How praying the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary helped me learn to forgive

Deep down, isn’t this the grief we all share? Having to witness the loss of innocence, up close … and personal, where we can feel it for ourselves … In infinitely creative ways, we’re called to realize the excruciating death of Christ. We’re asked to stand for love, while darkness twist minds and hearts against […]

Encouragement to step into the Light of Christ

I am taking off my sunglasses. I am stepping out of the shadows. I want to see this glistening, golden, gorgeous Light for myself … I want to know: Can I keep my eyes open in the face of God’s Glory? How much of this Radiant Love can I stand? At 5 months old, it’s […]

Pure Guidance: A Thomas Merton prayer for when you feel lost …

Have you ever found yourself praying for clarity on the next step you should take in life, without receiving the answers you’re hoping for?    I sure have.    The more clearly I intend to surrender my life to God’s will, the more I am asked to relinquish control of my choices. On my spiritual […]

My spiritual writing journey

I shouldn’t be surprised I’m becoming a faith writer because I first felt a calling to write as a little girl at my grandmas kitchen table, while playing under a painting of the last supper. It wasn’t the artwork that influenced me, and it wasn’t my grandma either – at least not in a tangible […]

Instead of feeling sorry for the refugee family we were helping, I felt …

Pure joy. All eight of us were crammed in an elevator at the local health clinic when Louise started screaming at the top of her lungs. Understandably the single mom of 5, who had spent the last 20 years in a Congolese refugee camp, was startled when the floor started sinking beneath her feet. All […]

The benefits of facing giants

After his basketball game this morning, my son asked “Why do I always have to guard the biggest kids?” It’s true, I noticed the same thing. My son is pretty tall too, but he always winds up matched with kids, who are a head above him. It makes it hard for him to gain any […]

We need to claim God’s power

As Christians, we tend to naturally want to be humble, generous and essentially “good” people, which I’m all for. But I think if we’re serious about following Christ, we need to desire power too. The world is full of those, who relentlessly seek power for selfish reasons, which harm others. As Christians, we have a responsibility to step it up and […]

Expect great things from the Lord

This week for the first and last time, all three of my sons were in the same Christmas program at school. My eldest had overcome many fears to take on a lead role, and I had volunteered to work with the kids on their lines so was personally invested in many of them-I was looking […]

What to expect when you follow the still small voice of God

On my honeymoon in Hawaii years ago, everything was perfect except we could never figure out how to get to any of the obscure nature viewing areas we’d read about. Whenever we asked for help, the locals led us on strangely roundabout paths. One would direct us this way to a random landmark that looked like […]

Find a way to do what you loved as a child

At my son’s recent field trip to a literary festival, one of the speakers said “the happiest adults are those, who find a way to do what they loved as a child.” This caught my attention because after ten years of being a stay-at-home mom, I sent my baby to kindergarten this fall. I’m in […]