Penance

In college, several of my friends would ask me why I am a Christian, and my answer has always been that I believe in God’s love and mercy for humanity and that I desire to spread this good news through my actions and in how I treat other people.  His unconditional love cannot be fully …

The Gift of Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation are two sacraments categorized within the “initiation” stage of our lifelong process of receiving God’s grace.  Baptism endows citizenship to Heaven while Confirmation calls us to live and bear witness to the Christian life.  In hindsight, I recognize how my heart was turned back in the fall of 2016 to receive the …

Women Lead (and WomenLEAD)

I view my perspective on the importance of women's leadership as more subdued than that of others. This does not mean that I devalue the need for women to enter and thrive in visible positions of leadership. In fact, I've been frustrated by some things I've overheard in the realm of leadership in surgery over the past …

New Feminism and Women in Medicine

A couple of semesters ago, I sat in on an anthropology seminar and learned about the different waves of American feminism over the decades. I thought there was only one feminist movement! It turns out that there have been several. In the 19th century, first-wave feminists sought political power, primarily through the suffragist movement. Second-wave feminists …

Compassion, as we know it, is misguided.

Compassion is defined as sympathy and the desire to alleviate suffering. "To be compassionate" is merely to feel something about a situation. That's it. Understanding without action. First, I think about the concept of salvation on the basis of faith and good works. Just as all truly valuable things on this earth, salvation isn't free. God …

In a world of increasing competition, we must celebrate the success of others.

In light of my decision to receive the holy sacrament of Confirmation next year, I am beginning a mini blog series--some posts more religious in nature, others secular--to document my journey to strengthen my faith. This last year of college is a perfect time to commit to the process after having discovered more about myself in college, …

Exploring my [Catholic] faith

In January, I felt as though my heart had been moved, urging me to more fully connect with my Catholic faith. I can't really explain the sense of urgency I experienced to become more devout. Since then, I celebrate Mass at school in addition to at home and pray nearly every evening. I have a stronger relationship …