Advent Matters

Advent has begun. Many of us are already preparing our homes and families to observe this season of the Church calendar. But how could we possibly celebrate Advent if we are paying attention to this world? How do we make merry when our hearts are broken by Paris, by Syria, by Kenya, by Beirut, by Japan, by […]


Over the past couple of weeks, my shower has become my prayer cell: standing with my back to the spray, letting the water minister to my sore muscles and my tired soul. I take a shower at least twice a day now. If I need to cry a little, I can. (Usually by this point in […]

Chasing a Dream in the Midst and in the Afters

I have a confession for you: sometimes I used to get so mad at the Inklings. I have felt resentful because C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien and all these other writers, real writers, had luxuries like housekeepers and pubs and colleagues and writing cabins and a way to pay their bills, they had creature comforts […]

Curating Empowerment

People have tried to tell us that women aren’t as visual as men. To which, I respond: “Um, have you heard of Pinterest? Because YES WE ARE.” I love my Pinterest—no shame in my pinning game. I often treat Pinterest like a magazine—a bit of time to browse, to be inspired, to chill out on a Friday night […]

A Prayer: Belong

For those of us who have been told that we are too much—too loud, too opinionated, too smart, too bold, too quiet, too curvy, too skinny, too sexual, too intense, too feeling, too soft, too tough, too bossy, too tender, too young, too old, too liberal, too conservative—may we say: you belong here with us. […]