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”

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

“Do not despise this world, for it is Mine”

Today is the feast of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón, the young Spanish Trappist about whom I am writing my dissertation. (At least, it’s the anniversary of his death on April 26, 1938. In Spain, a few dioceses have delayed his feast day to April 27 because April 26 is already reserved for St. Isidore ofContinue reading ““Do not despise this world, for it is Mine””

from the diary of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on Holy Thursday

April 14, 1938Holy Thursday On this day, Holy Thursday, on which the Lord gathered his disciples and promised to remain with them forever, I too approached Jesus in my littleness, asking Him to remain with me, and welcome me at His table, and allow me to live with Him, and to follow Him everywhere likeContinue reading “from the diary of St. Rafael Arnáiz Barón on Holy Thursday”

Coronavirus has cancelled public Masses. How can we participate in our own homes?

I really enjoyed speaking to Colleen Dulle for this article, and I especially appreciated the insights of the other interviewees. Sr. Bernadette Reis FSP, who is the English interpreter for Vatican Media, pointed out something that really stuck with me: “The fathers of the church actually taught that Christ’s presence in the Blessed Sacrament isContinue reading “Coronavirus has cancelled public Masses. How can we participate in our own homes?”

“Is it not enough, Lord, that the world has us locked up?”

As Teresa de Ávila edited her Camino de perfección (The Way of Perfection), she crossed out a passage in chapter three, that nevertheless remains legible in the manuscript. She had been exhorting her sisters to be constant and persistent in prayer, both for the world’s sake and for their own, remembering that the Lord wasContinue reading ““Is it not enough, Lord, that the world has us locked up?””