Author Archive: Rachel Zamarron
Rachel is a wife, Catholic, and cowgirl. Married to her sweetheart Sam, the two of them are enjoying the adventures of life hand-in-hand.
Some of us Catholics count our “Catholic credentials” by our knowledge of obscure catholic words; some of us by how many bishops we can name; but most of us use our knowledge of the saints as the absolute litmus test. For me, memories of All Saints Day parties surface each November, and the endless quest […]
A few years ago, a mission trip took me to a small church in Africa. The sights the smells and the culture will forever shape my life. The experience was life-altering in ways I can’t begin to describe. On one particular night, I was on duty in the back section of the church with a […]
Blowing out the Catholic Cool-O-Meter is a Jesuit brother by the name of Br. Guy Consolmagno. If you haven’t heard of him yet, do yourself a favor and pick up one of his books. Br. Guy is an American born research astronomer and planetary scientist at the Vatican Observatory. Yes, a Catholic religious brother was awarded […]
A parish priest from the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, is working to raise funds for one of the two parishes he staffs. Holy Rosary Parish has great financial need. With Father”s permission, I am re-posting his wish list here. There is no better time to give to such a worthy cause than during the […]
The stores filled with Christmas items especially early this season, “Santa Baby” playing endlessly on the local radio station since late October. Christmas all around me and I am already getting tired of it. Yes, I sound like the famous character of Ebenezer Scrooge from A Christmas Carol. “Bah! Humbug!” There is a festiveness and cheer […]
Much has been said about the Synod on the Family, underway in Rome right now. Ink has been spilled, opinions made, worry and confusion abound. We hear the drama between bishops, opinions from both sides of the spectrum. Frustration, fear, hope and excitement, all tied together in these historic weeks. As a young, newly married […]
A year and a half ago, my husband received a phone call that would change our lives. A priest friend of ours was starting a new project and he was building a team for it. Thus began our partnership with Father Maurice Emelu founder of Gratia Vobis Ministries, and priest of the Catholic Diocese of Orlu […]
Exhaustion, stress, feeling overwhelmed… These feelings can become a part of our lives, pushing all of the joy to the back burner. Life’s beautiful moments of happiness become almost an after-thought in the middle of the daily grind. It always amazes me how God uses little moments in our day to speak to us. How […]
In the midst of all of this we are called to something greater. We read in Philippians 4: 6-7, “Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will keep your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Peace? What is that? We say. It feels like a meaningless word, and not something we can actually apply to our lives.
This fiery church we see in the Acts of the Apostles is the one Pope Francis spoke of at WYD Rio when he said, “What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day? I expect a mess. There will be one. There will be a mess here in Rio? There will be!
Do you struggle with anger? Does a close family member or friend? Are you known for your Irish-red-hair and the fact that you are incapable of playing sports without a blowup of some sort? Anger – so much of it. It fills every corner of the web and spills over into our personal lives. Or […]
News broke a few days ago that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has issued an apology following the disclosure that he spent 2.2 million on his new residence. Catholic Culture points out that when Archbishop Gregory realized that he “had caused scandal by spending over $2 million on a new residence”, he was quick to take responsibility […]
It happens- opposites do attract. My husband and I knew that as soon as we started dating. He is a deep thinker – thoughtful, artistic, incredibly hard working – everything I am not. It was those differences that drew us together in the first place. A friend once told me not to worry about whether someone was my same temperament, […]
By now, if you are like me, you have already lost track of your New Years resolution. Learn Spanish? Who has time for that. But the new year brings a fresh desire to improve ourselves. There is something magical about the idea of a clean slate, and a new start. It brings motivation to be […]