Folk Phenomenology, ep. 7: “Translation with Catherine Addington”

I was honored to be interviewed by Sam Rocha for his podcast Folk Phenomenology, where we discussed translation, sanctity, Spanglishes, and (controversy alert) why Don Quixote is funnier in English. Take a listen here, and check out my supplementary thread of reading recommendations here.

The Antics of the Turnips | Commonweal Magazine

Let us make the most of the little things in our everyday life, our ordinary life…. There is no need to do great things to become great saints. Making the little things great is enough. In the world, people waste many opportunities, but the world is distracting…. It is worth just as much to loveContinue reading “The Antics of the Turnips | Commonweal Magazine”

Best of 2020

To close out the year, here are some of the things I most enjoyed in 2020! (Find previous years here.) Books Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love (1373)trans. Fr. John-Julian Swanson OJN (2011) María de Zayas y Sotomayor, Desengaños amorosos (1647) Machado de Assis, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas (1881)trans. Flora Thompson-DeVeaux (2020) Chanel Miller, KnowContinue reading “Best of 2020”

Inter Sessions Podcast | Ep. 3: Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Rafael Arnáiz Barón, Augustine

It was my honor to be featured on this episode of Inter Sessions, a new podcast from the Grexly network about how the saints work in our lives. I shared my experience of spending quarantine with St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón, who didn’t just provide me with my dissertation topic, but the spiritual companionship I neededContinue reading “Inter Sessions Podcast | Ep. 3: Teresa Margaret of the Sacred Heart, Rafael Arnáiz Barón, Augustine”

St. Dymphna’s Playbook, Ep. 59

I was so grateful to be invited onto St. Dymphna’s Playbook, a Catholic podcast about mental health and holiness, this week to introduce listeners to St. Rafael Arnáiz. His struggles with chronic illness and vocational discernment have so much to teach us today. (The clip starts at 5:24!) St. Dymphna’s Playbook, Ep. 59

notes on translation & faith

As you may know, I’m currently working on my dissertation project, the first English translation of the collected writings of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón. I’ve decided to trick myself into drafting it by conceiving of it as an especially long series of newsletters. To that end, if you’d like to follow my progress, you canContinue reading “notes on translation & faith”

“Not theory, but testimony.”

Today we need prophecy, but real prophecy: not fast talkers who promise the impossible, but testimonies that the Gospel is possible. […] It makes me sad when I hear someone say, ‘We want a prophetic Church.’ All right. But what are you doing, so that the Church can be prophetic? We need lives that showContinue reading ““Not theory, but testimony.””

Two quotes on hope

[Hope is] an ability to work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed. … Hope is not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out. VaclavContinue reading “Two quotes on hope”

Reflections on Contract Grading

Yesterday marked the end of my last semester of teaching, but this was also the first semester when I taught the way I wanted to. It sounds strange to say, given that the semester was unexpectedly cut in half by a global pandemic, but the resilience of my course design felt like a total victoryContinue reading “Reflections on Contract Grading”