Gratitude Attack

Every year, as the days grow shorter and the skies grayer, I feel immense gratitude. The crisp autumn air, brilliant leaves rustling on the trees, and gusty winds bringing them swirling down to crunch underfoot – it all makes me immensely happy. It makes me so happy that, during this season, a certain angle of the sun on theContinue reading “Gratitude Attack”

I Choose Love

I was talking with a friend the other day and he was reciting an endless litany of all of the bad things going on in the world right now: terrorism, horrible refugee situations, the plunging stock market, eroding race relations, the selling of baby body parts, unstable international affairs, etc. He concluded, “Things just aren’t lookingContinue reading “I Choose Love”

“Who is Jesus for me?”

Pope Francis posed the following questions in his Angelus address on Sunday afternoon: “Each one of us can ask himself, right now, “Who is Jesus for me? Is He a name? An idea? Is He simply a person from history? Or is He really the person who loves me, who gave His life for meContinue reading ““Who is Jesus for me?””

What if I Just Don’t Have the Faith of Job?

I was reading this great piece by Dr. Gregory Popcak about how the way you were parented affects your experience of God. It’s a good read – I highly recommend it. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/faithonthecouch/2014/04/attachment-and-faith-style-how-parenting-affects-your-experience-of-god/ After I read it though, I was left with some questions. “So what if my parents were completely unattached and I grew upContinue reading “What if I Just Don’t Have the Faith of Job?”

Lessons in Love: Cupcakes and Mercy

I’ve been trying to live my vocation as a mother more purposefully. This morning I was praying, “Lord, show me how to be a better mother to my children. Help me to listen to you when you present us with opportunities for growth. Help me to be present with them in the way they needContinue reading “Lessons in Love: Cupcakes and Mercy”

A Letter to all the Moms and Dads, Caregivers, and Listeners

I was reading a great blog post this morning and it infuriated me. (www.patheos.com/blogs/publiccatholic/2015/06/im-triaging-my-life-for-thriving-not-just-surviving/ ). It left me in a tizzy  – the same state that I have been left in after countless conversations in the supermarket and on the sidewalk. The conversation is almost formulaic and it goes like this: “I am caring for my (insert nameContinue reading “A Letter to all the Moms and Dads, Caregivers, and Listeners”

Opening up to the “God of Surprises”

A friend of mine lost his mother this past autumn.  He was a good son – truly generous and always there for his mother during the illness preceding her death. Today, he was so happy that it looked like he was “floating on air.” So, I said, “What’s up?” He said he knew that hisContinue reading “Opening up to the “God of Surprises””

Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen

As I sat by the shore, warm sand underfoot, cool waves misting before me, my mind started to wander to the blue horizon.  Perhaps it was a recent game of pirate-themed, mini-golf that led to thoughts of mermaids in the sea…mermaids with long and beautiful hair.  Thoughts of long and beautiful hair led to thoughtsContinue reading “Sun-baked thoughts of Mermaids and The Magdalen”

“God is in the Details”

So, I have to give credit where credit is due. My friend, Mary Ann, just gave me the title for this post when I told her this story a few minutes ago. Listen to this. As often happens, I got busy with the end of the school year activities, work, and life in general and againContinue reading ““God is in the Details””