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 […]

The Hope for Which We Now Labor

It’s true what mothers say about forgetting the pain of childbirth. My births are now seven and nine-and-a-half years ago and I have to strain to remember the details. Giving birth is a moment we spend countless hours preparing for. It is the culmination of reading and birthing classes, showers, reordering our lives and homes, […]

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 […]

Knowing What We Now Know

“Knowing what we now know, what will we now do?” It was a picture-perfect autumn day—all slowly-detaching leaves and refracted golden light gleaming through tangled branches. We held hands as we sipped our coffee and floated in and out of shops chock full of antique globes, eucalyptus bath salts, prickly cacti. It had been a […]