Saint Margaret of Cortona

Saint Margaret of Cortona artist unknown (if you own this image or can find the source, contact me!) I recently used Jen Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator to find a patron saint for the coming year. (I last did this in 2017, when I met the wonderful Bl. Sára Salkaházi.) For 2019, providence and the algorithmContinue reading “Saint Margaret of Cortona”

Best of 2017

As in years past (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016), here are some of the things I enjoyed this year (inspired by Eve Tushnet’s annual list). Best non-fiction read for the first time Christian Texts for Aztecs by Jaime Lara: an academic-press glossy-paged wonder of a history that involves feathered sanctuaries and sunburst monstrances and is the coffee-table bookContinue reading “Best of 2017”

“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””

A Helpful Homily

Traducción al español abajo “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” daily readings I know what you’re thinking: “He’s going to talk about vocations. Blah, blah, blah.” Yeah, fair enough. Because “vocation” is actually not a very helpful word—other than theContinue reading “A Helpful Homily”

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”

Best of 2015

As in years past (best of 2013, best of 2014), I’d like to share some of the things I enjoyed this year, based on Eve Tushnet’s annual list. Best non-fiction read for the first time The Art of Not Being Governed: An Anarchist History of Upland Southeast Asia by James C. Scott The Book ofContinue reading “Best of 2015”

lorica

When social-media star Essena O’Neill deleted all her accounts this week, she made an ironic splash. She re-edited captions on her Instagram posts: a bikini shot on the beach was now about starvation and obsession, a casual pose by the pool was about how she was paid to wear that dress. She made a videoContinue reading “lorica”

accumulating “small acts of self-respect”

My friend Amanda made a video today about the process of learning self-love. I encourage you to watch it, and hear her thoughts before I ramble into mine. I’ve always found Amanda to be a generous companion when it comes to learning things that can seem nebulous at first. Whether that’s her willingness to take timeContinue reading “accumulating “small acts of self-respect””