Simple Faith: Practice Gratitude

Saint Gianna said “The secret of happiness is to live moment by moment and to thank God for what He is sending us every day in His goodness.” What are you grateful for today?

Unite in Prayer to soften hardened hearts and prevent violence

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. God, we are seeing an increase of malicious violent acts in our society, and it is horrifying. It’s tempting to label the people, who […]

Spiritual Journey: Finding God in the brokenness of our humanity

When did the foundation of your life begin to crack? What happened that shattered your illusions once and for all? There are a million ways for our hearts to break; There are a million reasons to fall apart; And thankfully, There is one God, who rushes in to seal every fissure with Love. On the […]

Encouragement to seek God in ordinary moments

God hides the ordinary. Eternity wants to be found. In this moment, will you choose to look? Thomas Merton said “To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.” I agree. I don’t think God lives exclusively in church, and I don’t think spiritual experiences have to be lofty, angelic or mystical (though […]

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, […]

Thank You God for the gift of true and faithful friendship

Friends are like angels with pants on, who have the power to show up in ways we can see. Friends are God’s way of reminding us that His love really is with us, even when the prayer thing isn’t working out the way we hoped.   Saint Thomas Aquinas said “There is nothing on this earth to […]

Spiritual Journey: When it’s time to step out on faith.

You’ll never feel ready. There’s never going to be a better time. There are no guarantees in this life. But you can count on the Truth: a step into the unknown for God leads into the Light you’re longing for. What’s stopping you? My son likes to look at the stats of my Unite in Prayer […]

Encouragement for when you need more patience

I’m just a surfer waiting for the next wave of grace. I’m just a surfer praying for the strength to catch it. As humans with goals, there’s only so much we can do.  We’re affected by circumstances beyond our control like other people’s choices, world events and even our giftedness. Though it’s important for us […]

Simple Faith: Cultivating friendship with God

Prayer is a cup of coffee with our Creator, who loves us perfectly. We become the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Today, I encourage you to ask yourself: Is Jesus on your top five list? Saint Teresa of Avila said “Prayer is nothing more than spending a long time […]

Unite in Prayer for Peace

Creator of heaven and earth, Thank You for loving each and every one of us. Forgive us for ways we have harmed each other in our humanity. Today, I ask that you apply peace like a soothing balm to our aching world. Heal hearts that long for You. Through hearts, soothe families. Through families, soothe communities. […]