November 30, 2020

Advent is finally here. This is the season of waiting in hope for the coming of Christ in the incarnation. We decorate our homes, light candles, increase our daily prayer. This Advent, like so much this year, seems different. We’re waiting in anticipation of a Christmas that will lack many of the trappings of the typical holiday celebration. We’re also waiting for something else, something that for a long while we did not dare to hope for: a vaccine. Because… Read more

November 23, 2020

Prudence has never been the most popular virtue. In grade school, we sat through long lectures on charity and chastity. Kindness and humility are among the earliest lessons our parents teach us. Films extol justice and fortitude. But prudence is a quiet virtue, not particularly heroic and, generally, not particularly noticeable. It’s hard to discern if someone is being prudent in a given situation, because by its nature the virtue is situational. But for everything there is a season, and… Read more

November 16, 2020

Last week, the Vatican finally released the long-awaited McCarrick Report. This 400-page document outlines what Church authorities knew, when they knew it, and the myriad personal and institutional failures that lead to McCarrick’s rise. It’s a sad document, but not because it reveals shocking new instances of abuse.  (There is little that could shock us now.) McCarrick’s grotesque sins may be the headline, but they are not the story. The story is about how Church leaders abandoned the faithful. It’s a… Read more

November 9, 2020

This Saturday was a strange one for 2020 because – for two completely unrelated reasons – there was cause in my life for celebration. Even stranger, a whole lot of people were celebrating with me. Unbridled joy, the kind that brings people out into the streets or causes fans to pour onto the field, is rare to begin with. It’s true catharsis, an emotional celebration that allows us to forget ourselves for a moment, throw caution to the wind, and… Read more

November 2, 2020

Election Day is tomorrow. If you’re reading this in my newsletter, election day is today. I sincerely hope you have already voted or have a plan in place to go vote. I also sincerely hope that you’re voting for Joe Biden or a third-party candidate. But I know that plenty of people reading this, including people I love very much, are going to go out today and make a choice I deeply disagree with. This is hard. However, I have… Read more

October 28, 2020

I made a mistake this week: I stepped on the scale. After being stuck at home for the past six months, I’ve started to notice changes in my body. Along with these changes comes the negative body image and harmful self-talk that is very familiar to many people. I’ve been hearing more and more about it online. We’re struggling with our bodies, even as we’re doing our best to keep them safe. We care what we look like, when while… Read more

October 23, 2020

A few weeks ago, on National Coming Out Day, I decided to share some personal information about myself on Twitter. My husband has known for about a decade, my friends have known forever, and my parents have known for a couple years. I am not exclusively attracted to men. That makes me queer. Not a huge deal. Pretty standard stuff. For a long time, it wasn’t even something I saw fit to talk about because I am in a heterosexual… Read more

October 20, 2020

Unlike make Catholics, I have always loved going to Confession. I love the feeling I get afterward, one of lightness. It’s a clean slate feeling, a warm feeling, that I’ve come to associate with forgiveness. It’s the same feeling I have when I receive the Eucharist. For a long time, I associated this feeling with grace, the divine blessing bestowed upon us when we receive the sacraments. But there is a problem with this reading: what happens when you don’t feel it?… Read more

October 12, 2020

Carlo Acutis, an teenage gamer and computer programmer, was Beatified on Saturday, October 10th. This brings him one step away from Sainthood in the Roman Catholic Church, an honor that would make him both the youngest contemporary Saint and the first Millennial Saint. There are plenty of pressing issues I could be writing about today. The world is, frankly, a mess right now. But amidst all of the turmoil, there is hope. Carlo’s life reminds us of a simple, fundamental… Read more

October 5, 2020

Pope Francis released his latest Papal Encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, this weekend. The letter, which focuses on the creation of a more just, “Brotherly” society, is a challenging one to say the least. Pope Francis does not mince words on controversial topics such as the death penalty, war, migration, and the response to the COVID-19 crisis. His expectations for a just world are extremely high, as they should be. Is he, after all, not a politician. He is the pope. This… Read more

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