Saints Let God Do All The Work

  Most of us have a skewed view of what it means to be a saint. Saints like St. Francis of Assisi and St. Thérèse exemplify the childlike spirit that God loves. St. Thérèse’s thoughts on prayer help clarify what exactly it means to live and breathe in, with, and through God. Intense prayer does not…… Continue reading Saints Let God Do All The Work

Me, Myself, and, I

If we are brutally honest, most Catholics must concede we view the world as if we stood at the centre of the universe with everyone and everything else revolving around us. This egocentric stance affects how we think, feel, act, and pray. Even though many committed disciples have renounced a ruthless pursuit of power and…… Continue reading Me, Myself, and, I

Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks

For me, it was easy to look like a saint on the outside as I mothered nine little people. The trouble was, although I looked like I lived a life of self-denial, losing myself to give life to others, I tended to over control. I depended on my strength to get through the overwhelming chores…… Continue reading Letting Go of Control Meant Mismatched Socks

You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

Man cannot transform himself into a holy being. As my Irish grandmother would say, “You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.” In other words, only Christ can transform us into His image and draw us into the heart of His Father. As a Catholic, I am invited to answer a call…… Continue reading You Can’t Make a Silk Purse Out Of A Sow’s Ear

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

Surrendering Control to God

The  pivotal point in my personal and spiritual growth was realizing that, in fear, I  clung to control. I have let go of this control at least a thousand times already. A thousand times of choosing to surrender fear and lies and trusting. Each time I peel back a layer, another deeper level of fear…… Continue reading Surrendering Control to God