About Mary Ponchak

Hello brothers and sisters in Christ! Mary is a college student studying Human Communication at the University of Central Florida. She was baptized Catholic, but her family left the Church for ten years returning when she was eleven. Mary has a deep devotion to the Eucharist, Our Lady of the Annunciation, and St. Therese of Lisieux. She is striving for holiness and desires to fall more in love with Christ each and every day.

Posts by Mary Ponchak:

"Light at the End of the Tunnel" by John McCullough

God Is Good, Always.

Desolation is the worst.  It can come so slowly that you don’t even see it until you suddenly realize you’re in darkness.  Spiritual desolation can take different forms and can occur for many reasons; it can involve spiritual darkness and turmoil, doubts, increased temptation, restlessness, and anxiety.  St. Ignatius says that feelings of desolation “move one toward […]

abraham and isaac

Here I am, Lord

A few years ago I went on a retreat for college students (though I was in high school at the time). The theme of the retreat was Here I Am and during Adoration everyone, after much prayer, received a bible verse that either said, “Here I am,” or at least dealt with answering God and […]

Adventskranz 3. Advent

O Antiphons, O Antiphons!

For some reason whenever I say “O Antiphons” I start say it to the tune of “O Christmas Tree” from Charlie Brown. The “O” Antiphons are possibly my favorite part of the Advent season. They are prayed during Evening Prayer as part of the Magnificat from December 17-23.  Each antiphon is a title for Christ […]

Mercy from the Cross

The Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy is upon us! The Jubilee year goes back to the Old Testament when: 1The Lord said to Moses on Mount Sinai, 2 Say to the people of Israel, When you come into the land which I give you, the land shall keep a Sabbath to the Lord. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, […]


Without Love We Have Nothing.

Recently while on a retreat I was able to witness the power and glory of the Holy Spirit in many ways. During a time of praise and worship in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Holy Spirit took over. People were experiencing Him through His many gifts, resting in the Spirit, praying over others, singing […]