Lift high the cross: Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The great hymn in Philippians is the earliest recorded hymn of the Christian faith. I love this hymn because of a specific word that is used, “exalted.” In the hymn, it states that Jesus “humbled himself, becoming obedient to death, even death on a cross. 


A Word to Young Parents: Don’t Be Scared Peter

School’s just started again. I’d like to say a word to young parents about your children’s education. My children hate this, but let me talk about what I did when I was your age, and what I know now that I’m older. (My eldest child will say things like, “Yeah, Dad, but Abraham Lincoln isn’t president anymore.”)


The blessings of friendship through the turns of life

Entering Carmel is a touching experience, because when you ring the doorbell a tender voice says, “Praised be Jesus Christ, who is it?”  I am always tempted to chant “’tis I, Mary Kathryn, your faithful friend!”


Doing small things with great love

I have a longing to do something great. I want to leave my mark on this world. I crave adventures and a wild and crazy life so people will continually ask, “Ali, what is your life?!” I want to be remembered for being a bold evangelist, like Saint Paul — big desires, I know.


Taking the dog for a walk

We used to have a proper dog, Shiva, a large German shepherd mix with broad shoulders and golden eyes. She was as bright as some 5-year-old children.