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The Soulful Catholic Blog

by Joyce Coronel, caffeine junkie and mom of five

Rock on, believers in Christ!

Rock on, believers in Christ!

Once the COVID-19 pandemic struck, more and more people began walking the winding cement trail that hugs the network of canals in our part of the desert. Riding bikes, pushing strollers, jogging—entire families, couples, lone walkers listening to podcasts or music—my...

How Our Lady of Guadalupe won over a wordsmith via QuickBooks

How Our Lady of Guadalupe won over a wordsmith via QuickBooks

Thousands of people gather in Downtown Phoenix every December (unless there's a wicked pandemic about) to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe. A young woman from the community dresses up as la Guadalupana and stands atop a float in the long parade that snakes through the city...

Now is the time to lay your burden down for good

Now is the time to lay your burden down for good

We stood under a canopy in the parking lot, cameras rolling and clicking, microphones and recorders extended. It seemed like every local news affiliate had sent its crew. And then there was The Soulful Catholic carrying out her day job as a reporter with a local...

Are you ready to share the Good News?

Are you ready to share the Good News?

I was perusing the contents of my holy card drawer recently (if you’re a cradle Catholic, you know exactly what I mean) and came upon a prayer that left my jaw hanging.

Politics aside, we are brothers and sisters

Politics aside, we are brothers and sisters

The election looms and in my mind, I’m back in 1984, the first time I was eligible to cast a vote for the presidency. Ronald Reagan was running for re-election against Walter Mondale. The Gipper had managed one of the most memorable (and laughable) moments in...

‘The Chosen’ offers what your heart and soul have been longing for

‘The Chosen’ offers what your heart and soul have been longing for

Jesus heals a desperate leper who has been searching for the mysterious healer of Nazareth during episode 6 of the first season of The Chosen. --Photo courtesy of Vid Angel I’ve never been much of a watcher. Losing myself in a good book has always been my default mode...

Confessions of a reformed night owl

Confessions of a reformed night owl

Three in the morning and on deadline. I stared at the computer screen, fingers poised over the keyboard, relishing the quietude of the house.

From Venezuela to Arizona and thanking God in every circumstance

From Venezuela to Arizona and thanking God in every circumstance

They don't have Quick Trip in Venezuela, so we stopped for a sip of coconut milk at this bodega on the roadside. Living in the desert my entire life except for one unforgettable (albeit quite sticky) summer in Washington, D.C., you could say I’m accustomed to the...

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