When Life is Messy

depression, despair, hope

Sometimes There’s No Happy Endings I have serious issues with unhappy endings, especially those based on real events.  I never even watched the Titanic  because I knew it was just going to make me like characters that would all be killed off at the end. I couldn’t bear it. Maybe because I’ve always struggled with depression and that type of movie doesn’t exactly add to my perkiness factor. I did, unfortunately, watch A Perfect Storm because my mother-in-law raved about how wonderful it was and that it was based on true events. My husband I watched it after the kids had…continued

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“God, Do You Hate Me?”

God hate suffering pain

The Bunion-Freedom Saga Continues Remember that foot surgery I said wasn’t going to be a big deal, even though it was going to hurt REALLY badly for a bit?  The pain was surprisingly mild the day of the surgery. I was even able to write about it while  in a minimally medicated state in the post  My View from a Room  a week ago.  The pain didn’t stay mild, and I stopped being able to think well enough to write. By day two post-surgery  the pain had definitely kicked into high-octane-not- laughing-at-the doc’s-warning-anymore-pain.  Don’t Waste the Pain There was plenty of pain to offer…continued

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My View From a Room: Post-Surgery

Bunion Surgery

I’ve been looking forward to this day for almost 30 years. The actual date was set about six weeks ago. Maybe it says something about how this year has been going for me so far that this will probably one of the highlights (definitely exceeded by my daughter’s confirmation last week, which I will likely tell you about sometime soon!) Today was Bunion Freedom Day! At least it was for me. My feet have been “old” feet since I was in my twenties and got my very first set of custom-made orthotic inserts.  My mother tried to convince me to wear…continued

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“Stay With Me, Lord!”

Stay with us, Lord. Luke 24:28

Photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0   “But they urged him, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening and the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. And it happened that, while he was with them at table, he took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them. With that their eyes were opened and they recognized him, but he vanished from their sight.” Luke 24:29-31 Sometimes I feel like I’ve lost my Savior, my Lord; or maybe I’ve forgotten how to pray. Like the disciples, I look at…continued

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St. Therese of Lisieux and Her Little Way

st therese little way

St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is patroness of this blog. She is a French Carmelite nun who died in 1897 at the young age of just 24. In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Therese to be a doctor of the Church. You can read more about St. Therese here at CatholicCulture.org .  We celebrate her feast day October 1st. (Happy almost-feast-day St. Therese!) St. Therese had total trust in the mercy of God and His love for her. According to The Society of the Little Flower, “Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love.” Her Little…continued

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In Gratitude for His Extravagant Love

Body and Blood of Jesus Christ

 A Prayer of Gratitude for His Extravagant Love Lord Jesus, You not only give yourself to me in Holy Communion, but You have grafted me on to be part of Your very own body. The mystery of it, the extravagant grandiosity of it stuns me. It is more than I can comprehend. Your Breath in my lungs, Your Blood in my veins, Your mercy ready to be expressed through me, Your love longing to love through me. As part of Your Body, Your Church, I have an urgent mission: to be an expression of Your love and mercy, to be an…continued

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Secret of Sanctity: Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Prayer to Holy Spirit Secret of Sanctity

The Secret of Sanctity Prayer is one of my favorites! It’s easy to memorize so you can meditate on the words anytime and anywhere. At the end of the post are some additional resources and a link to a printable prayer card.  I hope this prayer blesses you, as much as it has blessed me! Cardinal Mercier’s Secret of Sanctity Prayer “I am going to reveal to you the secret of sanctity and happiness. Every day for five minutes control your imagination and close your eyes to the things of sense and your ears to all the noises of the world, in order…continued

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