Prayer & Faith

It is finished

July 3, 2018

I’m sitting in Panera and 14 seconds after I typed the last word of this book about my pilgrimage to Lourdes, I hear singing in Latin. It sounds like the rosary being sung in Lourdes. I mean, it sounds EXACTLY like the rosary being sung in Lourdes.


#7QT: That time I went to Lourdes and got marching orders. (Twice.)

June 1, 2018

Sometimes discernment is hard. But sometimes, God just throws up his hands and does it for you. (Twice, if necessary.)


Miriam’s First Communion

May 29, 2018

More than a year ago, a ridiculous dream formed itself in my heart. On May 5, 2018, it actually happened.


How to pray when the answer is already no: A primer

February 13, 2018

This is not a simplistic “God never closes a door without opening a window” speech. It’s just a reminder that a negative (or absent) response does not have to mean the end of a relationship with God.

Deep Dive Fiji Sunshine by Erin Khoo on Flickr


December 29, 2017

I wish I could say I am secure enough in my trust of God’s plan and providence to voluntarily move deeper into the hard and messy stuff that is this life. That appears to be what He is asking of me in 2018.


Following God’s will is not a free pass from suffering

September 16, 2017

In asking us to willingly choose a cross and do work, God does not promise us any immunity from failure or from other suffering. 


Chasing the name

July 19, 2017

Diagnosing special needs children requires making peace with The Cloud of Unknowing.


Three Good Things, or the vacation that wasn’t

June 29, 2017

Help doesn’t come when or how we want it, but it’s there. You can always find Three Good Things.


That time we went to Lourdes and our son was healed

June 5, 2017

In which we address the elephant in the room and the million dollar question: What happened AFTER the baths?


A visit to Our Lady’s house

May 16, 2017

A pleasant springtime stroll through the Grotto of Massabielle turned out to be a revelation.

Christy Wilkens

Meet Christy

I’m a Catholic wife, mother of six, and writer who wrestles with the problem of pain. What does faith look like in times of adversity and struggle? I’m so glad to have you here, joining the conversation. Learn more about me 🠖


Sign Up for My Newsletter

You’ll be the first to know any and all news about my forthcoming book (fall 2021) from Ave Maria Press!

Something went wrong. Please check your entries and try again.