Becca in Tennessee
Tell us your name, age and your state-in-life!
My name is Becca McCaskey. I am 28 years old. I am a stay at home mom to my sweet boys (18 months and 6 months) and wife to my dear husband, Alex.
Where are you located?
I live down south in Knoxville, Tennessee
Are you a cradle Catholic, convert or revert?
When did you come into the Church and what did you convert from?
I converted to the Church in 2016 a few months after my wedding. I grew up in a Methodist church.
What’s been the biggest game changer in your Catholic faith?
Picking up a weekly Adoration hour has been the best addition to my prayer life and relationship with Jesus. Some days, I am so exhausted, but the minute I step into the Adoration Chapel, I am in complete peace. I love my weekly hour of prayer and reflection. It has made me a better wife, mom, and person.
Name a saint you identify with and share why.
St. Teresa of Avila is the patron saint of headaches. I’ve suffered chronic migraines for over 15 years, and lately I have found a lot of peace in the life and words of St. Teresa of Avila. St. Teresa of Avila was contemplative, prayerful, and an active reformer. These words of St. Teresa of Avila help me during times of anxiety and frustration: “Let nothing trouble you, let nothing make you afraid. All things pass away. God never changes. Patience obtains everything. God alone is enough.” – Saint Teresa of Avila
When have you felt most valued as a woman in the Church?
I have felt most cherished as a woman in the church throughout my pregnancies and my vocation of motherhood. I am comforted to have a beautiful sanctuary and supportive Church family to help me raise my sons as morally sound children of God.
What’s your favorite way to pray?
I am very easily distracted and it has taken me a long time to develop a strong prayer life. My most prayerful experiences are either early in the morning or late at night after my entire house is sleeping. In the dark and quite peace of my bed I can really sort through my thoughts and prayers.
Favorite liturgical holiday?
The Easter Triduum are my favorite days of the year, hands down. Since converting in 2016 and attending the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, I was swept in by the beauty of the Easter services and Easter miracle. From the washing of the feet, the adoration of the Holy Cross, to the various vestment colors seen throughout the three days, it is the most solemn and glorious days in the liturgical year.
What do you do for fun?
I cherish time spent with family, especially outdoors. I love cookouts and family dinner nights, where the day is spent cooking, playing, and watching sports, while the evenings are spent eating and relaxing. I love working on home improvement projects with my husband and taking my kids to parks, the zoo and Dollywood.
Three words that describe you — go!
Nurturing. Loyal. Emotional.