The all-consuming work of salvation

  It wasn’t until I moved into my brand new husband’s basement apartment in Chicago that we were properly introduced to one another’s quirky compulsions. Mine included leaving half-drunk mugs of cold coffee in every room, and his involved reusing the same brown paper lunch bag for weeks at a time until it was soft and misshapen. Troy was also surprised by my knack for transforming random household objects into containers for…

The Next Right Thing

  I was folding laundry the other day, not expecting any grand epiphanies to come my way but lo and behold while pairing some mismatched socks, I was blessed by a game changing revelation. Ancient Faith Radio was playing in the background. My mind was wandering, truth be told, until Fr. John Oliver’s soothing voice cut through my scattered mental meanderings and lured me back to attentiveness. His “Hearts and Minds” podcast…

“Go home and love your family”

  Seven hours in to our fourteen-hour road trip back home, after ten days of family vacationing, our van started closing in on us. The books and snacks, drawing pads and empty to-go coffee cups littered about our feet seemed to multiply and swell. We were irritable and claustrophobic as the sun began to set. All six of us struggled internally to avoid bickering with one another. Under the weight of so…

Radical Compassion for All

“10. Do acts of mercy in secret.” -Fr. Thomas Hopko, 55 Maxims for Christian Living “To love another person is to see the face of God.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables There is this scene in Les Miserables that rips my heart out. It takes place near the beginning of the story after Jean Valjean is released from a French prison after serving nineteen years for stealing a loaf of bread. Starving,…