away to Alexandria as a child and had lived a lascivious lifestyle completely taken over by her sexual passions. After many years of that lifestyle, she… Read more

January 14, 2019

A game we used to like to play back in Catholic college was “Which Mary is your mother?” Everyone seemed to have a certain title or apparition of Mary that they felt closest to or held a special devotion to. But I didn’t. I struggled with Mary more than any other aspect of the Catholic faith. She felt too pure for me, too perfect, too womanly. I struggled to love her because I struggled to understand her and what sinlessness… Read more

January 9, 2019

Pittsburgh is a beautiful city with plenty of ethnic diversity and several unique churches. Residents and visitors agree that Primanti Bros. is a mandatory stop when visiting, and that if you take in a Pirates game, you’ll be treated to a pierogi race. Or, check out a Penguins game and enjoy the home team winning. Months ago, Pittsburgh priest Fr. Alek Schrenk, (check out his twitter threadto see the beginnings of this!) created a dream pilgrimage for Catholics who love their… Read more

December 31, 2018

It’s been awhile since my last post because I have been traveling this Christmas season to see family. We live almost all the way across the country from each other and visiting has been absolutely wonderful. What a perfect time to travel far to be with family, too. But, as 2018 is finally coming to an end, I thought it would be appropriate to do a roundup of some of my favorite things of this year. In no particular order,… Read more

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