Glory is a Woman Fully Alive

St. Irenaeus of Lyon is known for the quote, “Glory is man fully alive.” The true quote from his work, Against Heresies, is this:  “Life in man is the glory of God; the life of man is the vision of God.” Growing up, I got to witness firsthand what it means for glory to be a woman […]

Labor of Pain, Labor of Love

I grew up Catholic. Not an Easter-and-Christmas Catholic. But an every-week-we-went-to-mass-and-my-great-grandmother-taught-us-the-rosary Catholic. We were Irish, loud, played bingo, had the priest over for dinner and I just assumed that everyone else lived the same way we did. I went to Catholic schools, wore the plaid skirts and knew the Stations of the Cross before I […]

Do My Ancestors Matter?

The road to Bethlehem began in the northern town of Nazareth, a tiny backwater town in the Galilee region known for heavy accents and backward thinking. José hoisted the last of the luggage before helping his betrothed María, now with child, onto the animal. Together they set out on the long journey to fulfill the […]

Guts Does Not Always Equal Glory

When I think of the word “glory,” several images and phrases come to mind. “The glory of God” with rays of sunshine bursting through the clouds at just the right moment. “All guts and no glory” for the athletes who work their tails off in a sports game and end up losing in the end. […]

If Justice Isn’t the Key to Healing, Then What Is?

In November of 1984, I was eight years old. I remember walking home from school, with the crunch of snow beneath my feet and the sun sinking quickly in the early winter sky. Making the way home seemed ominous and full of danger. It wasn’t just the darkening woods or the long stretch of busy […]