Welcome, one and all!

My name is Victoria. To introduce myself, you could say I am a woman of many hats. I am a fiction writer (fantasy is my preferred genre) and, as this site attests, a poet. I have a passion for Spain and Spanish literature and a history teaching Spanish, although I left that field to begin graduate studies in theology. My day job entails office work for a doctor.

I created this blog in order to share my poetry with any who may be interested in exploring Catholic spirituality. But why, exactly, am I making my poetry public? What are these poems about? Why do they reveal so many ups and downs, and so much interior struggle?

The short answer is: the Christian is always called to share the salvation and the love he has found in Christ, I am far from the only person to inhabit what is often termed “the desert”in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one’s relationship with God, like every relationship, develops gradually and never feels quite the same from one day to the next.

For the long answer, I encourage you to click on “My Conversion Story” to learn more about my personal journey. That story will give the sonnets a context.

I have been discerning God’s call for my life for a while now, but God has seen fit to “lead [me] into the desert and speak to [my] heart” (Hosea 2:13) rather than launch me into service through a clear idea of my life’s calling. He knows why, and His timing is never wrong. While I continue exploring options and struggle to walk each day as it comes, where I am, with God, I began writing these poems.

The following photos are from my trip to Rome in June, 2016. They are especially for my fellow desert-dwellers: never doubt you can visit some amazing places and undergo truly incredible transformations in the desert times of life!