I wanted to blog, but all I had was this daybook…

boys atractorin

Outside my window: Cold and white with cold on top. It’s pretty, I give it that. Around the house: They’re in the bathroom doing something with toothbrushes and giggles. What I’ve been writing: The latest is a reflection on some reading I did for the Catholic Spiritual Direction Book Club – Saint Francis de Sales […]

Trusting in God


From my morning reading: May people today claim to love Jesus and call themselves Catholic, but they neither trust in Jesus nor in his Church. This is why I believe he wanted the specific phrase — Jesus, I trust in you — on the bottom of the Divine Mercy image. It could have read: “Jesus, I […]

Praying with Mary from Pope Francis


A Mary Moment Monday post Found this over at Father Z’s as I was putzing around the internet, checking out what Pope Francis has said about Mary. Mother of the silence that preserves the mystery of God, deliver us from the idolatry of the present, to which those who forget are condemned. Purify the eyes […]

Ignatius of Loyola on Suffering

christ on cross

If God gives you an abundant harvest of trials, it is a sign of great holiness which He desires you to attain. Do you want to become a great saint? Ask God to send you many sufferings. The flame of Divine Love never rises higher than when fed with the wood of the Cross, which […]

On not allowing guilt to fester

clean me

This struck me from my morning reading of Jesus of Nazareth, and I thought I’d share it here. The point is this: guilt must not be allowed to fester in the silence of the soul, poisoning it from within. It needs to be confessed. Through confession, we bring it into the light, we place it within […]

May Lent Inspire the Fire Within

a thought for lent

Ash Wednesday always has an effect on me. It’s not just my struggle with fasting, but also my struggle with authority. I wanna do it my way. I wanna just go along, be happy and comfortable and unencumbered. The thing is, being comfortable and unencumbered usually aren’t part of being happy, at least not the kind of […]

Off the Pedestal, into My Heart


A Mary Moment Monday post So often, she’s there up there. Above me in so many ways: she seems to have it all together, her clothes look nice, and doggone it, she’s smiling peacefully. Why can’t I be like HER? Her life is surely charmed, because the toddler she holds is behaving, and in church no less. […]

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