Deeper Life: What’s your “By Faith…” story?

Nothing is more important than this invisible jewel, this treasure, this flame inside of you. Thank God for the gift of faith, and nurture it’s growth until it overflows out of your soul like a healing balm of Divine love. By the grace of God, this morning I wandered into the book of Hebrews and […]

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, […]

Pray the Gospel: Wake me up to the glory of Your presence, Lord

Wake me up to the glory of Your presence, Lord – I want to be ready for You. Gospel Mt 24:37-44 Jesus said to his disciples: “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. In those days before the flood, they were eating […]

Pray the Gospel: “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.”

In glory where You belong, will You hold me in Your thoughts? Will You lift me into Your heavenly embrace? Gospel of Luke Chapter 23 Verses 35-43: The rulers sneered at Jesus and said, “He saved others, let him save himself if he is the chosen one, the Christ of God.” Even the soldiers jeered […]

Why my love for the Rosary is the greatest gift I can give my daughter

My daughter’s eyes lit up, and she relaxed into my arms, gazing up at me with a look of pure awe and wonder – that’s when I realized that at one, she already loves the Rosary. Why wouldn’t she though? When I found out I was pregnant with her, the other moms in my Rosary […]

Journey into the heart of God with Saint Teresa of Avila

In case you haven’t noticed from my blog title, I am passionate about the power of prayer. I’ve witnessed miracles and had mystical encounters that have motivated me to reorient my entire life towards God. For the last 15 years, every time I try to go further and faster toward an external calling, I wind […]

You are invited to stand in solidarity with refugees! The first official Unite in Prayer event is on August 8th …

You are invited to a Popsicle Party FUNdraiser for refugees on August 8th at 5:30 PM at Veterans Memorial Park, which is located at 1645 23rd Street in Bettendorf, Iowa. This family-friendly event is an opportunity to share summer fun and cold treats with open-hearted people like you, while expressing solidarity with refugees across the […]

Journey into the Heart of God with Saint Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was a fourth century mystic, activist, and author, who had a great influence on Italian literature and is one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Catholic church. She is famous for saying “If you are who you should be, you will set the whole world on […]

God is a spring of living water which flows unceasingly into the hearts of those who pray. St. Louis de Montfort

My journey into the heart of contemplative prayer, why I’m starting Contemplative Prayer Circle, and more importantly: What’s your prayer story? I want to hear all about it!

The first time I tried to meditate was a total and complete disaster – at least it felt like one to me. I loved everything about the candlelit prayer service I was attending, so I was surprised to discover that when we were invited to sit in prayerful silence, I was instantly confronted with something […]

Power of Prayer: How the Divine Mercy Chaplet healed my broken heart

If you could glimpse into my soul, you’d see a cavernous scar chiseled by darkness and filled with rays of glorious Light. You’d see my deepest wound stitched with radiant threads, golden and sealed with the grace of Divine Mercy. Who would I be without Your generosity, Lord? Where would I be without the depths […]