Category: religious life

Eternal Love

As a future bride of Christ, I have the bad habit of making every love song about Jesus.  I mean every song is secretly about Jesus, obviously, and I just show it for what it is.  For example, one of my favorites is “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHkvan-NFnM] Heartbeats fast Colors and promises…

The Mystery of Vocation

“O my soul, how can you refrain from plunging yourself ever deeper and deeper into the love of Christ, who did not forget you in life or in death, but who willed to give Himself wholly to you, and to unite you to Himself forever?” –Blessed Angela of Foligno (Third Order Franciscan) About two weeks…

Let Yourself Be Pursued

Discernment is mostly passive. A friend passed this nugget of wisdom onto me a few weeks ago and I’ve been mulling over the implications ever since. Discernment is mostly passive.  God asks us to wait in prayerful silence, learning to listen to His voice.  God always initiates and we need to let him pursue us.…

The Discipline to Start, The Will to Finish

I’ve never said so many Hail Mary‘s in my life and I now understand what it is to offer up pain.  I’ve pushed my body beyond its limits(and now I’m paying for it).  I have officially run the half marathon I set out to do 7 months ago.  Thank you, thank you, thank you for…

Well That Was Easy

Sorry I’ve been missing for a while readers!  Last week I went on a (driving) pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine in Stockbridge, MA, St. Joseph’s Oratory, Notre Dame, and St. Ann’s Shrine in Montreal, the Shrine of the North American Martyrs and the Shrine of Kateri Tekakwitha in NY.  This four-day trip was filled…

Saying "I do" to Christ – Will You?

A few posts ago I touched upon the spousal love between God and His Church.  Over and over, marriage imagery is used in the Bible to describe the covenant between God and His people.  I didn’t understand why this was until I watched this video: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOaWb7AIVVc&feature=player_embedded] And here is the song he is referring to:…

A Misunderstanding in the Family: The Prodigal Daughters Get Called Home

As you may have heard, there was recently an investigation into some women’s religious orders in the United States.  Although much as been written on this topic, I’m going to add my two cents, because there seems to be many misconceptions about what is actually going on.  A recent Washington Post article, “A Catholic ‘war on women’,” is…