Susanna Spencer


Susanna has the privilege of being the wife of a young PhD and professor of philosophy, Mark Spencer, and the mother of three young daughters. She was raised Catholic in St. Louis, Missouri and attended the Franciscan University of Steubenville. It was there that she discovered a passion for theology and philosophy, and met Mark. Susanna earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Philosophy, as well as a Master of Arts in Theology and Christian Ministry from FUS. After her wedding she and her family lived for four years in Buffalo, New York while her husband earned his PhD. The Spencer family now reside in St. Paul, Minnesota where Susanna spends her time taking care of the minute to minute needs of her children, reading classic literature, cooking delicious meals and desserts, assisting at beautiful liturgies, and discussing philosophical and theological ideas with her husband (and more and more frequently with an almost four year old). She also writes on her personal blog, Living with Lady Philosophy.

Ask Not What You Can Get Out of Mass, But Whether Due Worship is Given to God

One of the problems with contemporary Christianity is that too often Christians focus on what they “get out of Church.” I am thinking specifically of the plight parents find themselves in when their sweet newborn grows out of sleeping at Mass and becomes the loud and active baby. Their experience of Mass changes from one […]

How the Charismatic Renewal Led Me to a Traditional Life of Prayer

Recently a friend from church asked me about why I started a new household when I was a student at Franciscan University of Steubenville. At Franciscan, households are groups of men or women who share a common spiritual devotion and way of praying. Usually students join an already existing one, but sometimes a group of […]

What Laura Ingalls Wilder Thought About Freedom

My family recently came home from a 17 day, 2,600 mile road trip to visit relatives. To pass the time on the road, we listened to a couple of audiobooks by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We have been going through all her books on our road trips for about a year now. We sympathized with the […]

Join Us in a Novena for Your Marriage

I have been writing a lot recently about holy families and holy marriages, taking much of my inspiration from the example of Blessed Louis and Zélie Martin, who were the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.  As I wrote these articles and after I published them, I realized that most marriages do not have an ideal […]

8 Ways to Build Unity in Marriage

Summer happens to be anniversary season in our family. We just celebrated my parents’ 34th wedding anniversary last Friday and my husband’s and mine on Saturday, plus other anniversaries take place later this summer. I asked my parents about their thoughts on what helps one have a lasting marriage, and from the fruits of that […]

Seven Reasons Everyone Should Read C.S. Lewis’ Space Trilogy

Most people have read something by or at least have heard of C.S. Lewis, and I would guess that of the things read and known it is usually The Chronicles of Narnia. Many people have not even heard of his self-proclaimed, “Modern fairytale for grown ups,” which is a wonderful trilogy of books called, Out […]

Book Review: Something Other Than God

During the three days it took me to read Jennifer Fulwiler’s memoir, Something Other Than God, my husband made the same joke every time he picked it up. He would skim the endorsements on the back of the book from famous Catholic authors, radio hosts, and even Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and then become extremely impressed […]

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