Camels or Jet Planes?

“We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with Him and Him alone. Our journey through life can be compared to a desert scene. We are all standing in a huge, modern, air-conditioned airport, peering anxiously through the plate glass, waiting for a jet plane to fly us to…… Continue reading Camels or Jet Planes?


Ah, we love to make fun of those in love, the young and the naive who view the world through rose-colored glasses.  But what about the rest of us, those of us who wear dung-colored glasses? We should chuckle just as loudly when we realize this tendency to see darkly. When I am miserable, nothing,…… Continue reading DUNG-COLOURED GLASSES

It Is Not a Fairytale

A book that questioned my basic premise about the nature of reality, rekindled joy in my drooping spirit then challenged me to change. Twenty-five years ago, my husband discovered a book at a Trappist monastery that changed our lives, called “Guidelines to Mystical Prayer” by a British Carmelite nun, Ruth Burrows. She describes Petra, a woman who…… Continue reading It Is Not a Fairytale

The Onion Metaphor and Communion With the Divine

For hundreds of years, spiritual directors in  the Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic  and Protestant churches, have used the metaphor of an onion to explain the spiritual life. I have referred it for decades because it is a perfect symbol, an image that really is worth a thousand words. It is easy to become discouraged when…… Continue reading The Onion Metaphor and Communion With the Divine

A Saint Lets God do All the Work

Listen to this astounding quote on the definition of a saint: “In fact, a saint is not one who carries out great feats based on the excellence of his human qualities, but one who allows Christ to penetrate their soul, to act through their person, He being the real protagonist of all their actions and…… Continue reading A Saint Lets God do All the Work

Lawn Chair Catechism: Openness

 Session 8: The Third Threshold: Openness When I speak with someone who is curious about the faith, I realize my revelations about the spiritual life in the Mystical Body of Christ are like speaking about a foreign country. Psychologically speaking, a person needs to hear a completely new concept at least three times before it…… Continue reading Lawn Chair Catechism: Openness

7QT Fridays

hosted by Jenny at Conversion Diaries Thoughts on mothering in Christ. children are open to the Spirit in a simple and natural way   Children are like sponges; they absorb values, attitudes, culture and spirituality simply through osmosis. However, it goes deeper than that. Children’s spirituality is not simply taught, it rises from within as…… Continue reading 7QT Fridays

Sunday Snippets – A Catholic Carnival

Welcome to the Sunday meme hosted by RAnn at This That and the Other Thing I wrote three Lenten posts but theses two posts are VERY interesting and unique.     Famous Prayer by a Not so Famous Saint This tough bishop knew the key to happiness   God Demonstrated His Love Surprised by God

Whispers in the Dark

Light always dispels darkness because darkness is simply the absence of light.                                                                                      …… Continue reading Whispers in the Dark

The Fountain of Youth

Youth is not found in a bottle of vitamins or in a jar of face cream. Advertizers have tapped into a universal craving to stop the relentless ravages of time in the human body by pushing countless gimmicks to keep us youthful. These products keep us healthy but the secret fountain of youth is not…… Continue reading The Fountain of Youth

The Call

I was frantic. Was I pregnant yet again?     Then,    The unexpected.    A blanket of peace    Wrapped around me.    Suddenly,    Joy, Light, Laughter Within. I heard words In my heart; ”This is you call. This is your vocation. This is your witness to the world. “ Confusion. ”People don’t…… Continue reading The Call

Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}

Moments of Gratitude I love Canadian weather with its four distinct seasons. The sun is still warm in the afternoon and the morning frost seems to leave the air feeling crisp and clean. Although all the leaves have fallen, we are still surrounded by tall evergreen trees, with a stand of 30 pines along the creek.…… Continue reading Catholic Woman’s Almanac {CWA}

Moments of Grace

Joyful tears of gratitude for my children; they are  signs of the mercy and grace of God. I am in the springtime of a new life. A life where I am actually alone at times for the first time in 32 years. This week my husband was on a hunting trip (he only shoots what…… Continue reading Moments of Grace

Build My Church

Words whispered in my heart. You think that you are building my Church With all your hectic activity. You are hindering my work. All I want, All I need, Is for you to Come and stand At the foot of my Son’s Cross. Let the fire of His Love Pierce your Heart, Transforming you into…… Continue reading Build My Church

Sunday Snippets

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s– for Sunday Snippets, where we share our posts from the previous week This weeks submissions The Communion of Saints A Theological Debate: Child’s Play

Spiritual Freedom

A sunrise. The light of truth dispels the darkness of confusion. Many traditionalists believe that church culture is the same as basic tenets of the faith. Challenging custom is then synonymous with challenging the faith. They are always right. As jean Vanier ( founder of L’Arche) once said, “You can be right. You can be dead right…… Continue reading Spiritual Freedom

Sunday Snippets

Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at RAnn’s– for Sunday Snippets, where we share our posts from the previous week Mystery of  Suffering– Unless You Become Like Little Children–

Unless you Become Like Little Children or a Frog

Children are delightful because they are not self-conscious and they really don’t worry too much about their appearance. Little people are too busy exploring the world and having fun just being themselves. Thomas Merton, a Trappist Monk,  once wrote that frogs and trees are holy because they simply are who they are called to be…… Continue reading Unless you Become Like Little Children or a Frog

No Jet Plane For Me?

    No jet plane for us Our journey through life can be compared to a desert scene. We are in the airport waiting for a jet plane to fly us to our oasis but a plane never seems to land for us. Meanwhile, there is a camel tied to the fence, with our name…… Continue reading No Jet Plane For Me?