Interview with Skylar Chew on Mental Health

Anxiety and depression are broad terms that describe a variety of physiological and psychological responses. It’s normal for everyone to experience some anxiety and depression in life, like feeling anxious before giving a speech or feeling depressed after a breakup. But, for some people anxiety and/or depression can cause significant distress and interfere with daily life.

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Interview with Maria Abbe on Anxiety

Once I was in therapy, I was able to start talking through all of the messes in my mind. It has been a long journey for me, but as I’ve grown into loving and accepting who Christ has made me to be, I’ve been able to slowly let go of the eating disorder. I’ve come a long way, and I’m so grateful for all that’s brought me to where I am now. I still need to focus on managing my anxiety, which can get out of control if I don’t keep myself grounded, but I don’t struggle with an eating disorder and all of the baggage that comes along with it.

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Interview with Susie Oppelt on Depression

I used to think that if I loved God better, or if I were more lovable to Him (as if I could do anything that would make Him love me more or less than He does!), then my depression would go away. It made me realize, eventually, how harmful "prosperity gospel" thinking is, and also how easy it is to fall into that kind of thinking. Thankfully, my experiences have made me more aware of that and helped me to recognize it more in my own thinking and in others––and put a stop to it before it becomes harmful.

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Interview with Katie Kuchar on Anxiety and Depression

I continued to go to mass and pray regularly even though I wasn't feeling better, and this was hard because there were periods where I wondered if God had abandoned me or if I was doomed to live with anxiety and depression forever. Eventually, I came to realize that God was reaching out to me through the people he sent my way to help me sort through my wounds, my mess, and help me rediscover my true identity as a beloved daughter of God. 

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Interview with Shannon Evans on Befriending Mary

…As someone who was not a cradle Catholic, Mary was actually my initial reason for NOT considering Catholicism... and now she's one of my favorite parts about it! My husband was interested in confirmation years before I was and I have one specific memory of him asking if I thought we'd ever convert and I immediately—I'm talking ZERO hesitation here—said, ‘No, I just don't think I could ever get over the Mary thing.’

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In Pursuit of a Relationship with Christ: Melissa Riviere's Conversion Story

I was taught from a very young age that you either loved Jesus and did what he said and would go to heaven, otherwise you would go to hell; there was no middle ground. I struggled with this from an early age because it made me think I had to be perfect, even though Jesus was the only perfect human.

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A Father’s Love: Meity Chen’s Conversion Story

Since attending Catholic School, I have learned that God is a Father who is ever loving and forgiving and always reaches out to His children. However, when I was a teenager I could not imagine such a loving Father when the only father I knew was alcoholic and abusive.

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A Story That Started with a Pick up Line: Annie Vaeth's Conversion Story

In the summer of 2004 I toured Europe. The Catholic churches, art, and beauty called to my artistic soul. I had no idea that boarding a train to Rome would start my headlong fall into the Catholic Church. But it wasn’t Rome that pushed me there. I met a guy. A sandy haired, enthusiastic, charismatic guy. The first thing he asked me was “are you Catholic?” That’s a pretty lousy pick up line, but it still worked. 

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The Church, a Home for the Disabled and Suffering: Hannah Anderson's Conversion Story

Growing up in Baptist churches where the Bible was read regularly, I was always confused by the many stories of Jesus giving blind men their sight or lepers being instantly healed as a sign of their faith. I’d often hear that illness and disability were a punishment for sin and that real faith could cure disease.

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Week Two: Interview with Janet Easter on the Feminine Genius

Femininity is not an affinity for pink, puppies, or frills and the like. Authentic femininity is quite something to behold. It pierces through a world that is thick in efficiency, that has forgotten the dignity possessed by every person.

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