No More Mental Kung-Fu

Anxiety makes us ill in body, mind, and spirit.  It can be ingrained in our nature from the moment we are born because of original sin. Babies are not simply empty slates; they are complex little people who just happen to be preverbal. Babies are born with more than simply inherited physical characteristics but personalities…… Continue reading No More Mental Kung-Fu

Laugh and Grow Strong

  “Laugh and grow strong.” ( St. Ignatius of Loyola) I was stunned when I first discovered this quote by St. Ignatius because I associated the soldier-saint, who founded the intellectual Jesuit order, with the serious, arduous Spiritual Exercises. I could hardly imagine St. Iggy spouting a phrase which appears at first glance to be flippant.…… Continue reading Laugh and Grow Strong

Worth Revisiting: Laughter Turned a Tragedy into a Comedy of Errors

What was my reaction to this overwhelming scene? I leaned against the kitchen wall and slid down till I sat on the floor with my legs sticking straight out and started laughing. One evening, when I had only four children, everyone was finally asleep and Michael had gone out to play hockey with his house…… Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Laughter Turned a Tragedy into a Comedy of Errors

WORTH REVISITING: ” ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”

 Joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, not a gift given to a select few, but a by-product of living in the God. Sacred Scriptures exhorts us to trust and embrace the joy of the Lord. The very first time we became aware a Godly life could be filled with joy was…… Continue reading WORTH REVISITING: ” ‘Tis a Gift to be Simple”

God Is Joyful But Images Of His Followers Are Not

Christians must have managed to transform God into a stern task master who makes his slaves miserable  because there are hardly any images of Christian monks or priests laughing. Yet,  there are hundreds of images of Buddhist and Tibetan monks smiling , reflecting relaxed, joyful hearts.Thank goodness for Pope Francis, who lives in the joy…… Continue reading God Is Joyful But Images Of His Followers Are Not

Laughter, The Key to Sanity and Sanctity

Everyone has heard the cliché that laughter is the best medicine but this tidbit of wisdom is far from a trivial piece of pop culture or self-help nonsense; it has been proven scientifically that it is the hospital patients with a sense of humour who survive and thrive. I know that for me, laughter has literally…… Continue reading Laughter, The Key to Sanity and Sanctity