Love, Loss, & Abuse

During the Advent season of 2020, my family and I received news that my Floridian Grandma passed away due to complications from surgery. This was a complicated loss for our my immediate family and I, but I will speak for myself, because each person in family's experience is unique and similar. I love my Grandma. … Continue reading Love, Loss, & Abuse

The Responsibility of Words

Reflecting on 2020 and the early happenings of 2021, a few words popped into my heart and mind. The more time I spend on social media and popular media, I feel more keenly the stinging, unsavory, or careless impact of words. As I scroll through the noise, words, words, and more words, whether spoken or … Continue reading The Responsibility of Words

Upon My Return From Germany: Anyways- Mother Teresa

Germany People are often unreasonable, irrational and self-centered;        Forgive them anyway.If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;        Be kind anyway.If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies;        Succeed anyway.If you are honest and sincere, people … Continue reading Upon My Return From Germany: Anyways- Mother Teresa

Before I Formed You in the Womb I knew you . . .

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you."Jeremiah 1:5 January is Respect Life Month. This year I'm the Aunt of micro preemie TTTS identical twins born at 25 weeks. Isabella born to heaven. Sara fighting for her health & development in the NICU. Both unique, fully … Continue reading Before I Formed You in the Womb I knew you . . .

Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

"When I closed the eyes of my dear little children and buried them, I felt sorrow through and through... People said to me, 'It would be better to never have had them.' I couldn't stand such language. My children were not lost forever; life is short and full of miseries, and we shall find our … Continue reading Burying the Dead During Advent: Asking “How” & Not “Why”

Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Cathedral of St. John the Baptist- Savannah, GA "O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death."- O, AntiphonsAdvent a season of preparation- preparation for the gift of a child. While we prepare in joyful  anticipation for the Christ … Continue reading Advent Preparation, Anticipation, & Funerals

Love, Babies, & Loss

"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you..." -Jeremiah 1:5 I've kept mostly quiet about the TTTS (Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome) pregnancy my brother & sister-in-law are navigating. After 2 emergency fetoscopic surgeries 4.5 hours away, dozens of local Maternal Fetal Medicine appointments, & hospital … Continue reading Love, Babies, & Loss

Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

November begins with two important Church Feasts: The Solemnity of All Saints & All Souls. Within the month of November, we strive to remember the souls of the faithful departed and the holy souls in Purgatory. Our souls on Earth, the Saintly Souls in Heaven, and the Holy Souls in Purgatory are all connected within … Continue reading Prayer for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

On the Christian Meaning of Suffering

BE NOT AFRAID. I decided to return once more to the 1984 Apostolic Letter written by St. JP II titled Salvifici Doloris: On the Christian Meaning of Suffering that addressed the ever present question of suffering: why, what, and how? God transformed even something not part of His original design for humanity (suffering, pain, death, … Continue reading On the Christian Meaning of Suffering

An Irresponsibly Responsible Life

During Respect Life Month, hundreds of thousands of people young and old walked for respect for Life from conception to natural death. Saturday January 28, 2017 marked the 2nd Annual Walk for Life Northwest. Around a 1,000 people attended the rally and walk in Downtown Spokane WA one weekend after the March for Woman drew … Continue reading An Irresponsibly Responsible Life