Why I Journal

I’ve been writing on a regular basis since I was in elementary school, when I got my first Alice in Wonderland diary from the Disney Store. It came with its own lock and key, which enabled me to keep it safe from two meddling little girls that will go unnamed.  The first journal I filled completely…

On Working with “the Poor,” Part 2

Part 1 here. I usually leave work feeling satisfied. I do have a highly fulfilling job and have the privilege of helping people every day. And now that I’ve been here for 7 months now, I can see our students making educational (whether it be in English or typing or reading or whatever) and behavioral…

On becoming Catholic, part 2

If you’d like to see part 1 of my journey, look here. Since I wrote that initial post in January, I have had my doubts about “converting” to Catholicism. After all, a relationship with Jesus is all that matters, and I already have that. I haven’t wanted to convert unless I can fully respect what…

Good Friday

Up until a few years ago, I thought I was a pretty good person doing a great job of being a Christian. In theory, of course, I knew I was a sinner, but I usually did the right thing and followed the rules. It took a difficult season and and my own rebellion against God…

The secret of contentment

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how in the past 3 years, my circumstances have changed a lot. Granted, I wanted several of the changes, but there have also been some I never expected and certainly didn’t ask for. And unfortunately, the latter changes have made me complain and ask God what He thinks…

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how in the past 3 years, my circumstances have changed a lot. Granted, several of the changes were brought about by me, but there have also been changes I never expected and certainly didn’t ask for. And unfortunately, the latter changes have made me complain and ask God…

On becoming Catholic

I’ve wanted to write this post for a while, but hadn’t because the last thing I want to do is offend anyone or start a theological debate. However, I’m going to share, because I hope it’s as obvious for you as it is for me to see that God’s story is bigger and better than…

A prayer for 2014

“AWE-INSPIRING GOD, when I am lost in wonder and lost for words, receive the homage of my silent worship but do not let me be content to bear your mysterious beauty and be still. Go with me in the places where I live and work. Lift the veil of reticence behind which I hide. Give me…

Unconditional love and relationships

I have never liked anything about Katy Perry (and it doesn’t help she’s Carlos’ top celeb crush…). I was pleasantly surprised, then, when I was listening to her new song, “Unconditionally.” Hearing lines like “I will love you unconditionally, “There is no fear now, “Walk through this storm I would, I’d do it all because…

“The Joy of the Gospel”

On Tuesday morning, Pope Francis released his first Apostolic Exhortation, called Evangelii Gaudium, or “The Joy of the Gospel.” I read the opening lines (below), and they definitely compelled me to keep reading! His words are relevant to all Christians, Catholic or not. “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all…

Thoughts on Love

Is it possible to love someone but it still not be enough? What if you’re loving them but differently than what they really need? Does that mean it’s not love? Because doesn’t love conquer all? Doesn’t love never fail? Can’t love never be quenched? If my love isn’t conquering all, if it’s failing me (and…

Good advice

“Call now, is there anyone who will answer you? And to which of the holy ones will you turn? But as for me, I would seek God, and I would place my cause before God; Who does great and unsearchable things, Wonders without number.” Job 5:1, 8-9