Articles and Interviews

My Book
Lovely: How I Learned to Love the Body God Gave Me
My first book, published in December 2018, is the story of my life mixed in with what the Church teaches about bodies and how good they are, no matter their size or ability.


May 11, 2018
I Feel Pretty, The Greatest Showman, and The God Who Sees
Learning how to respond to movies that have both good and bad elements about bodies. 

February 8, 2018
Womanhood Series: My Body for God's Kingdom
In this inaugural post for's Womanhood series--asking the question of what does it mean to exist in the image of God as a woman--I tackle the biggest roadblock for my faith journey: my body. 

January 1, 2018
Starting the New Year with Rest
How would life be different if I started every day (and week and year) with rest instead of striving?

October 30, 2017
A Priest for All Seasons: Murder, Mystery, and Contentment in Father Brown and Grantchester
My three literary loves: mystery, England, and the Church, and two sleuthing priests who live among all of them.

July 6, 2017
Listening for the Whole Song of God
The importance of getting the whole context of a verse

April 28, 2017
Fat, Faithful, Fruitful: Bodies in the Church
J. Nicole Morgan interviewed me for this panel discussion on my experience as a woman with a fat body in the Church. The other women interviewed also bring wisdom to the conversation. 

March 27, 2017
Resolved: A Neighborly 2017
In my piece for the 'Your Best Year Now' issue of the Christ and Pop Culture Magazine (January 23, 2017), I write about how New Year's resolutions fail because we are missing something integral: our neighbor.

January 12, 2017
Welcomed as Refugees
This is my first-ever article published in print, in the magazine for the Diocese of Tyler, Catholic East Texas. It's the story of my father's family leaving Cuba, and the Christian hospitality they received as refugees in Colombia, en route to the United States. 

November 29, 2016
I'm Trying to Forgive Fidel Castro
Christianity Today Women published my response as a Cuban American Christian to the death of the dictator Fidel Castro. 

November 13, 2016
Dignity at Every Size
Don Clemmer wrote this piece for Our Sunday Visitor and I had the chance to be interviewed. I love what other people are saying about the goodness of our bodies as well as what I got to contribute. 

October 20, 2016
Is Christian Weight Loss a Prosperity Gospel? 
I had the privilege to write a post for Evangelicals for Social Action about how weight loss is treated in church and what the just response from Christians should be. 

June 22, 2016
The 25 Episode 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Bourdain, and 'Love and Friendship'
Jonathan Clauson and Sarah Kelley host this CAPC podcast where I face off against Kevin McLenithan and Sarah herself to see what gets nominated to the infamous 25--a list of the greatest pop culture contributions of 2016. 

June 9, 2016
The CAPC Digest: Christians and 'The Real O'Neals' with Amanda Martinez Beck
Tyler Burns and Drew Dixon host me on the CAPC Digest podcast about my Real O'Neals article and how Christians can engage with media that portrays values different than the ones held by orthodox Christianity. 43 minutes. 

May 27, 2016
Real God, Messy People: Christians and ABC's 'The Real O'Neals'
ABC's sitcom 'The Real O'Neals' is about a teenage boy coming out as gay in his very Catholic family. Is it worth watching, particularly for Christians? 

May 23, 2016
Christians and Plastic Surgery
Is it right for Christians to get plastic surgery? If our bodies tell our stories, what story are we letting our body tell? 

March 2, 2016
CaPC Digest, episode 25: Oprah’s Best Body and the Body of Christ with Amanda Beck
Drew Dixon and Tyler Burns interviewed me for the Christ and Pop Culture Digest about my article on Oprah. We had a great conversation on what it might look like to love people who struggle with their weight in the setting of the Church. 36 minutes. 

February 25, 2016
Oprah’s Best Body and the Body of Christ
Is it the job our churches to proclaim the year of our best bodies, or is it to proclaim the year of the favor of the Lord? 

September 11, 2015
Christian Hospitality and the Abortion Industry
What would it look like if Christians opened up their schedules, checkbooks, and homes to share life with those at risk for unexpected pregnancy?