Suffering Along the Little Way

St. Therese of Lisieux Suffering

Fr. Gabriel offers such encouragement and wisdom, I wanted to repost these reflections that were previously posted in 2009, with some updates.  The italicized excerpts sited are from “Divine Intimacy”  Reading #63  by Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalene, OCD. How Will We Be Transformed by Suffering? Suffering transforms us. God gives us the choice of how it will transform us. We meet people who have been transformed into bitter, angry people by the misfortunes in their lives and those who have experienced even greater tragedies, yet radiate joy and peace. We get to choose how we respond to the trials and tragedies…

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Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday in Our Home

Celebrating Divine Mercy

Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday, Post-Concussion-Style  I hope you had a blessed Divine Mercy Sunday and that you feel renewed in the devotion, too. It’s good to keep digging into the rich treasure box of faith that the Catholic Church holds out for us. There is such an abundance overflowing that it’s easy to “forget” about one jewel as we move on to examine and relish the next! This year there was more than one wonderful celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday within a thirty-minute drive. It was so tempting to go to one! I longed to take my fourteen year-old daughter…

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The Easter Way to Life and Happiness


“Love has triumphed over hatred, life has conquered death, light has dispelled the darkness!”   Pope Francis, Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi    Detail from a mosaic in the Rosary Basilica of Lourdes photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) From Easter 2015 Ubi et Orbi by Pope Francis:  “Out of love for us, Jesus Christ stripped himself of His divine glory, emptied Himself, took on the form of a slave and humbled Himself even to death, death on a cross… By His death and resurrection, Jesus shows everyone the way to life and happiness: this way is humility, which involves humiliation.…

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The Value of Suffering?


Station from Aberdeen Cathedral, by Gabriel Loire of Chartres photo by Fr. Lawrence Lew, O.P.  CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 *The excerpts in italics are from Divine Intimacy, Section 127: The Value of Suffering,                  by Fr. Gabriel Magdalen, O.C.D. Suffering is No Big Deal? What exactly is suffering? Can we only call it suffering when there is some great tragedy in our lives? Some people do not like to call the little pricks of life “suffering,” but Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. described it this way: ” Suffering is the disagreeable feeling which…

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My Story of Post-Concussion Syndrome


More info about Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at It’s now been five months since I injured my brain. This is my story of Post-Concussion Syndrome, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is one of the “invisible illnesses.” It can be hard for others to understand just how debilitating these injuries-that-can’t-be-seen are for those of us who suffer with them. The Great Snail Battle In mid-October 2014 I came home one dark night to find our front porch swarming with giant snails (okay, it was a small swarm of about 3-4,…

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My Fish Tail and Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

I felt a little guilty still eating chocolate during these 40 days of prayer, fasting, and alms-giving. But I’m getting in plenty of penance anyway, thank you very much! Never would I have imagined myself doing what I did today, and although it didn’t take the self-discipline of denying myself every time I crave chocolate, it did take a different kind of dying to self. The air was Florida-winter cool (high 60’s/low 70’s) with grey skies and not much wind as we started out on our afternoon walk. My elderly friend wasn’t even grumbling about the cold and I was…

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Lent: 40 Days of Love

I entered into Lent with a whimper and a whine this year. I didn’t want to give anything up. I’m holding onto sanity by a thread – and that thread is Coke Zero, chocolate, and potato chips. If I give up any of those I may lose my will to live. So I thought I would instead add something…but I hadn’t come up with something I felt I could commit to for 40 days, beyond getting my 14 year old daughter to agree to pray Evening Prayer with me on our matching Laudate Apps. The day began with me whining…

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The Prison of Unforgiveness


The Illusion of Control “I don’t want to forgive! Not forgiving makes me stronger!” I can still see her sitting there wearing unforgiveness as a mantle of protection, a look of distaste on her pinched face, a stiff manner contradicting her polite smile. She was like a turtle stuck during the vulnerable process of pulling itself back into its shell: not yet fully protected by the tough shell, but now unable to move away from the danger. Sometimes we may feel the same way – that forgiving will make us weak. We may hold onto anger and bitterness because they…

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Square Pegs, Round Holes, Blank Paper


“Lord, do with me what you will…” Sr Carmella of the Holy Eucharist, O.C.D.  “I think of this new year as a white page given to me by [our] Father, on which He will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, Lord, do with me what You will, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of  [His] divine will. Yes, Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the…

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Of Returning, Brain Injuries, and the Little Way

It has been so long since I last posted here on Little Steps Along the Way that there is nothing to do but to take a giant step of courage and proceed. You may not remember signing up to receive these email updates, and it has been about a year since one would have landed in your inbox.If you no longer want to have these little visits, please feel free to “unsubscribe” by clicking the link at the bottom of the email. The way I write may be different, and my words may not appeal to you. That’s okay, you won’t…

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