Our Suffering is God’s Kindness

“Accordingly, I cannot too greatly admire God’s kindness towards you, disciplining you as He does for years at a stretch by this kind of deprivation, designed to break even the least of your attachments. He assails your body with physical ills, in order to detach you from yourself; He assails the soul with weariness, aversions, spiritual insensibility and other disabilities in order to detach you, interiorly, from all sensible aids and consolations. If you allow Him to work freely in you, you will come at last to cling only to Him in pure faith, in pure spirit, and to quote…continued

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The Prayer of Abandonment

As a little Lenten gift, here is one of my very most favorite prayers. This is the kind of prayer that becomes like a beacon, shining the light to lead where we want to go. It is a prayer that I was in fact warned about. “Oh, my! Do you understand what you are praying for!” Well, I probably don’t understand all that I am praying for when I say this prayer, but my heart is lifted up and filled with love when I meditate on the words and that is enough for me to believe that it is therefore…continued

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The Ache of Loneliness

Sometimes the loneliness is so deep that it feels as though it emanates from within my bones and bores through me with a painful longing. I am assailed by the feeling of being broken, parts of me missing, a huge hole in my heart and soul. The longing aches even sometimes to the point of physical pain, and yet more and more I realize it is a longing that only One can fulfill, only One can alleviate. There is only One who can consume this loneliness. I desire what I know, that which is familiar to me. I desire friendship,…continued

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Dancing with Despair

It is so easy to lose hope. I see so easily all the misery in the world, the painful or broken marriages, the mothers who mourn as their children make poor life choices, shocking violence and profanity, the degradation of human life. The natural response is to wonder “how could a loving and merciful God permit this to happen?” These things can and should drive us to our knees in prayer. Although that may be one of my responses, so often my other reaction is to dance with despair, to allow the pain I see to fill my heart and push…continued

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Word Became Flesh

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My good friend Marla Ustick shared a reflection from her recent trip to the Holy Land. In this season of Advent, I wanted to share it with you, also, and she has graciously given her permission. It is a beautiful meditation on God’s love made flesh for us. Image courtesy of www.HolyLandPhotos.org It was only the second day of our trip when we arrived at Bethlehem. We had already been through a lot of Jerusalem, had celebrated Mass at Calvary and the Tomb, went to the Mount of Olives, walked the Palm Sunday Road, saw the church where Jesus wept…continued

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Floating in His Will

The good Lord can sanctify any moment, even an evening floating in the pool, just totally relaxed. The more I relaxed, the more I became aware of  my own body as it floated.  The jets of recirculating water created currents that pushed me. I was surprised by how strong they were. I’ve been in the pool before, floated before. What was so different now? Now I was so totally supported by floats  that I could totally relax my body, no need to move my head, my feet or my arms. As the currents pushed me, I thought of how those currents are like…continued

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