Women of Faith

woman-praying-bible-featured-w740x493

What God Did When I Thought My Crosses Were Too Small

This Lent, I resumed my favorite Lenten prayer tradition, praying for a different person, couple, or family each of the 40 days, offering all of my prayers, petitions, frustrations, joys, and sufferings that day for their intentions. It was a particularly amazing experience for me this year. Before the Lenten season, I had become unusually fixated on the fact that [...]

woman-praying-bible-featured-w740x493

40 Days Of What? On Doing God’s Will Instead Of My Own

I slipped away recently for a women’s retreat and while in a “prayerful” state, I decided to list my Lenten resolutions, the sacrifices I would offer during the forty-seven days in the desert.  While comfortably nestled in front of the Blessed Sacrament, I tore open my floral covered journal, wielded my Bic pen and scribbled all the ways I would [...]

Mother and ChildMother and Child

I Went to School for Years! Now I’m a Stay-at-Home Mom…?

The other day I was reflecting on a common frustration among stay-at-home moms—the seemingly “wasted” years of higher education that apparently get tossed aside when children enter the picture. Admittedly, I had moments leading up to the birth of my son when I felt that way. “I kicked my butt in undergrad and graduate school, just so I could change [...]

Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)Pope Francis (neneo / Shutterstock.com)

Are We Willing to Embrace a “Deeper Theology” of Women?

Where had I been all those years?  That was one of the nagging questions I asked myself as I found my way back to the Catholic Church.   How come I never heard growing up how Jesus was a true women’s libber; breaking the norms regarding the way men in His day related to and communicated with women?  Why, when gatherings [...]

The whole Wallace family at “Dr. Mom’s” graduation from LSU with PhD. 
The girls told me they were proud of me. The only thing I really remember about the ceremony is when I was called across stage to get the degree…
I heard the girls yell, “We love you Momma!” Well, I love you to the moon and back!The whole Wallace family at “Dr. Mom’s” graduation from LSU with PhD. The girls told me they were proud of me. The only thing I really remember about the ceremony is when I was called across stage to get the degree… I heard the girls yell, “We love you Momma!” Well, I love you to the moon and back!

What to tell the girls about motherhood and career…

Recently, I was invited to speak at the Atlanta Catholic Business Conference sponsored by The Integrated Catholic Life, EWTN, Belmont Abbey College and the Aquinas Center of Theology. It was a blessing to be among such faith-filled working Catholic laity, living in the truth by integrating their faith and all areas of their lives, including their work. I spoke about [...]

blessed-teresa-calcutta-profile-detail-featured-w480x300

Embracing Life’s Irritations — The True Path To Happiness

I traipsed up the aisle with a baby on my hip and four little ducklings waggling behind just before the choir belted the first verse of Sing Ye To The Lord.  We stopped at the entrance of a pew and my Sunday-dressed brood filed into their seats.  I followed them in, dropped my overstuffed diaper bag, knelt and surveyed the [...]

The Blessing of ChildrenThe Blessing of Children

What Every Mother Needs to Know About Raising Catholic Kids

  It was early winter, 1987. I was 24. I slipped into the bathroom for a blessed moment alone, just days after the birth of my first-born son. His had been a difficult birth. He was a challenging baby, not sleeping for more than an hour at a time, and fussy when he was awake. He didn’t nurse well. Or [...]

Blessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail)
Artwork © by Jef MurrayBlessed Virgin Mary with Roses (detail) Artwork © by Jef Murray

Did Mary Have Days Like This?

I didn’t have a good excuse. No sudden death, news of great tragedy, or personal fall-through. The clock just met 4:00, the kid of choice started with the customary late afternoon ranting, and it all unraveled from there. Somehow, the everyday things – the weight of my worries, the onslaught of my duties, the trial of just getting through the [...]

"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci"The Last Supper" (detail) - by Da Vinci

Making (Imperfect) Memories: What Great Things Might Be Happening?

A few years ago, I planned multiple Christmas projects so the kids and I could work together in a constructive, memory-making kind of way.  I admit to grandiose visions of homemade goodness prepared in an atmosphere of familial calm, peace, and love but the reality was more reflective of preschool playhouse bar room fights–if there were such a thing. Picture [...]

Mother and ChildMother and Child

Motherhood Is A Full Contact Sport And The Eucharist Is My Spiritual PowerAde

I woke up on the Feast of All Soul’s keenly aware that four out of five children had migrated into my room in the middle of the night.  This wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I weren’t weeks away from giving birth and already experiencing severe sleep disruptions.  With each of their noisy entrances, it took me an [...]