How to stop taking criticism and judgement personally

The other day at a local science museum, my kids discovered a talking robot that uses facial recognition software to interact with people. When they pressed they button, the human-ish looking robot said “look into my eyes and smile.” Then, after making some random electronic computing sounds, it declared  with authority what their age and […]

Learning to rise above drama and set healthy boundaries

Look out, firefly for grubby hands that like to catch bright lights and seal them in a jar. So full of radiance, you can’t imagine their jealousy- wanting to grasp a glint of something that can’t really be contained… willing to steal your freedom for an illusion of their own. Rise high, firefly- above their reach. […]

Deeper Life: Clearing internal blocks to freedom

If you take the time to remove each stone one by one, a doubt and fear at a time – gradually, the Living Waters will begin to flow more freely through you. If you want to experience the bubbling joy of infinite Divine Love, heavy lifting pays off. Jesus said “He who believes in Me, as the […]

Spiritual Journey: When we need to overcome a fear

 When we’re about to do something brave, the heaviness we feel is the weight of all the spirits we’re about to lift … Is there anything more inspiring than seeing someone face their fears to do something truly courageous? Doesn’t it kind of make you want to be brave too? Researcher Brene Brown says “Courage is contagious. […]

Spiritual Journey: Finding God in the brokenness of our humanity

When did the foundation of your life begin to crack? What happened that shattered your illusions once and for all? There are a million ways for our hearts to break; There are a million reasons to fall apart; And thankfully, There is one God, who rushes in to seal every fissure with Love. On the […]

Simple Faith: Encounter God in ordinary

God hides the ordinary. Eternity wants to be found. In this moment, what are you looking for? Thomas Merton said “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.” I agree. I don’t think God lives exclusively in church, and I don’t think spiritual experiences have to be lofty, angelic or mystical (though […]

Simple Faith: Keep Your Heart Open

If mercy is for any, it has to be for all. The poor and sick are human, just like the cruel and ruthless. If our love can’t embrace the truth about hard hearts, it’s not soft enough yet. Without mercy, justice will turn us into stone, too. Wouldn’t life be easier if everyone was kind, […]

Thank You God for the gift of true and faithful friendship

Friends are like angels with pants on, who have the power to show up in ways we can see. Friends are God’s way of reminding us that His love really is with us, even when the prayer thing isn’t working out the way we hoped.   Saint Thomas Aquinas said “There is nothing on this earth to […]

Encouragement for those, who are grieving

Sorrow is a tunnel that leads deep into the heart of our shared humanity, where we discover the mystery of God. While grieving, we can be tempted to feel alone. Even on the cross, Jesus in His humanity asked “My God, why have you abandoned me?” But the truth is found in Psalm 34 18: “The LORD […]

Spiritual Journey: When it’s time to step out on faith.

You’ll never feel ready. There’s never going to be a better time. There are no guarantees in this life. But you can count on the Truth: a step into the unknown for God leads into the Light you’re longing for. What’s stopping you? My son likes to look at the stats of my Unite in Prayer […]