Dara Blandon

Testimony: from a cold God to an affectionate one

Dara Blandon, age 20: You would think that being an only child and having everything I wanted would make life easy, but it didn’t. It was empty and lonely. I didn’t have a lot of friends, and my parents worked all the time. They were also very religious, but I didn’t like the God that I saw in them. I truly had a life without purpose, and I felt very alone. One day I went …

Ánimo 2020

Are you grieving or feeling drained? I know I am. This year has wrecked health and hopes, and world events have dismayed and divided us. Rarely have so many of us felt such need for ánimo. Ánimo is a Spanish word rich in meaning: it’s hope, it’s strength of will, it’s bright eyes, it’s courage, it’s life. ¡Ánimo! is a command to “take heart!” or to «be of good courage,» but importantly, it’s also something …