SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa

July 01, 2021
I’m supposed to be (as I write this) in Washington, DC, for the National Right To Life conference right now. I was all packed, had re-dyed my hair, and set a 4 am alarm for my 7 o’clock flight this morning, when my fifteen-year-old daughter, Eiffel, came into my room for cuddles last night around
March 25, 2021
With this column, the inimitable Destiny Herndon-De La Rosa brings her series of Improbable Hagiographies to a close. It has been an edifying and a delightful ride, and I am grateful to her for agreeing to let the Catholic Herald make the project part of Chapter House. There’s been a bit of a dust-up over
March 12, 2021
Editor’s note: An earlier version of this piece had a reference that appeared insensitive and inappropriate in light of recent events in the United States which the Catholic Herald deplores in the strongest possible terms. Readers are also cautioned that this series of Improbable Hagiographies offers: Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of
March 03, 2021
Cover image by Baldiri CC BY-SA 3.0 Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. Blessed Villana de’ Botti was born in Florence in 1332, to a merchant. She was a good kid, so good in fact,
February 18, 2021
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. David Blaine’s got nothing on Christina The Astonishing. Christina Mirabilis was born in 1150, in Belgium. She was orphaned at the age of 15 and became a farm girl.
February 07, 2021
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. So this week I decided to dig into the story of St. Afra. Born in 305 under the Roman Empire, she was a late convert to Christianity. Originally, her
January 28, 2021
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. Remember when we were little and we’d get scraped up from falling off our bikes? And remember how sometimes we’d lose a chunk of skin, and our moms would
January 16, 2021
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter.   Sometime late last year, someone asked me to write about Saints Perpetua & Felicity. They said they were quintessential pro-life feminist icons, so I was so excited to
January 02, 2021
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. Bernadette Soubirous was born in France on January 7, 1844. She was the oldest of nine children, most of whom passed away either at birth or very early on
December 06, 2020
If White Jesus™ is permissible, then so are other versions. Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. So I felt drawn to St. Faustina for a number of reasons. She was born Helena Kowalski on August
November 23, 2020
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. Balthild was born between 626 & 627. As a young girl she was sold into slavery and ended up at the house of Erchinoald, the mayor of the palace of
November 17, 2020
Scandalously irreverent and theologically imprecise briefs on heroines of the faith, written by a recovering Protestant agnostic seeker with practically no training and exactly zero filter. After the couple of weeks we’ve had, nay, the YEAR we’ve had, I figured a lot of y’all might want to get acquainted with this Saint. Am I right or
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