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 […]

Finding beauty in the messiness of life

Who can take credit for the glamor of untamed wilderness? Meandering rivers, tangled forests, infinite shades of wildflower… I love how lavishly our Creator tosses seeds and allows them to grow freely. There’s something gorgeous about the messiness of life. If God wanted to, He could create a world full of structure and order. Instead, He created […]

Stealth graces

Where words are too clumsy to go, prayers move secretly like ninjas over barbed wire fences, past guard dogs of broken hearts, around locked doors of raw vulnerability into tiny windows of hope that were left open a smidgen, almost sarcastically: as if angels are going to save me from this grim reality. I know the truth. […]

Beauty in the ashes

It’s hard to see beauty when she’s dancing in the ashes of our broken dreams. But with chubby cheeks covered in soot, she’s always there kicking up dust, revealing an eternal perspective, which can be hidden but not destroyed.

Bright new life

I’ve seen the way life’s jungles open up into meadows more beautiful than we imagined. If we want to see God’s glory, we need to persevere. I say: Hack through the brambles, crawl through the muck. Sleep in a damp cave if you have to. Whatever you do, don’t give up. One day, you’ll burst […]

Encouragement to remember who you are

Believe it or not, You are made in the image and likeness of our Creator. You are Light. You are Love. You are Beauty. You are Truth. And You are WAY more powerful than you think. There will always be shadows, temptations like rain clouds knocking at your door- but You get to decide if you let them […]

A writer’s prayer

Great Creator of all beauty, I ask that You pour Your Spirit into my work as a writer. Infuse my words with Your Divine power. Inspire them with Your brilliance and love. Permeate them with Your miraculous possibilities. Pour Your graces into every sentence, so I can speak the fullness of Your truth in a […]

Me Too Prayer (for courage to speak out against sexual assault)

Thank you God for the swell of voices, who have found the courage to speak out against sexual harrassment and assault. It’s awesome to see the truth coming to light and justice being served in some instances. Today, I ask that You rise up even more brave warriors of truth to speak out against their […]

Thank You God for being our rock

Lord, Thank You for the power of Your Word and Spirit. Thank You for the sacraments of Your Church.  Thank You for all the faithful, who are doing Your work in the world. Thank You for the guardian angels working on our behalf. Thank You for Your voice in our hearts. Thank You for being so […]