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Santa Monica and Saint Monica

I’ve walked past this statue hundreds of times in the last half century. I always wound up shaking my head because St. Monica is made to look so Nordic. 139 more words

Southern California

East is East

As I walked nervously out of Annaba airport with T late one afternoon in 1989,  an amazing sight emerged out of the gathering dusk. High above the city, a floodlit byzantine fantasy stood outlined against the dark hill behind, shimmering white and gold and seeming to float in the air like some heavenly apparition. 852 more words


St. Monica + Cinderella?

If you read my post from last Friday you know that I’m in a bit of a slump at the moment. Obviously it’s not something I want to continually write about (I mean, it is kind of personal to publicly blog about, and no one likes a complainer, right?), but today it’s relevant in order to lead into this post. 447 more words

The Most Intimate Encounter: Called to Consummation

I find it difficult to take spiritual counsel from other women. I could enumerate the reasons why: that I am proud and selfish, that there always seem to be too many words and qualifying statements involved, that I don’t like… 1,213 more words


Patron Saints to Intercede for You as You Prepare for Marriage

A friend of mind, a non-denominational Christian, once gave me a piece of advice when I was going through a hard time that I just couldn’t follow. 1,072 more words

Feast of Saint Monica (27 August 2015)

As we celebrate today the commemoration of Saint Monica, the mother of the great Father and Doctor Saint Augustine, we come to one of the poignant readings to be found in the Liturgy of the Hours. 479 more words

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A Mother's Love: Saint Monica

I was sixteen-years old when I was going through the Confirmation program. When it came time for me to pick a saint, I was torn between all the single saintly ladies: Teresa of Avila and Catherine of Siena were my top picks, but so were Agnes of Rome, Maria Goretti, and Cecilia.  1,128 more words