March 2022 Favorites

Happy last day of March! It’s the warmest it has been all week and the sky is cloudy. Maybe it will rain. Here are some of the things that caught my eye in this last month: “Good writing is always about things that are important to you, things that are scary to you, things thatContinue reading “March 2022 Favorites”

Passport Photos

By: Gabriela Yareliz I greet my friend at the pharmacy. (He works at the pharmacy, and we always say ‘hello’.) He asks me my last name as he logs it into the photo printer computer in front of me, and we find out we have the same last name. Something we had not discovered yet,Continue reading “Passport Photos”

La Vida Alternativa

By: Gabriela Yareliz Aveces, cuando nos pasan cosas que nos cambian la vida, uno se queda preguntándose si hay una vida en un universo alternativo que le tocaba a uno. ¿Es que me tocaba otra vida y termine aquí? En estos días observando a desconocidos, me he preguntado si ellos se preguntan cómo hubiera sidoContinue reading “La Vida Alternativa”

Spring State of Mind

By: Gabriela Yareliz I laugh as I ask Alexa whether it’s raining. She says it won’t rain tonight and a downpour begins simultaneously. Guess she didn’t get the memo. It’s the first day of spring tomorrow, and it sure feels like it. Today was a sweater only day, filled with sunshine and a lovely coolContinue reading “Spring State of Mind”

The Flaws in Our Requests

By: Gabriela Yareliz What does it mean to ask for forgiveness of our sins? I found C.S. Lewis’ reflections on this so on point that I wanted to share his thoughts. He says that we often think that this idea of forgiveness of sins is pretty basic to our faith (and we gloss over it),Continue reading “The Flaws in Our Requests”

Change in the Air

By: Gabriela Yareliz Change is in the air, I was telling my friend Nikki not long ago. Sometimes, you just sort of feel it. We have had sunny days that hint at spring. They remind me of the hours I spent wandering the West Village toward the library on Leroy St. to go watch theContinue reading “Change in the Air”

Accountability and Abuse in the Church

My question is, how can we hold abusers in leadership accountable and also make it so that there are less vulnerable people falling prey. By: Gabriela Yareliz I won’t forget the day the bombshell regarding Ravi Zacharias’ sexual exploits became public. The board of his ministry, RZIM, released an open letter regarding the investigation. TheContinue reading “Accountability and Abuse in the Church”

The Thing with Dark Ponds

“People are like that, too, you know. They start over. They find a way.” Celeste Ng By: Gabriela Yareliz I am not going to lie– I can be an annoying person to watch something with. I dislike things that resemble the harshness of our reality. Don’t sit me down to watch some war film whenContinue reading “The Thing with Dark Ponds”

Olvido

By: Gabriela Yareliz I heard Erwin McManus say that when cultures do not change, they repeat behaviors. We see this in how the world operates. Political systems showcase this. Just the other day, I was looking at an article in The New Yorker which reminded me of the Pacto del Olvido (the pact to forget),Continue reading “Olvido”