The Gift of Suffering

“God loves us, so He makes us the gift of suffering. Through suffering, we release our hold on the toys of this world, and know our true good lies in another world. We’re like blocks of stone, out of which the sculptor carves the forms of men. The blows of his chisel, which hurt us so…… Continue reading The Gift of Suffering

Evil Has no Power: Small Success Thursday

My  week can be summed up best by an 8 word story, written in the tradition of Ernest Hemingway’s famous 6 word story. An 8 word story Impenetrable darkness imprisoned; brilliant flame of truth freed. An Augustinian priest prayed for me on Monday. Then, during silent prayer, while I simply lay, resting in his presence, smiling like…… Continue reading Evil Has no Power: Small Success Thursday

The Universality of Mystical Experiences

I was editing an essay for a university religion class for my youngest about mystical experiences when I was struck by this quote. Read mystical literature from anywhere around the world and you will discover  “passages that speak of mystical, self-transcending participation in an ultimate reality that is far more important than the momentary evils that…… Continue reading The Universality of Mystical Experiences

Small Success Thursday: Finding God in Infants and Icons

* My first small success involves infants , my grandchildren. I miss connecting with infants, not simply with their hearts but with their spirit as well. It was a gift to connect with a newborn again, to know that they know, that I know, that they are not idiots but vibrant souls who are in communion with God.…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: Finding God in Infants and Icons

Litany to the Love of God

God whispered: You think that you are building my church with all your business but you are hindering my work on earth, not helping me. All I want, all I need is for you to stand before the cross and allow the love of my Son to transform you into His Presence on earth.[ The stained glass…… Continue reading Litany to the Love of God

7 QT Friday- When Goodwill is Not Enough

When I started writing columns about my life as a mother of a large family, I was not ready for the backlash that came not from secular society ( I had experienced that my whole married life) but from other committed Catholics. Perhaps some angry comments come from people who feel guilty for preventing pregnancies…… Continue reading 7 QT Friday- When Goodwill is Not Enough