Stations of the Cross for the Pandemic

I wrote these Stations of the Cross with the Covid Pandemic in mind, as both a way to pray for those suffering but also to connect their suffering, and ours, with that of Christ. Each station recognizes the suffering of Christ at his passion, and connects that with a group that is suffering particularly during … More

The Great Letting Go

At some point in my mid-thirties I realized I was holding on a little too tightly. It manifested as an unshakeable anxiety about having control over my life, about what I thought I was supposed to be doing. This eventually led was a very Dante-esque experience: Midway through the journey of my life, I was … More

Harden not your heart

After the destructive and seditious actions at our nation’s Capitol this past week, I found myself filled with anger. Maybe anger isn’t a strong enough word. I felt rage. Wrath. Even after reading and praying over the Gospel for that day, when Jesus said to the disciples, “Take courage, it is I. Do not be … More

A 2020 Epiphany

The births of our first two children were laborious, frantic affairs. Due to long labors and deliveries, the babies were quickly hustled away by the doctors and nursing staff, and we were left too shell-shocked to really cherish the moment. So when our third arrived relatively quickly, smack dab in the middle of the pandemic, … More


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About Me

Michael J. Sanem has written for Give Us This Day, God In All Things, US Catholic Magazine, Millennial Journal, and the Leaven Catholic Newspaper. A former Bernardin Scholar at Catholic Theological Union, he works as a pastoral associate, homeless outreach coordinator, writer, and travel guide to Italy. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and three sons.

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