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, […]

Journey into the Heart of God with Saint Catherine of Siena

Sister, saint, dear heavenly friend, please pray for me. Teach me how to believe like you did. Show me how to be brave like you were. Be the spark that helps me start a wildfire of God’s love, like you said we all can. Saint Catherine of Siena was a mystic, saint and doctor of […]

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 […]

Prayers to Light Your Path: The Seven Sorrows of Mary Rosary

just another heart pierced by the sorrows of this world, open enough notice I’m not alone, joined with the chorus of longing for a love big enough to heal the ache just another soul seeking wisdom from our Divine Mother, who has been through it all and more and is miraculously still overflowing with grace […]

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: What’s your “By Faith…” story?

Nothing is more important than this invisible jewel, this treasure, this flame inside of you. Thank God for the gift of faith, and nurture it’s growth until it overflows out of your soul like a healing balm of Divine love. By the grace of God, this morning I wandered into the book of Hebrews and […]

Simple Faith: Just hold on to your Heavenly Father’s hand, and allow Him to lead the way

All you need to do is hold on to the one, who is the Way. John 14 5-6 “Lord,” said Thomas, “we do not know where You are going, so how can we know the way?” Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through […]

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 … […]

Unite in Prayer with Saint Catherine of Siena

St. Catherine of Siena was a fourth century mystic, activist, and author, who had a great influence on Italian literature and is one of the first women to be named a Doctor of the Catholic church. She is famous for saying “If you are who you should be, you will set the whole world on […]