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by Joyce Coronel, caffeine junkie and mom of five

Reality: A bucket of ice water to awaken us, before it’s too late

Reality: A bucket of ice water to awaken us, before it’s too late

What we’ve always considered to be true and the actual truth aren’t necessarily the same thing.
That lesson was brought home to me last week when a relative sent me a document detailing the list of passengers from Ireland who set sail for America in April of 1848.

Leaning into Lent

Leaning into Lent

Why do we give up stuff for Lent? The answer is more complex than you may have imagined.

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...

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