Isn’t it sad that it is Jesus’ birthday and everyone gets presents except for him? That’s what the priest said at a mass for children at the school I work at. So I didn’t feel as bad when I didn’t have presents to give to my family members and friends at Christmas (a combination of [...]
Author Archive: Julie Rodrigues
Julie Rodrigues is a 26-year-old Portuguese-American who grew up in California, but moved to Portugal for college and has been there ever since. She has a degree in Theology from the Catholic University of Lisbon, is currently teaching English and has special interest in Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She blogs at Marta, Julie e Maria.
Some of the fondest memories I have of this year are the dinner parties I hosted at my house on liturgical feast days. They are memories of friendship, laughter, communion and a full heart. I thought I had come up with this wonderful idea of hosting saint day parties on my own, until I discovered [...]
Living in Europe (and more specifically, Portugal) has been tough in terms of politics lately. I would venture to say even tougher than in America, even with this thorny election. Today is another day in many recently when Portugal is on strike or protesting in the streets. Today is a “general strike” when all are [...]
This month marks the beginning of the Year of Faith. It has gotten me thinking; do I really have faith? If I lived at the time of Jesus, would I really touch Him? Approach Him and talk to Him with faith? I came across an interesting footnote to Luke 23:6-12 (The New American Bible, 1987), [...]
Why do people pray the rosary: to obtain special graces? to connect with God? as Christian meditation? in reparation for one’s sins and the sins of others? for world peace? The rosary is very mysterious and so are the effects of praying the rosary. How is it that by saying certain prayers while thinking about [...]