This Week: April 29-May 5

Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice. – St. Bernadette Soubirous

I’ve always liked Mondays. It’s a new week: my emails are answered more quickly, the day is fresh, and it’s everything new. I pray your Monday is beyond blessed and you’re finding the joy of Christ in every moment.

What I’m Reading: At the start of the weekend, I finished Set Free: The Authentic Catholic Woman’s Guide to Forgiveness by Genevieve Kineke. Gevevive graciously sent me a copy of her book after reading my Catholic Stand article regarding the Feminine Genius and secular feminism.  Her book is a great study about as women, we can learn to forgive offenses from the smallest to the most horrendous. I highly recommend it. This week, I’m working my way through the Take Up and Read Rosary study, Ponder

What I’m Praying: This week, my fiance and I are going to re-start our habit of praying the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. The Chaplet is a beautiful prayer with a special focus on the mercy of Jesus. In addition to my daily Bible study and prayers, I try to pray a full Rosary or at least a decade. The struggle has been real lately!

What I’m Wearing: This week’s handbag is the Coach Saddle 23. Dusty rose leather, gunmetal hardware, classic silhouette, and crossbody fit: it’s my new favorite purse. I love you, Coach.

What I’m Hearing: The highlight of my Sundays (or Monday morning) is listening to The Coaster. It’s a fun and lighthearted oasis in the world of Catholic podcasting.

What I’m Writing: This week I’m working on an article for Catholic Stand about St. Bernadette Soubirous and Our Lady of Lourdes. In the past, I’ve written about Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Therese, and my conversion experience. During Holy Week, I was featured over at The Catholic Woman. This week, I hope to write a blog post about the Chaplet of Divine Mercy.

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What I’m Up To: Earlier this month, I was hired by a major charter school network in NYC. My new job starts this July and I am looking forward to the change. I will miss my family (especially my newborn nephew!) and wonderful parish family, but I am very excited about the opportunity to work in a new state and to live closer to my fiance.

Where I’m Going: In June, my mother and I are going on the Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises. My last encounter with Europe was 12 years ago on a 12 hour layover in France on a return trip from Israel. Like any 16-year-old, I drank a Diet Coke at midnight at the Eiffel Tower and thought I was very cosmopolitan. This cruise will take us from Switzerland to Amsterdam and I’m so excited!

Stay tuned and may God bless you this week!


Book Review: The Last Girl by Nadia Murad


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With all of the news today, it can be difficult to sort out between reality and fiction. We hear so many stories about captivity and torture at the hands of ISIS, that it’s difficult to relate to what’s going on halfway across the world. How could we possible relate to something going on thousands of miles away and so foreign to our sensibilities? This is where The Last Girl steps in a fills in the gaps.

Nadia Murad lived a happy, simple life in the little village of Kocho, Iraq. Though she struggled with poverty and some family tensions, Nadia notes that she never thought of leaving her hometown. On top of everything else, she lived in a devout community with those who practiced the Yazidi religion. Everything seemed to fall into place year by year.

Unfortunately, in early 2014, ISIS overtook Nadia’s small village. Deeming those who practice the Yazidi religion to be infidels, ISIS militants destroyed Kocho, taking Nadia and her family. In an act against humanity, Nadia was eventually trafficked as a sex slave, suffering rape multiple times at the hands of many men. Without divulging the whole plot of Nadia’s heroic tale, there is a positive ending.

If you are interested in international relations and stories of courage, I recommend The Last Girl by Nadia Murad.

I received a free copy of this book from in exchange for an honest review.