Here’s how this week’s arts and culture piece begins:

“We draw people to Christ not by loudly discrediting what they believe, by telling them how wrong they are and how right we are, but by showing them a light that is so lovely that they want with all their hearts to know the source of it.”

–Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time 

My friend Tensie Hernandez helps run a Catholic Worker house up on the Central Coast. Last week she told me about one of the women she treats at their free clinic.

Fabiola is married to Nano. Their oldest child, Evelyn, 26, was born with cerebral palsy. She’s blind and mute. She has a tracheotomy and a feeding tube.

“La Reina,” Fabiola calls her. The Queen.



  1. Mary McCaskill says: Reply

    One of your best articles ever. Thank you.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      You know, Mary, I have to agree. I don’t know what it was about this story, but it allowed me to say so much of what has been on my heart, and of what it means to me to follow Christ, and to see him in others…thanks so much for the support.

  2. I love it when you kick me in the head/heart, dear Heather!

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      Ha ha, that’s what I’m paid for! Love to you, Glenda!

      1. I think you get it, Heather.

        1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

          Thanks, Robert–

  3. Anonymous says: Reply

    This one has me in tears. Thank you for realizing and sharing this light.

    1. HEATHER KING says: Reply

      I cried as I wrote it…one of those scenes that gripped me as soon as I heard it, the husband/wife, mother/father leaning over their daughter’s bed in the dark…I realized it “said” so many of the things that have been on my heart more clearly than spelling them out would have…Thanks, I’m glad you liked the piece.

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