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Queen of Christmas Angels, Queen of Martyrs

Dear Sister, Merry Christmas!! Yes, it is still Christmas, regardless of what the secular world may tell us. Continue to rejoice with the Church, who is still savoring and deeply reflecting on the wondrous love of our Incarnate God. Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, and I feel like this Tweet says it all:… Continue reading Queen of Christmas Angels, Queen of Martyrs

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8 Mental Health Tips for Christmas Time

Dear Sister, Ahhhh there's nothing like Christmas. With the soft firelight, the glittering snow, the peaceful family overflowing in love and gentle joy, the solemn liturgy, and the affordable gifts that are perfect for everyone. Right? Right? I love Christmas more than I can articulate. But the truth is that the holiday rarely feels, "calm… Continue reading 8 Mental Health Tips for Christmas Time

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Empty Hands and Aching Hearts: The Raw Beauty of Advent

It's okay if this is an Advent that looks like a parody of the Advents we see online. It's okay if this is an Advent where your mental or emotional health is hanging by a thread and you just don't have the energy or ability to be sentimental or excited. It's okay, because this is exactly what Christ came to earth to redeem and consecrate.

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Just Another Gal

Dear Sister, Happy Feast of St. Clare! A bit over a year ago, I stepped foot inside the subtly rose-colored Basilica di Santa Chiara in Assisi, Italy. And as I reminisce about that truly magical day in Assisi as I walked through a fairy-tale town in the footsteps of Saints, I realize that the visit… Continue reading Just Another Gal

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I Love You So Much

Dear Sister, I write this as I sit in Houndstooth Coffee in the heart of downtown Austin, and your girl is thriving. The much needed cappuccino is getting my pulse up, there is gentle A/C to shelter me from the 102 degree heat outside, and I'm surrounded by my journals and copy of "The Catholic… Continue reading I Love You So Much

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She Was Called Daughter

*Note: This post is a reflection on today's Mass readings for the Catholic Church. You can read them here.* Dear Sister, I wonder what emotions the hemorrhaging woman experienced when she heard the story of Jacob that we read today. God Himself looks upon Jacob and vows to give him a future in abundance. He… Continue reading She Was Called Daughter

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Esther’s Summer Essentials 2019

Hey there, Sister! Wow, we are in the thick of summer, and how lucky we are to be alive right now!* This summer has been filled with joy and grace so far, and I earnestly pray that yours has been the same. Like every summer since Eighth grade, I am at a ballet intensive where… Continue reading Esther’s Summer Essentials 2019