potomac before it was potomac

photo of the Potomac by amomentmore I love this section of the rail between Virginia and the District, this rupture in the underground above the slate river. I love the frosted shards that floated beneath us this morning, the jade color that fades into cobalt by the time your eyes reach the horizon – something thatContinue reading “potomac before it was potomac”

the saints Catherine

Photo via my friend Amanda, 2 February 2014 My parents say they called me Catherine because it’s a classic, the name of many saints and queens, the kind of name that never goes out of style. But of course in our churches a baptismal name is also a point of entry into tradition, uniting aContinue reading “the saints Catherine”

Mother Maria in wartime

the martyr Mother Maria of Paris (1891-1945) Mother Maria Skobtsova, by then already a survivor of the Russian Revolution, reflects as the Second World War rages through Europe: Human nature, fallen, permeated with sin and its consequences, is a heavy thing. If we try to understand what happens to the human soul in moments ofContinue reading “Mother Maria in wartime”

another round of goodbyes

You’re hard-pressed to find any Italians in Little Italy, which as we all know is just a differently decorated part of Chinatown where the most spoken language is actually Spanish and nobody seems to understand how sidewalks work. But there’s a beaten tin café on Mulberry Street where an old Italian man boxes up cheesecakesContinue reading “another round of goodbyes”

Holy Saturday

While Christ lay dead the widowed worldWore willow green for hope undone:Till, when bright Easter dews impearledThe chilly burial earth,All north and south, all east and west,Flushed rosy in the arising sun;Hope laughed, and Faith resumed her rest,And Love remembered mirth.  “Easter Even,” Christina Rossetti (x) It is hard for me to accept that itContinue reading “Holy Saturday”

St. Maria Skobtsova

If we decide responsibly and seriously to make the Gospel truth the standard for our human souls, we will have no doubts about how to act in any particular case of our lives: we should renounce everything we have, take up our cross, and follow Him. St. Maria Skobtsova, “On the Imitation of the MotherContinue reading “St. Maria Skobtsova”

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