Alexandra Bochte

ALEXANDRA BOCHTE, JD, MA, is a theology student at Marquette University. She works as a mental health therapist helping children and families with trauma. She enjoys reading and writing about history, suffering, and spirituality.

Saying Yes to Love and No to Shame

Have you ever felt like a failure? Have you ever told yourself that you are too ugly or too fat to wear something? Have you ever not done an activity because you felt that you were not good enough? Have you ever told yourself you are unworthy and...

Gifts of the Spirit: Piety

Most high, all-powerful, all good, Lord. All praise is yours, all glory, all honor and all blessing. To you, alone, Most High, do they belong. No mortal lips are worthy to pronounce your name. All praise be yours, my Lord, through all that you have...

Gifts of the Spirit: Knowledge

This sixth essay will explore the Gift of Knowledge. This knowledge is not about how many degrees one has, how many facts one knows, or the prestige of one’s career. This Knowledge is about that which pertains to our eternal life. It is Knowledge of...

Gifts of the Spirit: Counsel

Once we are able to have Understanding, then we can begin to discover Counsel. Providing Counsel is a gift of the Spirit that is a wonderful, beautiful and helpful gift, unless we start talking from our own perspective and from our own desires. This...

Gifts of the Spirit: Understanding

“Call to me, and I will answer you; I will tell you great things beyond the reach of your knowledge.” Jer. 33:3. This fourth essay on the gifts of the Holy Spirit will explore Understanding. Understanding and Counsel (written about in Essay 5) are...

Gifts of the Spirit: Wisdom

This is the third essay on the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thus far we have discussed “Fear of God” and “Fortitude”. Next up is “Wisdom.” Oh wisdom, the thing that we all strive to have with age. There are many age old expressions and quotations for...

Gifts of the Spirit: Fortitude

In this second essay on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we will talk about “Fortitude”. If you have ever suffered or are suffering, this gift is especially pertinent to you. Fortitude is the gift that connects us to God in the depths of...

Gifts of the Spirit: Fear of God

Let us think about the number seven. God created the world in seven days, the Israelites were to cancel their debts and free their slaves every seventh year, Peter was told to forgive 77 times seven, and Naaman the Leper was told he would receive...