"To the extent that we nourish ourselves and are in love with [Christ], we feel within us the incentive to bring others to Him: indeed, we cannot keep the joy of the faith to ourselves; we must pass it on."--Benedict XVI
About The Evangelista
Hello and welcome to The Evangelista! I’m Christina Dehan Jaloway, a thirty-something Catholic Texan with a passion for the True, Good, and Beautiful.
I started this blog back in 2011 when I was teaching high school theology in Washington, DC, and originally intended it to be a fashion/style blog, hence the name "Evangelista" (evangelist+fashionista=evangelista). Over the next couple of years, I shifted my focus to personal growth, spirituality, and story-telling. I took a blogging hiatus from 2014-2016 for reasons that are explained in this post, and am super excited to be back. I kept the name because its literal meaning is "evangelist", as in, a person who preaches the Gospel, which is what I aim to do every day. I also still love to wear cute clothes.
My hope is that this blog will be a source of encouragement, hope, and healing for those who read it. I don't consider myself "brave" when I share about my struggles with depression and anxiety or the fact that I go to therapy or that I didn't completely *love* my twenties. I share my experiences because in nine years of teaching high school, I've learned that telling the story of how Christ has saved me over and over again is the best way to help others see what Christ is doing in their lives right now.
That said, this is still the internet, so I don't share everything. If you want more detail about a particular post and it's appropriate to give you more detail, I will happily do so if you email me.
What else? I got married in 2016 at the age of 33 to the love of my life, and I'm SO glad I waited for him. In March 2017, we found out that baby #1 is on the way, and we are thrilled (and a little terrified). God is very good.
In addition to loving bright colors, being outside in the sunshine, wearing skirts and dresses, kombucha, 85% dark chocolate from Trader Joe's, hiking, and Italy, I'm also a HUGE nerd. I love, love, love to read and learn new things. I also love to talk about the books I've read and things I've learned. And I consider myself Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's biggest fan.
I'm also the Associate Editor at Spoken Bride, a Catholic wedding website for brides and newlyweds. If you or someone you know is getting married in the near future, check it out!
Thanks for stopping by my little corner of the interwebs; I hope it's a blessing!