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, […]

Prayers to Light Your Path: The Our Father

Thank You Father for calling us ever more deeply into the safety of Your arms. Thank You for purifying the disposition of our hearts to more closely resemble Your own. Thank You for inviting us into the truth, onto the path of infinite love. Thank You for teaching us to forgive, to surrender, to trust […]

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 […]

Deeper Life: Choosing to grow spiritually through times of grief

When sorrow barges through the door of my heart like an unwelcome guest, I have learned to take a deep breath and welcome her as the clumsy cleaning crew she is, here only to sweep out cobwebs and dust, to freshen up the arrangement of furniture and clear out the superficial things I don’t need (or […]

Unite in Prayer with St. Gertrude the Great’s Prayer for Souls

In the Catholic tradition, it is considered a Spiritual Work of Mercy to Pray for the Living and the Dead. Jesus promised Saint Gertrude the Great that 1,000 souls would be freed from purgatory and sent into heaven every time this prayer is said with genuine affect: Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious […]

Deeper Life: Realize God’s presence in the depths of your own heart

You can travel to distant galaxies and dip your toes in every ocean. You can catch all the fireflies in the universe with your bare hands and watch them rise into the distance, a marvelous display of light … You can soar through shimmering clouds into the sunrise over grand ranges of mountain majesty … […]

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 […]