SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Leticia Ochoa Adams

April 10, 2021
An accidental reflection on Divine Mercy. There is so much to Catholicism: philosophy, theology, sociology and then the PR arm of everything — the optics — and all of these “parts” of Catholicism have their own beauty and depth and problems. It has been an amazing part of my life to get to learn about
March 25, 2021
On Monday of last week, the Vatican released a statement on same sex unions saying, among other things: “God cannot Bless sin.” This caused a lot of pain and confusion among LBGTQ Catholics. For that, I blame theologians who give people the false hope that the teaching on marriage in the Catholic Church will change.
March 08, 2021
Over the past few years I have been processing my childhood trauma in therapy. I have read a lot of books on the issue of trauma and what it means to be trauma-informed — I am sure that there is a technical definition of what “trauma-informed” means, but for me, it means understanding the biological
February 22, 2021
My husband and I moved in together in May of 2008. Both of us were drinking a lot during that time, while living together and caring for our seven kids. We had no plans for marriage. We made a lot of mistakes, fought a lot, and were both pretty dysfunctional. That is how it began.
February 15, 2021
I am on Twitter again — don’t ask me why, because honestly, I do not know if I can answer that honestly — I do love Twitter because there is so much information on it and I learn from people. I hate it because it goes so fast and because it is where some of
January 30, 2021
Catholics need to make space to have open and honest conversations about sex. St. Pope John Paul II did a great job in breaking ground for these conversations, but the lack of trust and belief in the good will of the people in them seems to have made it difficult to keep going. The language
January 20, 2021
Weeks ago I wrote an article on how we move forward from here. It came from thoughts I gathered after a visit home to my small town. One of the things I saw while driving around in my small rural Texas town that stood out to me is how it seemed as if the Trump
January 13, 2021
It is wild to see Whiteness work. I’m a Hispanic woman born and raised in Texas, so I’ve had a front row seat to White Supremacy doing its thing. I’ve watched people deny White Supremacy even exists, too. Anyone can see it clearly in all the ways that some people are bending over backwards to excuse
January 04, 2021
I am picking my own word and saint for 2021. Most years I use the generators created by Jen Fulwiler for this because it is an awesome tool. But this year the word that keeps coming to me is “intention” so I felt like that meant I needed to pick my word and saint of
December 29, 2020
Everyone is talking about goal setting again. It’s that time of year: a perfect time to discuss the reality of goal setting in my life. First, there’s the voice in my head telling me that I need goals and need to accomplish these goals and even what the goals need to be: a voice that
December 20, 2020
Motherhood is a gift to Leticia Ochoa Adams, without which she says she’d have been lost a long time ago: her children were the lamps led her on her way to God. I had my first child when I was seventeen. I found out I was pregnant when I was sixteen. I had four pregnancies
December 15, 2020
Netflix has recently released the first season of a series depicting the life of Tejano Music artist Selena, who was working on a crossover into English music when she was murdered at the age of 23. I was 13 years old when I became a fan of her music. I loved her song, “Baila Esta
January 04, 2021
It had been such a good day. In the snap of a finger, I was back in my garage trying to figure out if Anthony was really dead as I looked at his lifeless body. It was like the worst time machine ride ever. It happened so fast that I am sure I had some kind of mental whiplash.