O me of little faith

It’s a day when psalm 37 sounds better than all the rest, especially the parts about the wicked. Sometimes the wicked have swords, but most of the time in my life the wicked are more subtle. They lay off a newsroom full of weary, weary people and invite them to play musical chairs with new Read more about O me of little faith[…]

Sit with ‘Light Upon Light’

“YOU KEEP THINGS IN YOUR HEART!” Yes, Owen Meany, I do. I do keep them there, because in books I get lost and find myself, or find something I didn’t know I needed; something I needed later. Words carry me forward, tell me I’m not alone; teach me. Words do that for me, even before my Read more about Sit with ‘Light Upon Light’[…]

Definitely a June apple

I’m in a season, kind of always, of asking what’s next, and am I doing what God would like me to do, and am I becoming the woman God wants me to be, and what, actually, is that person, anyway, and is there something I’m supposed to be doing right now, and why do I Read more about Definitely a June apple[…]

Love is someone saying I look nice in a $4 dress, and meaning it

During confirmation preparation in seventh grade, we had to ask our parents about love and marriage. Marriage is a sacrament in the Catholic church; it was pertinent, not prying. I don’t remember the exact question or even, actually, my mom’s answer. But as our teacher asked us to share our parents’ responses, only a couple of us had answers. “Why Read more about Love is someone saying I look nice in a $4 dress, and meaning it[…]

Let’s go back to middle school! That was always fun, says no one ever

Sixth grade, Catholic Schools Week: My 29 classmates interpreted the “Hero Day” challenge to mean Michael Jordan, doctors, teachers, or dancers. Who would your sixth-grade self have chosen? I chose a priest. Specifically, my uncle, missionary priest, writer and teacher Roger Schroeder, SVD. He’s amazing; I hope you meet him someday. Etc. But this was Read more about Let’s go back to middle school! That was always fun, says no one ever[…]