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 […]

Simple Faith: Perseverance Through Trials

I never thought I’d be grateful for all the waves that crashed over me. They seemed so harsh at the time – relentless, cruel … but now I see how they shaped me – smooth stone girl, polished peace; simple, pure, true… Even in her wrath, I think the ocean worked for God … sanding […]

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, […]

Simple Faith: Walk toward the Light

I used to wonder about the darkness. I was obsessed with how it consumed some people and transformed them into cold cruelty, unyielding hardness. The answers settled into my bones as shadows, textures of despair- thick hopelessness, futility like a fog. What’s the point of shining in this world? Now I wonder about the light. […]

Where we get derailed on the spiritual journey

Inevitably, experiences like betrayal, illness, heartbreak and grief change our lives. The question is: for better or worse? I think suffering is the crossroads of our journey toward God. If we process our trials with faith, we can stay on track, developing attributes of forgiveness, patience, wisdom and understanding. We can grow spiritually, learning to […]

Incarcerated parent’s prayer

Lord, I have made some terrible mistakes, and I’m paying the price. Because I’m in prison, I can’t be there for my children physically,  but I don’t want them to suffer for my mistakes. I miss them so much, and I feel horrible for the pain I’ve caused them in my absence. Please be with them everywhere they […]

Unite in Prayer: To be filled with Divine Love

Lord, thank You for showing us what it means to love perfectly. Through Your life, death and resurrection, You gave us everything we will ever need to live as children of the Light, including Your Spirit. We can’t always control what happens to us, but by Your grace, we can control how we respond. I […]

Claiming the light

I know it’s easier for you to splatter black paint on me than it would be to accept the oil spill that your life has become. I also know I’m kind, quick to forgive and strong enough to scrape your darkness off me- without complaining too much. But the truth is: I am not a […]

Inner Workout: Transforming darkness into light through forgiveness

Thank you for casting so much darkness at me. If you hadn’t been so relentless, I wouldn’t have called forth so much Light. Now I shine like the noonday sun, and your shadows can’t come near me. I forgive you and will pray for you always.     Related Scripture Psalm 37:6 “He will make your […]