Spiritual Journey: When you’re bogged down by heavy emotions

Pain is only beautiful once it’s grafted into the heart of Christ. Don’t hesitate to place all the ugliness you can’t bear into that sacred space, so high above, yet walking right beside us all along … He carries the weight of our world like gold into His kingdom. He transmutes our worst nightmares into […]

Spiritual Journey: When you are isolated from your community

There is no such thing as alone – not when you believe in angels and Jesus and the living, breathing Spirit of God that is palpably present with you in every moment. You are never alone when you have faith and countless saints, who are cheering for you from the sidelines of your life. It’s […]

Encouragement to realize the miracle you are

You are a miracle of Light Christ’s fire radiates through your heart into everyone around you. You have the power to warm hearts, to start a wildfire of love, to spark faith, to transform lives. You are a daughter of God.   Saint Catherine of Sienna said “If you are who you should be, you […]

Prayers to Light Your Path: The Seven Sorrows of Mary Rosary

just another heart pierced by the sorrows of this world, open enough notice I’m not alone, joined with the chorus of longing for a love big enough to heal the ache just another soul seeking wisdom from our Divine Mother, who has been through it all and more and is miraculously still overflowing with grace […]

Deeper Life: Strengthen your faith through empathy

To pray, just gather the sorrows of this world into your heart like roses until they are too heavy to carry alone, then you can finally learn to experience the joy of surrender.   Psalm 34:18 “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” In this world of […]

Deeper Life: Choosing to grow spiritually through times of grief

When sorrow barges through the door of my heart like an unwelcome guest, I have learned to take a deep breath and welcome her as the clumsy cleaning crew she is, here only┬áto sweep out cobwebs and dust, to freshen up the arrangement of furniture and clear out the superficial things I don’t need (or […]

Unite in Prayer: How to plan a candlelight prayer vigil

Last year around this time, I organized a candlelit prayer vigil for a friend, whose unborn child was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. It was a beautiful opportunity to gather as a community and focus on Christ’s ever-present light in the darkness of what they were going through and what at some point in life, […]

Spiritual Journey: Through the seasons of life

When it’s been winter for so long you’ve forgotten the smell of flowers, the color of grass and the whisper of a warm breeze … When earth has been frozen for so long, you’ve forgotten your aversion to the bitter cold and found your peace in the barren wasteland … When you’ve embraced the palette […]

Prayers to Light Your Path: For your walk through dark times

The darker the road we travel, the more we can learn to depend on the Light within Luke 17:21 “Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” As you journey through this dark time of your life, I pray you can become increasingly aware of the Light of Christ in you and all around you, […]