Between the Sundays

A Blog by Joannie Watson

"All Saints" by Fra Angelico

I need more messy saints…

I am looking for some messy saint stories. You know, the type of story that shows the person made a fool of themselves, or chose poorly, or even… sinned. Perhaps it sounds weird—we look to the saints to be our examples in holiness, so why would I want a story that showed the exact opposite? I need encouragement.  Sure, I […]

Photography by Jérôme Prax

Autumnal Adoration

It would be difficult for me to live in a place without seasons.  I do love warm weather and sunshine, and I know people who love their homes in Florida and Arizona, but I think I need the change of the seasons in my life. I love fall. I love bringing out cardigans and boots from storage, the sound of […]

"Pietà" (detail) by Michelangelo located in St. Peter's Basilica

The Feast of Our Lady Which Our World Needs Most

Every year on September 15, the day following the feast of the Exaltation of the Cross, we celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of Sorrows, when we call to mind the sufferings endured by Our Lady throughout her life, most importantly at the foot of the Cross. To someone unfamiliar with the feast, perhaps it seems like an odd one. […]

Our Lady of the Southern Cross

How — and why — do we celebrate Mary’s birthday?

The Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (September 8) is one of the most tender and natural feasts on the Church calendar. And although we date the liturgical feast to at least the sixth century, we can actually trace the celebration much farther back.  After all, don’t you think Jesus celebrated Mary’s birthday? Join Him in the […]

Being Worthy of Friendship

We have forgotten the meaning of many words, or, more dangerously, we have redefined the words. One of these words is the simple, ancient word: “friend.”  While I’m not going to accuse anyone of strategically conspiring to intentionally change the meaning, there has been a hijacking of the word to simply mean “someone who can look at your pictures and […]

Photo by Mitchell Bowser on Unsplash

The Solar Eclipse and Praise for Our Creator

Like millions of others, I experienced the total eclipse this week and am still searching for words to describe the experience. Blessed to live in the path of totality, I watched the solar-lunar dance in a field with a few hundred other people and exchanged emails and texts with friends and family who watched it in various ways. It was […]

Lessons from the Public Ministry Learned in a Social Media World

My job at the diocese is focused on forming Catholic adults. As St. John Paul II told us, adult catechesis is actually the principal form of catechesis in the Church, “because it is addressed to persons who have the greatest responsibilities and the capacity to live the Christian message in its fully developed form.”  Many of our parishes spend most […]

Detail of bas-relief depicting Clare receiving Papal approval of her Order on her deathbed. From the convent at San Damiano

The Patroness of Television

There is a patron saint for everyone—accountants and authors, bankers and bee keepers—and everything—travel and toothaches, Kentucky and kidney stones.  So it shouldn’t surprise us that as they became commonplace in homes, Pope Pius XII realized we needed a patron saint of television. He chose Saint Clare of Assisi, the famous female follower of St. Francis. On Palm Sunday in […]

St. Jean-Baptiste Marie Vianney, Cure d’Ars

Boiled Potatoes and Personal Holiness

Today is the feast of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests. When we look at the life of a saint like John Vianney, we might be tempted to believe that we can never be a saint. He certainly set the bar high for parish priests, spending almost his entire day in the confessional.  He lived off boiled potatoes […]

Photography © by Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles

The Power of a Habit

Last week my entire immediate family—8 adults, 8 kids—spent the week together on vacation. My sister is a Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia, or as they’re more commonly known, a “Nashville Dominican.” The Nashville Dominicans are recognizable by their full white habits and long black veils. When friends and family heard we were all going on vacation together—even Sister—we were […]