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, […]

Spiritual Journey: Rising above traumatic experiences.

The darkness that was meant to destroy you is your path now. You need to climb up this black mountain. Through anger into forgiveness and wisdom… Find your power. Learn to live in fierce solidarity with the Truth. Walk with your victorious God one step into the Light at a time. Rise above it all. Shine on the […]

Glimmers of heaven

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 […]

The funny thing about praying with incarcerated mothers.

I spent the afternoon praying with women, who were recently released from prison, and I noticed something I think is worth sharing: Incarcerated mothers are just exactly like the rest of us. The moms I prayed with are just ordinary moms, who happen to have spent some time in prison. Like every mom I know, […]

A little twist on turning the other cheek (designed by my kindergartner)

I think there’s a fine line between being spiritual and spirited. While I sometimes see signs of deep spirituality in my kids, I can always count on them for some purely spirited shennanigans. I must admit, I learn a lot about the spunky side of faith from my little boys. I notice my youngest  has developed his own […]

Expect great things from the Lord

This week for the first and last time, all three of my sons were in the same Christmas program at school. My eldest had overcome many fears to take on a lead role, and I had volunteered to work with the kids on their lines so was personally invested in many of them-I was looking […]

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 […]

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 […]