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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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…continued

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The Way of to Life and Happiness: Humility

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“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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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,…continued

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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…continued

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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…continued

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