Developing a Rosary Habit

I’ve always wanted to have a devotion to the rosary. It was a combination of factors that drew me in, from photos of beautiful rosaries on the internet to the idea of the prayer being, in the words of St. Padre Pio, “the weapon against the evils of the world today.” I’ve also always had …

My Next Decade: Turning My Focus Outward

When I was six years old, my cousin turned seven on April 7, excited about her “golden birthday.” I remember being jealous, because my golden birthday would be my 30th — and, of course, by then, I’d be too old to enjoy it. I am 30 today, August 30. And I do not feel too old to …

Marian Consecration: Not a One-Stop Shop

You consecrate yourself to Mary, and then you’re done, right? You can coast through life and then be welcomed with open arms to those pearly white gates. Not exactly. And that’s not what I expected when I consecrated myself to Mary earlier this year. But I think I did expect my journey to be a …

Why We Need Pro-Life Prayer

Yesterday, I attended NC Right to Life’s annual prayer breakfast with a small group of friends from the Raleigh Catholic young adults group. Several of us were even given the opportunity to help lead a prayer, which was a moving experience in itself. I’ve heard of the breakfast, which is followed by a march, but …

Spiritual New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again: the time when we make well-intentioned resolutions that most of us never follow through on. (We all know what the road to hell is paved with, right?) I am the queen of resolutions, especially at the new year. Like most people, I love the idea of a blank slate, …