Estos, ¿no son hombres?

Para os los dar a cognoscer me he sobido aquí, yo que soy voz de Cristo en el desierto desta isla; y, por tanto, conviene que con atención, no cualquiera sino con todo vuestro corazón y con todos vuestros sentidos, la oigáis; la cual será la más nueva que nunca oísteis, la más áspera yContinue reading “Estos, ¿no son hombres?”

“we’re never going to be just one thing”

Embracing a hyphenate identity is not just a self-defense mechanism — it’s a smart career decision. Back in my finance days, my colleagues would frown when they interviewed people with vibrant lives outside of work. They assumed that creative hobbies, side businesses, and web projects would prevent a person from dedicating 100% of themselves to their job.Continue reading ““we’re never going to be just one thing””

Blessed Sára Salkaházi

Foto: BoldogSalkaháziSára on Facebook My patron saint for 2017 is Blessed Sára Salkaházi. The first paragraph of her Vatican biography is more than forthcoming about the providence involved: Teacher, bookbinder, milliner, journalist: this was the resume of Sára Salkaházi when she applied to join the Sisters of Social Service, a Hungarian religious society that todayContinue reading “Blessed Sára Salkaházi”

Katharine Drexel: the American missionary

Our country’s pain these days isn’t necessarily on the same scale, but it rhymes with Katharine’s America in a way that is instructive. Like her, we face a situation that it would be very easy to withdraw from. She, too, lived in a time of immigration, economic turmoil, fraught borders, gang violence, and epic war.Continue reading “Katharine Drexel: the American missionary”

Saint Rita in Buenos Aires

Two years ago today I took this photo of the statue of Saint Rita, my parish’s patron, in the cathedral of Buenos Aires. It is the closest statue to the bishop’s chair, which so recently belonged to the man who is now pope. I am grateful, as a Christian, that I do not have toContinue reading “Saint Rita in Buenos Aires”

A litany of women for the Church

On this International Women’s Day, I am praying this litany from Joan Chittister, OSB. An excerpt: We call on the holy women who went before us, channels of Your Wordin testaments old and new, to intercede for us so that we might be given the grace to become what they have been for the honor and glory of God. Saint Esther, whoContinue reading “A litany of women for the Church”

fearful but overjoyed

In the time between Mary Magdalene seeing the Risen Christ and telling the disciples, she was the church on earth. Fr. James Martin, SJ She’s my confirmation saint, because when she went out and told the men they didn’t believe her. Kaya Oakes All Saints Day, I know, is meant to be about the manyContinue reading “fearful but overjoyed”

Mother Maria in wartime

the martyr Mother Maria of Paris (1891-1945) Mother Maria Skobtsova, by then already a survivor of the Russian Revolution, reflects as the Second World War rages through Europe: Human nature, fallen, permeated with sin and its consequences, is a heavy thing. If we try to understand what happens to the human soul in moments ofContinue reading “Mother Maria in wartime”

St. Maria Skobtsova

If we decide responsibly and seriously to make the Gospel truth the standard for our human souls, we will have no doubts about how to act in any particular case of our lives: we should renounce everything we have, take up our cross, and follow Him. St. Maria Skobtsova, “On the Imitation of the MotherContinue reading “St. Maria Skobtsova”

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree

A ‘citizen’ is always unfree, always feels the whole weight of oppressive power upon him, of public opinion, tradition, everyday life, the history of his country. We all know this, because it all took place in our own lives. We know that in the time of the Russian civil war, choice implied death, imprisonment, exile,Continue reading “A ‘citizen’ is always unfree”