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”

“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”

Clase magistral: «Sin compasión del delicado sexo»

Today I became a PhD candidate after passing my comprehensive exams! As part of the process, we generally give talks on our research to the department—but since we have to give virtual presentations this time around, now you can watch it too. In this talk, I discuss representations of Chinese laywomen in a Spanish missionaryContinue reading “Clase magistral: «Sin compasión del delicado sexo»”

“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?””

“In loving you, what do I love?”

In loving you, what do I love? No physical beauty, no temporal glory, no radiancy of light that commends itself to these eyes of mine; no sweet melody of songs tuned to every mode, no soft scent of flowers or of ointment or of perfumes, no manna, no honey, no limbs that can receive corporalContinue reading ““In loving you, what do I love?””

A new icon of Blessed Laura Vicuña

bagelsaremyfriends-deactivated2: A commission of Blessed Laura Vicuña for @catherineaddington! This posed an interesting challenge but I am sataisfied with the results. I recommend reading her story—she was a very inspiring girl who I hope makes it to canonization! I am so grateful for @baglette’s beautiful portrait of Bl. Laura, who has become one of myContinue reading “A new icon of Blessed Laura Vicuña”