Worth Revisiting: Loving Lent?

Often people think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when they try to suffer for Christ, they become morose, centring more on their own sacrificial devotions than on God. Of course, Lent IS a time to get rid of the flub in our lives but only so we…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Loving Lent?

No More Striving

No more striving. No more work. Strong words, Commands actually. The words reverberate in my mind Over and over, Like a mantra. A Divine mantra. A Holy reminder to let God work in my core self, Unhindered by my meddling. This work of transforming Is a Holy work I just get in the way When…… Continue reading No More Striving

Small Success Thursday: Moments of Grace

Simple. Everything about God is simple and natural.Or as Saint Therese of Lisieux says,“Everything is grace”. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. Although Jesus surprised me by suddenly appearing in my life at 16, I tried too hard afterwards to grow in the spiritual life. I read all the complicated…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: Moments of Grace

DO WE TRUST MORE IN THE POWER OF GOD OR THE DEVIL?

We cannot allow fear of the devil and deception to be stronger than our trust in God’s Mercy and Grace. Fear freezes us, often preventing the inner spiritual journey that leads to fullness of life in Christ.  As Catholics, we are often leery of personal revelation. Of course we should be cautious but what are we so worried about? The…… Continue reading DO WE TRUST MORE IN THE POWER OF GOD OR THE DEVIL?

Visual Moments of Grace

With Jenny at Suscipio. Moments of Grace can be found not only in words, or the work of God in our life but in art, any art but for me especially in religious paintings, icons and stained glass. This painting of the Trinity, represented as a ‘Mercy Seat’ is found in the refectory of Santa…… Continue reading Visual Moments of Grace

Lawn Chair Catechism, Session 5: Grace and the Great Quest

In your own faith: It can be hard to settle our minds on the idea of “cooperating with grace”.  How would you explain the Catholic doctrine on salvation to others? The first answer that pops into my mind comes originally from St Theresa of Avila. Since I have carried this explanation within me for more…… Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism, Session 5: Grace and the Great Quest

Taking My Foot Off the Brake

Sabbath Moments and an awareness of God. Welcome to Colleen’s meme that she hosts on her blog Thoughts on Grace. Join us to share some of those moments when you either rested in the Lord this week or experienced Him in the ordinary.  “I do not understand the mystery of grace — only that it meets us where…… Continue reading Taking My Foot Off the Brake

Moments of Grace

Tell us about your Moments of Grace from this past week.  Where did you and God finally meet up in your day to day? One of  my daughters  just had her first baby, a boy who looks just like his Scottish grandfather and his father. Declan ( Gaelic meaning Good Man) looks exactly like both of them. No…… Continue reading Moments of Grace

Published in Huffpost Lent: Surrendering to Grace

“Everything is grace”- Saint Therese of Lisieux Lent: is a period of joyfully stripping off dead, dried up burdens and masks so I might  have the capacity to receive grace.  Sound complicated? It is rather simple, too simple.  Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. I am a typical…… Continue reading Published in Huffpost Lent: Surrendering to Grace

Moments of Grace Shining Through Stained Glass

“Everything is grace” Saint Therese of Lisieux But how do we receive grace? Simple.  Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. Although Jesus surprised me by suddenly appearing in my life at 16, I tried too hard afterwards to grow in the spiritual life.  I read all the complicated…… Continue reading Moments of Grace Shining Through Stained Glass

Keeping Love in Lent

“Are you feeling pressured to have your holiest, sacrifice and prayer-filled Lenten Journey this year? Do you ever find that you start out on Ash Wednesday with ashes on your forehead and so many sacrifice and prayer resolutions, but get discouraged by the second week because you can’t stick to them all? How about focusing…… Continue reading Keeping Love in Lent

Moments of Grace in the Snow

Moments of grace at Suscipio. Join us each week as we pause, look back on the week, and relish those moments–Moments of Grace. This is the chorus of the song I sing here  every week for the last couple of months Snow, snow and more snow BUT the second half of the ever reappearing chorus is wood,…… Continue reading Moments of Grace in the Snow