A Witness to the Eucharist in the Early Church: St. Ignatius of Antioch

Today is the feast day of St. Ignatius of Antioch, perhaps one of the most prominent Christian figures during the early Church. He was a disciple of the Apostle John, and was appointed Bishop of Antioch by the Apostle Peter himself.[1] This close association with the apostles, along with the fact that he was willing…

Discerning My Vocation: Where are all the Married Saints?

Growing up in a Catholic home-school family, I often read stories about the saints—stories of great men and women dedicating their lives to God in extraordinary ways. They would leave behind all their possessions to the poor, fast for long periods of time, practice acts of self-denial, and spend hours each day in meditation and…

Did the Early Christians Have a Church Hierarchy?

As I’ve started graduate Theology classes, it’s been amazing to see how Church History is relevant to today, how the Catholic Church has stayed fundamentally the same since the time of the Early Church. I understand that many issues I mention will be controversial for non-Catholics, and while I respect and often admire other Christians,…

The Home of My Soul

My shoes clap on the sidewalk and my backpack thumps in rhythm as I walk, humming the song singing in my head and pounding through my feet: “God, you are good to me, good to me…” I reach the road and a map of Franciscan University—and remember the first time I had looked at it,…

My Testimony Part 3: Our Living Spirit

If you missed part 2, you can read it here. College: Discovering the Power of the Spirit There are so many amazing stories I could tell from my precious years at Franciscan University. Now that I’m graduating with my B.A. in writing (and in the midst of this pandemic nonetheless), I will always treasure those…

My Testimony Part 2: Christ Our Savior and Lover

If you missed part 1, you can read it here. Early High School: Trusting Christ Our Savior Throughout middle school and into high school, I continued to pray to God as my Father and started to come to understand Christ and the beauty of the cross. It was sometime during this time period that I…

My Testimony Part 1: Our Heavenly Mother and Father

God has used may moments in my life to draw me into an ever deeper relationship with Him. It’s mind-blowing to look back at these experiences and see how God can reveal Himself to us personally as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit—how He can lead us to Him through His mother and as our Father, Lover, and Living Spirit.