Author Archives: Trista Garttner

A More Visible Witness

September 28th, 2011 | by Trista Garttner

In a moment of bravery during college, I signed up for the Students for Life Retreat with the Helpers of


Being Single.

September 14th, 2011 | by Trista Garttner

This weekend is my parish picnic, and I’m having a hard time deciding if I should attend.  I’m part of


A Pilgrimage, Not A Vacation

September 7th, 2011 | by Trista Garttner

The following days were a blur of sessions at the Love and Life Centre, Morning Prayer with my group, spending time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, cheering for Pope Benedict, participating in Mass, and making friends with other pilgrims in the streets. I joined in a dance circle of Spanish pilgrims, traded knickknacks with South Koreans, and brushed up on my rudimentary Italian when squished against a group from Tuscany in the Metro.


Cheering My Love

August 14th, 2011 | by Trista Garttner

When I first saw footage of people greeting and listening to the Pope, one aspect struck me as odd: Why



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