Suffering & Doubt

Flames and a pile of coals in a brick fireplace

5 Powerful Scriptural Songs of Praise During Trials

July 21, 2021

Job, Tobit, the Hebrews in the furnace… Throughout Scripture we find examples of of people who also experienced times of great distress, loss, or persecution, but who rose immediately to remind themselves (and, across the centuries, us) that God is still in His heaven.


Radical abandonment in theory and practice

April 1, 2021

The latest medical mystery in our house is unprecedented… and it’s a proving ground for the practice of radical abandonment.


The Seven Sorrows: A Model of Suffering that 2020 Needs

September 15, 2020

Suffering refines us, as we endure it, and it refines all of humanity, as we leave it at the foot of the cross, our own small pebble added to a cairn the size of the whole world.


On Loan, On Layover [Guest Post by Annamarie Adkins]

January 2, 2020

As we raise our children, we try to remember that we are their stewards for the time being. This practice is a little more intensified when your child nears the brink of death, and is brought back to life again.


What your grandma meant by “offer it up,” and how to make your life a gift to the world

May 7, 2019

You’ve probably heard the phrase “offer it up” as a super-Catholic, sometimes flippant response to life’s problems. If you’ve ever wondered what it actually means, this is the post for you.

Woman sitting in a field overlooking mountains

How to manage your special needs grief (without letting it own you)

February 19, 2019

A couple months ago an unexpected wave of special needs grief hit me like a ton of bricks during Mass. Here’s why, and here’s what I did about it.


To love these days like any other

February 1, 2018

Staring into the abyss without clinging tightly to the hand of God is a dangerous game. He’s calling me back to his side now. Take my hand, dear daughter. It’s time to cling again.


And so, we deepen

January 4, 2018

I believe now, in my bones, that God is in control and will order all these scary moments into a beautiful whole, someday.

Don’t I? I think I do. Right?


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. 

Faithful Not Successful

Emotional suffering requires love

July 14, 2017

Emotional suffering is the true epidemic of our times. A hospital in Bronx offers a revolutionary, simple solution: love.

Christy Wilkens

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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 🠖


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