Living The Gospel of Easter

Have you ever checked out Catholic Pinterest sites? I help edit the Catholic Pinterest Board, Awestruck, while the South African owner, “Äna” sleeps. I was shocked at first when I noticed most Catholic pinners are so focused on Christ’s suffering, they post images of the Crucifixion all through the Easter season, right past Pentecost without pausing…… Continue reading Living The Gospel of Easter

Christ’s Resurrection Triumphs Over Evil

“We proclaim the resurrection of Christ when his light illuminates the dark moments of our existence, and we are able to share it with others” (Pope Francis). Today’s Gospel: John 20:1-9 – Easter Sunday, the Resurrection of the Lord As I read the Easter Sunday Gospel, it amazes me that Mary Magdalen and the others who went…… Continue reading Christ’s Resurrection Triumphs Over Evil

Living in Joy No Matter What

No matter what our circumstances are, when our eyes are fixed on our Lord, we can live in joy. This is the normal Christian life, not for a few select saints. Jesus expects Christians to walk on water with Him, daily, no matter how much we would rather sink into hopelessness beneath the storms which threaten…… Continue reading Living in Joy No Matter What

Unresolved Grief and Mental Illness

The emotional and mental state of mothers affects children, even if they try to be upbeat and cheerful in their outer demeanour. Our kids can sense undercurrents of depression or anxiety because they are more intuitive and sensitive than adults. Mothers can’t fool their little ones because they “pick up vibes”. The topic of how…… Continue reading Unresolved Grief and Mental Illness

Am I Weak Enough to Be a Christian?

A good yardstick for assessing our success as living as a faithful Catholic is not to wonder how holy we are but how weak we are. A good question to pose would be if I have experienced confusion and doubt. Have I been broken and lived through depression and anxiety? Have I tasted failure and defeat? Do…… Continue reading Am I Weak Enough to Be a Christian?

But How Do I Change?

I was an utter failure in my self-prescribed role as a personal saviour. The truth is, Christians can change their outer actions through spiritual discipline but they cannot transform their inner spirits so they can say with St. Paul, “No longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me.”  Jesus had to die and rise…… Continue reading But How Do I Change?