Bringing Light into Suffering with the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

Stained glass rising with golden light shining through

As the horrible shooting massacre was taking place in Orlando, just a couple of hours drive from me, I was up late writing and researching for a new blog post. Ironically, the post was to be about pity, sympathy, empathy and compassion; about suffering and sin and gratitude. At the moment I can’t write about that subject, as my heart is too immersed in the suffering of these many souls, the living and the dead, the family and friends, the tourists and town and state and country. As these feelings of profound grief diminish, I will be able to return…continued

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Lord, I Cry to You All the Day Long: A Prayer of Hope and God’s Mercy

mercy, needy, Lord

“Turn Your ear, O Lord, and give answer for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life for I am faithful; save the servant who trusts in You. You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. Give joy to your servant, O Lord, for to you I lift up my soul.” Psalm 85 from Night Prayer 2/15/16 Lord, sometimes I haven’t been able to “lift up my soul” because I am poor and small and needy. Preserve my life – the life of my soul – despite my unfaithfulness, despite…continued

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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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“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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Suffering Along the Little Way

St. Therese of Lisieux Suffering

Fr. Gabriel offers such encouragement and wisdom, I wanted to update the reflections that were previously posted in 2009.  The italicized excerpts cited 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 in our…continued

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The Way of to Life and Happiness: Humility

easter holiness

“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.…continued

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The Value of Suffering?

the value of suffering

*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 we experience when something – a situation, a circumstance – does not correspond to our inclinations, our needs, or our hopes, which does not harmonize with…continued

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