Your Identity Is Not Failure

About a month ago, I tore a ligament in my knee. Most people who have this injury, get it playing sports. I managed to do it while walking indoors, on carpet. After a trip to the ER my leg was put in an immobilizer, then a very expensive brace I nicknamed the Robot Knee. I […]

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 […]

Glory on the Doorstep

It’s here, you know. All around you. Wherever you may live, however beautiful or troubled your life might be at this particular moment in time, it’s near you, as near as your breath. I could palpate it in the room where my mother was dying last year. I see it almost every time I look—really […]

I Looked for Joy in the Wrong Place

I thought it was gone, but it turns out, I was just looking for it in the wrong place. Four years ago, when my dad died, everything changed. I’m not just speaking in the metaphoric sense that everything changed in grief, but in the very real, physical sense that everything in our wee Forbes world […]

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 […]