work in prog·ress (noun)
1. an unfinished project that is still being added to or developed
Welcome! You’ll find everything Alessandra has to offer here: information about her two novels, her blog posts offering hope and inspiration, and more about who she is. Life is a journey, and we’re all just works in progress creating the masterpieces that are our lives.
I felt led by the Holy Spirit to voice my views on my role in the movement for racial justice and equality in the United States. There are a lot of statistics thrown around that don’t represent an accurate portrayal of the Black Lives Matter movement or the Black community as a whole. I address these stereotypes and misconceptions and encourage all people regardless of skin color, faith tradition, or political party to join together to fight racism.
I joined three other Black Catholics for a discussion facilitated by Simcha Fisher to respond to Abby Johnson’s My Biracial Boy Youtube Video. We discussed the prolife movement, the black community, black fatherhood, and what it means to be a black Catholic.
As a Catholic African-American, it’s important to navigate what’s happening in America through the lens of my faith and culture. Please pray with us and share the video to encourage others of faith to call upon our Merciful Father. I don’t know how to fix the problems facing our country, but I know the God who does.
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I’ve been Christian my whole life, but hands down this has been the most challenging Lent so far. Honestly, I thought it was going to be really hard to give up sugar and sweets for forty days. My morning cup of coffee and oatmeal were just not going to taste the same. But, I had no idea that I would be going without staples of everyday life like sending our kids to school, attending Mass, watching the NBA, or having a well-stocked grocery store while people around me began falling seriously ill and even dying. Continue Reading
Have you seen or participated in all the end-of-the-decade talk? It seems like a lot of people on social media are recounting all their accomplishments over the past ten years and making huge goals for the next ten to come. I use social media to connect with people and try to avoid falling into the comparison trap, so I noticed myself avoiding a lot of it. But then I thought back to the beginning of 2010 and realized I had my breakdown three months into it. How could I possibly not praise God for everything he’s done in my life since then? At one time, I didn’t believe I would make it through 2010. To be flourishing going into 2020 is nothing short of a miracle. So, I started to write an epic end-of-the-decade blog post, but then it became exactly what I didn’t want to read from other people. So this will actually not be that. Instead, I’m going to discuss the biggest lesson I learned since 2010. Continue reading.
Living in a social media culture can be challenging. Post after post, we’re shown snapshots of people living their best lives. Vacation spots, bikini pics, graduation ceremonies, award celebrations. Not only do we feature our highlights, but we often filter them, causing them to look even better than they actually are.
I’m guilty of it, too. Well, definitely not the bikini pictures. But as a mom and author, I post the successes. You won’t see the messy house, pile of bills, and overwhelming fatigue. I don’t boast about one-star reviews, or feeling envious of others’ success, or the seasons of waiting. Continue Reading
Seven Sorrows Scriptural Devotion
The rosary with seven septets dedicated to the suffering of our Blessed Mother goes back to the Middle Ages but gained new popularity following the Church-approved apparitions of the Virgin Mary in Kibeho, Rwanda in the 1980s. In her apparitions, Our Lady of Kibeho recommended that people pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows to obtain the favor of repentance. “More than ever, the world needs the Seven Sorrows Rosary.” (Visionary Marie Claire of Kibeho, Rwanda) Continue Reading