Childhood should be a time to play with freedom and joy without fear. Children need unstructured time for free play and even time to be bored because boredom is the birthplace of creativity. God also needs space and time to speak to our children’s lives. if we keep them in a constant cycle of enriching…… Continue reading Let Children Play
It is easy to become so busy addressing serious moral and religious issues that our spirituality is relegated to Sunday Mass and a few Hail Marys rattled off on the run.
Children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way; I cannot impose adult spirituality on little children because then I am not working in sync with what the Spirit of God is doing in their souls. “Unless you become like little children, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.” Children are like…… Continue reading Thoughts on Mothering in Christ
Everyone else had left the funeral home as Cecil’s family and mine shared another amusing memory and laughed together. I had broken the ice with the first story but soon everyone spoke up and added their favourite memory of Cecil and the Juneau’s. The atmosphere was reminiscent of a traditional Irish wake. I looked around…… Continue reading A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man
‘Whoever flees from prayer flees all that is good.’ St. John of the Cross Prayer. We often think of prayer as something difficult, especially contemplative prayer. If we read the classics, written by the saints, it seems to take years of arduous training to pass through gradually ascending levels to reach the pinnacle of prayer,…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer
Happy Thanksgiving to all Americans; Canada celebrated Thanksgiving six weeks ago. Just this last week, I have discovered a new dynamic between parents and adult children. I have decided to call it the tetter-totter of life because when we are weak, our children are set free to rise up to help, just as if they…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Tetter-Totter of Life
I have experienced a bit of the shock and wonder that Mary must have gone through when the angel Gabriel announced that she would become a mother. I can only imagine her initial sense of bewilderment at the idea of becoming a virgin mother of God; just becoming an ordinary mother was dramatic enough for…… Continue reading Saying ‘Yes’ to the Unexpected with Mary