Author Archives: swimmingthedepths

Catholic Exchange: Truly Living as the Mystical Body

Many of us live in cultures in which seeking help from others is frowned upon and viewed as weakness. We are told we should be able to go it alone and we define strength as one’s ability to do everything themselves. It should become readily apparent that this type of thinking is diametrically opposed to […]

Catholic Exchange: When Life Feels Like a Raging Storm

There are periods in our lives that feel like a raging storm. The winds swirl up at high speeds, the clouds darken to a night sky mid-day, and rain pours down. The torrential downpour comes in unrelenting waves and we feel like St. Peter standing in the boat staring in fear and awe at Our Lord […]

Catholic Exchange: Learning Balance Alongside St. Martha

A good many of us live busy lives. This busyness can become burdensome as we pack our days with activities, work requirements, family engagements, and especially during periods of illness or suffering. Our service to our families and our neighbors can become a source of resentment, exhaustion, and spiritual malaise. This is precisely why Our Lord […]

Catholic Radio Interview Audio File

  For those who are interested here is the audio file from my interview with John Harper on Morning Air this morning. I start at about 16:25. Pax.

Catholic Radio Interview Wednesday July 26th

Hi all, I will be interviewed by John Harper on Morning Air at 715am ET on Wednesday July 26th. We will be discussing my most recent Catholic Exchange piece on envy and suffering. Pax, Constance

My Husband’s Diagnosis

My husband’s lung biopsy results came in late yesterday afternoon. It is as we feared. He has a rare form of pulmonary vasculitis. We knew it in our guts already, but my first response was “dammit” and a lot of tears. The disease is Wegener’s-Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis. It is an auto-immune disease that attacks the […]

Catholic Exchange: Mary and the Intolerable Gift of Waiting

The Church has an entire season dedicated to waiting: Advent. This season not only reflects the waiting for the coming of Our Savior and the hope of the Paschal Mystery, but the reality that much of this life contains periods of waiting. This waiting may be something joyful, such as waiting for the birth of […]