Well, hello! It only seems appropriate that if I’m preparing to share my thoughts and heart with you all here (Do people still blog? Is this even still a thing?), then we should properly meet first. Why does this feel like a first date…..
My name is Catherine. My primary vocation is wife to my dear husband, Matthew. We’ll just call him Matt from here on out. My secondary vocation (my professional one) is TV Host for EWTN News. Since 2017, I’ve been hosting a show called EWTN Pro-Life Weekly in Washington, D.C.
So….why launch this website? Why launch this blog?
- Honestly, I love writing and I want to write more frequently
- I want to discuss and ponder topics I can’t always cover on my show
- Social media is incredibly limiting in expressing complex views and ideas – and I refuse to limit myself solely to captions and character counts
Something I’m currently discerning is how open and vulnerable I should be on this platform….I’ll probably devote a post to that later. A trend I’ve noticed is that some of the most popular “influencers”, if you will, are people who share the intimate details of their lives – from private aspects of their health journey to should-I-know-this-about-your-marriage details. We went from Reality TV to Reality Instagram. And while I applaud the profound courage I see from people sharing their various life journeys – I can’t help but sometimes wonder – is this all prudent? Should we be sharing our hearts with – and please don’t take this wrong way- complete and total strangers?! I think each and every post should be prefaced with prudence. And that’s something I’m going to take into consideration whenever I discuss the behind-the-scenes of my life – not that, frankly, it’s all that interesting.
Okay, so here’s some more bio info for you, in case you decide to stick around here. I was born in Texas (shoutout to El Paso), raised in Florida (let’s go Tampa Bay), and now live right outside of D.C. in Virginia. I have an older sister and two younger brothers – and I love them dearly. I moved to Washington, D.C. immediately after I graduated from Florida State University in the Spring of 2013 to accept my first job with EWTN, the global Catholic network. It was at work in 2014 where I met Matt. I crushed on him hard for a year before we started dating – and we married on February 3, 2018.
In the craziness of 2020, Matt and I decided to do something crazy ourselves during this historically uncertain economic time and buy our first home. Here’s a picture the day we closed on the house! It’s been a blessing and yes – I recognize – a true privilege to settle into our first home in lieu of not being able to go out anywhere right now.
So I told you I’m married….check. Told you my job…..check. Told you a major 2020 accomplishment and why I’m writing here….check, check. I should also be upfront with you all and share that I take my Catholic faith very seriously. Like, I truly believe what the Church teaches seriously. I was watching an episode of 30 Rock recently (if you want to know how trendy I am, I only recently started it and it launched 14 years ago) and Salma Hayek’s character said to Alec Baldwin’s character: “Don’t tell me you’re one of those convenient Catholics who only goes to church on Sundays.” The line is obviously intended to evoke a laugh – HAHAH what if people went to Church more than just Sundays! Well…raises hand…..that’s what my husband and I strive for. It’s important for you to know that we strive to be saints one day. And that takes a whole lot of Jesus and a whole lot less of me. I love the saints and ask for their intercession frequently.
I think that’s enough to cover for the initial blog post for now. If you read this – I’m so grateful for you. I’m excited you’re here and I’m excited to see what topics we can tackle together next.