Short Stories

Delilah

If there is anything in the world I see, it is one thousand mirrors all around. They reflect me back when I don’t even know that they are looking. It is little things, like climbing stairs and washing your hands and taking your shoes off when you get inside. It is little things that shine… Continue reading Delilah

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Catholicism

My Name’s Not Rebecca

In a classic episode of Spongebob Squarepants--a show that has been very important to my development as a human being--Spongebob and his best friend, Patrick, compete against each other in the most important sporting event of their lives: the Fry Cook Games. It is a fierce competition, despite the fact that we know that in his… Continue reading My Name’s Not Rebecca

Catholicism

Being the Crowd in the Passion Reading

When I was younger, right up until about this year, I felt really uncomfortable with the Passion Gospel in the liturgy on Palm Sunday and Good Friday. There are the obvious reasons for this, namely, the betrayal, abuse, and crucifixion of Jesus. The Gospel in these liturgies--fittingly--does not end with the Resurrection, and so even… Continue reading Being the Crowd in the Passion Reading

Catholicism

Stations of the Cross in a way I’ve never experienced

I'm not good at praying the Stations of the Cross. It's kind of a surprising thing. One of my favorite things about the Catholic faith is uniting suffering with Jesus on the cross, which leads to the really revolutionary concept that suffering can be redemptive. Conceptually, I can think about Jesus's pain and subsequent conquering of… Continue reading Stations of the Cross in a way I’ve never experienced