Every society, every culture has a tradition of a scapegoat: a person or group of people to blame and punish for the sins of that particular society. Centuries ago, old women were blamed for poor crops, cows which failed to produce milk and any birth defects. Less superstitious societies turned on each new group of immigrants to…… Continue reading Why Most of Us Are Scapegoats, Not Saintly Martyrs
Ah, mothers. Aren’t they great? Always running around serving, Acting like a combination of Martha and Mary. A+ Mums, who are in control, right? Think again. When any one of us, whether a mother or not, refuses to give up control, we shut out the power of the Holy Spirit. In fact, we end up acting just…… Continue reading Mothers in Control: Holy Vacuum Cleaners?
Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him.
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
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
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
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
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
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
‘Whoever flees from prayer flees all that is good.’ St. John of the Cross Prayer. We often think of prayer as something difficult, especially contemplative prayer. If we read the classics, written by the saints, it seems to take years of arduous training to pass through gradually ascending levels to reach the pinnacle of prayer,…… Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer
We tend to rush around during Advent to get everything done before Christmas but the Church calls us to stand still in our hearts, waiting in silence, listening for the voice of God. Word sensed interiorly: You think you are building my Church With all your hectic activity. BUT You are…… Continue reading All HE Needs
This Week I am not exaggerating or acting like some immature drama queen. I mean, really, I have spent 18 years pregnant, nursing and rinsing cloth diapers in the toilet, for heaven’s sake. No, genuine miracles happened this week; I am still reeling because gifts simply fell into my lap, without any effort on…… Continue reading 7QT Friday- God’s Timing Is Not Our Timing
Welcome to Colleen’s Saturday meme. God reminds me yet again to rest. Resting in God means that I stop striving, stop my earnest efforts to become holy. Resting means giving up control. Resting is simply relaxing in His presence as I allow the Holy Spirit to transform me. I live in time. I am…… Continue reading Sabbath Moments: Resting not Striving
Our whispered hello to God and each other is called prayer. I am not just reciting theology when I remind you that there is neither time nor distance when we live and move and breath in the Spirit. When someone dies or moves far away, I don’t have to say good-bye just whisper hello, a…… Continue reading A Whispered Hello
Hello, and welcome to Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival. We are a group of Catholic bloggers who gather weekly at This That and the Other Thing. 1. The first post I would like to share is A Sister Friend Among the Communion of Saints 2. and Taking My Foot Off the Brake
Following on a suggestion by Jenny at Suscpico , I asked the Holy Spirit to give me a word for this year. To quote Jenny: “There is a common practice of “Naming” the year by setting aside a word for the year; a focal point to direct our days, weave our weeks together and attach month…… Continue reading Naming the New Year