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 […]

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 […]

Deeper Life: Finding peace in turbulent times

When the earth shakes and the darkness swirls around you … When the wind howls threats and your whole world starts to shiver… When you’re dizzy with grief and fear and horror … You can always find your way back into the center. There is always still peace in the eye of the storm. Sometimes, […]

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 […]

Unite in Prayer: Start a ripple effect of God’s love, which is more powerful than this pandemic

We can’t always see the way love flows through our hearts into the world around us, the way it creates invisible ripples that extend on and on, the way it travels faster than light across time and space into eternity, the way it pours down from heaven like rain and gradually soaks us through and […]

Just a Reminder: You don’t have to be God

I think it’s a relief to know who we are and aren’t … to realize there’s only one Light, one Bright and Shining Glory so high above our ways … the best we can do is look up in awe and allow our jaws to drop … to fall to our knees and invite our […]

Spiritual Journey: When you need to let go of control and follow Holy Spirit promptings

It’s not about about having a planĀ … it’s about learning to keep your eyes on the horizon, being alert enough to notice the Divine Spark rising like the sun over ordinary moments. It’s about looking up to the heavens and paying attention to how the Light shimmers down and casts a glorious glow over the […]

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 […]

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 […]