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Hi friends and welcome to the Arise, Beloved blog. We have an amazing team of writers behind this blog and our desire is to speak truth into the lies that cripple us and shine light into the darkness that isolates us because we believe that now, more than ever, the Church desperately needs women to be restored so that the world can be set ablaze. Our hope is that you find comfort, solace, and peace in knowing that you are not alone, you are not too far gone and there is ALWAYS hope to be found. 

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I was scrolling through Pinterest one day and I stumbled upon this quote, “I am mine. Before I am ever anyone else’s.”  The graphic fit my aesthetic: simple quotes in neutral colors that could be used as a screensaver. I didn’t really let the words sink in and kept scrolling only to stop a few […]

You Are Mine

Megan Byers

To preface this reflection, I am a New Orleans girl and I make King Cakes between the start of the new year, right up until Ash Wednesday. It’s a traditional cake and to go back to it’s Christian-Catholic roots, the three colors — purple, green, and gold — represent the three wise men and the […]

Mary, Martha, & The Balance

Kateri Leonard

“That’s not the kind of God I am.” I was watching a video from the Metanoia series by Fr. Dave Pivonka recently, and that line struck me.  He was speaking into the question Jesus asks his apostles: “Who do you say that I am?” We all have an adjective, an image, an experience, an idea […]

The Kind of God He Is

Shelby Hawks

Never try to grab for a falling flat iron. Just let it fall.  You may be laughing at those words; I get it, they are ridiculous. Perhaps you’re nodding your head with understanding, phantom pain emerging on a wrist or fingertip. Personally, as I’m writing these words, I am struggling to hold my pen with […]

Let It Fall

Megan Byers

Yesterday and today we’ve had our windows open for the first time since the fall. Every single year, the first signs of spring’s upcoming arrival fill me with so much hope, joy, and anticipation. The birds have come back and have started chirping again. We have a couple of cardinals that have made their home […]

The Hidden Gift of Winter

Mary Kate Anthony

A little over a week ago, on a very snowy night, I was in my first ever car accident. For years I have prided myself on being an excellent driver, no speeding tickets, nothing. But I certainly was humbled in that regard this particular night. Thankfully no one was hurt and no other cars were […]

Surrendering Materialism

Maria Powell

On today’s episode we talk with Marissa Ramsey and hear how she has learned to chose joy in the midst of the heavy cross of depression & anxiety. Marissa Ramsey is a special education teacher in New Orleans with a zeal for life and deep love for her job and her Catholic faith. She talks […]

S02 E08: There’s Always More to the Story with Marissa Ramsey

Podcast, Season Two

It wasn’t supposed to be this way, I said to the Lord in prayer a couple weeks ago. I was sitting on my bedroom floor, looking out of my window into my swampy backyard. My thirty minutes of daily prayer– finally stopping long enough to let my heart breathe, I realized I’d been saying, “it’s […]

Emotional Honesty

Anne Marie Schlueter

I recently picked up the book I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean C. J. D’Elbee, and what providence that the Spirit led me to pick up this book, because Jesus has led me into a space of complete abandonment.  I am not sure that I would have understood this radical call to let go […]

Called to Abandon

Shelby Hawks

I haven’t used my instagram account in about 4 months.  I can only last about 5 minutes on facebook before the endless feed of accomplishments and updates from people I haven’t spoken to in years becomes too much. It’s hard to hit the “like” button on posts that make my covetous heart ache.  I didn’t […]


Megan Byers

I remember the moment he said the words: “I’m sorry. I just don’t think we have the right connection.”  Waves of inadequacy and shame swept like a riptide through that Chicago alley, leaving me struggling and gasping for air in the storm of his rejection. I didn’t breathe again that night. Really, I don’t think […]

The Deadliness of Self-Rejection

Freedom, Jacque Anderson

Have you ever really thought about the weight of Mary’s yes? What all her yes entailed?  What all that yes cost her, or could have cost her? As a child, I remember always having this certain image of Mary in my head. She was almost more of a robot than a human being. I was […]

A Selfless Yes

Gabriella Gagliano, Trust

“What is the root of your reoccurring sins?”  This was the bold question slipped into a Sunday homily that led me to do some ponderous digging. I  thought about how we are all quite familiar with comparison which sometimes wilts into gossip or slander  and has the capacity to corrode into envy, greed, or pride. […]

Conquering Comparison by the Roots

Mary Dufresne, Mind

“‘Once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord’ (Eph. 5:8)…It is in Jesus Christ that you learn to walk always with your eyes open and to direct your gaze always towards Him.” – Bishop Bossuet Before You, we walked with our eyes closed because it did not matter.  Open or closed, […]

The Invitation to Open Our Eyes

Freedom, Shelby Hawks, Soul

Okay – warning y’all I’m boutta step on my soap box. As Catholics, my friends, we are not allowed to form our consciences through Instagram. We are not allowed to supplement our prayer lives with blog posts, and we also should not be in the business of “Jesus wins so I don’t care what happens […]

Practical Advice: In The World, Not Of It

Anne Marie Schlueter