The Soulful Catholic Blog
by Joyce Coronel, caffeine junkie and mom of five
Do we see Jesus in disguise, right in front of us?
Susan was doctoral candidate with a bright future the night her life changed forever. The evening bicycle ride with her husband was something they did regularly but would never share again. After the freak accident in 1994, her entire left leg had to be amputated.
Boldly sharing Jesus with a world bent on destruction and thirsting for hope
“Jesus hears ya,” the flashing, digital billboard declared as I slowly drove past.
Does God enjoy making us crack up?
Never doubt that God has a sense of humor.
Courage from Christ: ‘With My Heart beating in you, there’s nothing we can’t face together.’
The month of June is a scorcher for those who dwell in the sizzling metropolis of Phoenix and this summer is no different. The Soulful Catholic remembers all too well the year Sky Harbor International Airport was forced to shut down because officials didn’t know if aircraft were safe to fly when the mercury hit 122 degrees Fahrenheit.
Searching for peace? Listening for the still, small voice of God in a noisy world
There’s a grotto on Mount Carmel in the Holy Land where you can visit the cave in which Elijah once took shelter during a fierce storm.
Peace the world can’t give, at your fingertips
For many people, even those of deep faith, lingering anxiety remains one of the more sinister aftershocks of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trip back in time reveals God’s gift of mercy for sinners like me
I left the house that Saturday morning in plenty of time to make the 30-minute drive to my class.
The truth rocks: God’s love is real and it’s here
It’s been less than two weeks since Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix issued an Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, but the treasure contained therein is already having an impact.
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.
St. Patrick’s Day: Irish roots extend deep in faith, family, and a wee bit of merriment
We may have grown up in the scorched desert of Arizona, but our mother made sure we five kids never forgot our Irish heritage. And it wasn’t a matter of simply wearing green on St. Patrick’s Day, either.
Leaning into Lent
Why do we give up stuff for Lent? The answer is more complex than you may have imagined.
Mrs. Dreamer and Mr. Pragmatic celebrate Valentine’s Day…with true Love
It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and at our house that can only mean one thing.
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
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
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...