What my toddler daughter can teach us about contemplative prayer

She opens her heart and expects the heavens to shower graces like rain. Of course, they always do. How could God resist such sweetness? My daughter’s name is Celia, which means heavenly. She is truly a gift from God and a reminder of the gift that all children are. In the glory of her toddlerhood, […]

Deeper Life: How to cultivate the heart of a contemplative amidst the chaos of everyday life

In the silence of prayer, I am filled with a stillness that breathes within me. I am learning to rest in this calm without ceasing. Sometimes now, I can remain full of peace, while walking through the chaos that used to sink me. I am beginning to understand how I’m supposed to be in this […]

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, […]

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 […]

Gifts for the world from the heart of a stay at home mom

I am a stay-at-home mom with a global heart.  I would love to magically heal all the brokenness I see on planet earth and make everyone’s dreams come true like in a Disney movie, but I haven’t figured out how to do that yet, especially while caring for my own four kids. Running the hamster […]

Just a Reminder: You are being carried in your Heavenly Father’s arms.

After shopping last night, I found myself without a coat, lugging 6 bags of groceries and facing the challenge of walking through a total downpour to get into my minivan. Internally, I grumbled. It was cold, I didn’t feel like getting wet, and I didn’t want to deal with soggy bags of food. At that […]

Special Blessing for a child

Heavenly Father, bless this precious, beloved child of Yours. Fill his mind, body, spirit and soul with so much of Your Divine Love that it flows like a river of Life through his thoughts, through his words, through his choices, through his talents, and through his faithful presence in the lives of others, ever more […]

The power of moms who pray

Is there anything more powerful than a mother who prays? She doesn’t look like much, I know- on bended knee, alone But isn’t there something about a woman who opens her heart to the Lord? who is brave enough to realize her own vulnerability in loving these people so much? who is strong enough to […]

Prayer for my daughter before she’s born

God, thank you for the gift of this little girl, who is growing inside of me. As you shape and mold her from the very beginning of her life as part of our family, please bless her to know her worth as one of Your beloved daughters. Gift her with a healthy body and brilliant […]

Simple faith: Embrace the gift of new life

Babies are reminders of the innocence God used to create us. I can’t believe He lets us cradle pure love in our arms. He must really trust the process of life. He must really believe we can all come back to the truth of who we are.