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 mean OUR efforts are intense, no it is God’s efforts … 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 money to serve God and His people, most of us … 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 which were part of running a household of eleven.  . … 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 to surrender all to Christ and trust in His redemptive … 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 books on spirituality and then proceeded to strive and pray … 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 pops up. Surrender is not a popular word in our … Continue reading Surrendering Control to God

Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer

‘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, complete union with Christ where we can say with St. … Continue reading Small Success Thursday: The Mustard Seed of Prayer

All HE Needs

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 just getting in My way, Hindering my Spirit’s true purpose. … Continue reading All HE Needs

7QT Friday- God’s Timing Is Not Our Timing

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 my part. Mind you, I have written for 5-8 hours … Continue reading 7QT Friday- God’s Timing Is Not Our Timing

Sabbath Moments: Resting not Striving

  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 a slave to time. I see my life in God … Continue reading Sabbath Moments: Resting not Striving