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, […]

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 […]

Spiritual Journey: When you need to let go of control and follow Holy Spirit promptings

It’s not about about having a plan … it’s about learning to keep your eyes on the horizon, being alert enough to notice the Divine Spark rising like the sun over ordinary moments. It’s about looking up to the heavens and paying attention to how the Light shimmers down and casts a glorious glow over the […]

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 […]

Power of Prayer: How the Divine Mercy Chaplet healed my broken heart

If you could glimpse into my soul, you’d see a cavernous scar chiseled by darkness and filled with rays of glorious Light. You’d see my deepest wound stitched with radiant threads, golden and sealed with the grace of Divine Mercy. Who would I be without Your generosity, Lord? Where would I be without the depths […]

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 […]