SPIRITED THINKING SINCE 1888
Leticia Ochoa Adams

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
November 29, 2020
Every year my social media feeds are full of parents who are launching their children into the world. The usual steps are: kids graduate from high school and are accepted into college, which leads to fall dorm move-ins. I have often heard the term “failure to launch” for any young person who does not follow
November 27, 2020
I have always loved watching elections. There are just so many variables and it is so much fun for me. There are usually some good historical tidbits told by news anchors to fill airtime while waiting for results, too. If you watch in anything close to the right spirit, the whole thing can be …
November 05, 2020
We have been sold the lie that comfort and self-preservation is the goal of this life, and that the thing to say is “it’s complicated” or “it’s complex” when we want to avoid feeling—being—uncomfortable. It is not. Truth is freeing and it makes us uncomfortable. We will choose easy narratives (including conspiracy theories) over Truth
October 26, 2020
“We become what we love. We ‘identify with’ what we love. We find our identity in what we love. St. Augustine knew that well; that’s why he wrote: Amor meus, pondus meum – ‘my love is my gravity,’ my weight, my destiny. We become what we love the most, what we send out hearts out
October 12, 2020
“All extremes, are to be encouraged. Not always, of course, but at this period. Some ages are lukewarm and complacent, and then it is our business to soothe them fast asleep. Other ages such as the present one are unbalanced and prone to faction, and it is our business to inflame them.” – Screwtape I
October 09, 2020
My husband and I were married on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, a decade ago this week. It was one of the happiest days of my life. The only other ones that comes close are the days when my first and second grandchildren were born. The last ten years have been full
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.