How to Love God’s Will

The will of God is one of my favorite subjects to read about. The Will of God in Other Words by Dom Hubert Van Zeller excited me because it was published in 1964, not too long ago really, compared to most of the spiritual “classics.” This book is out of print but you can still find it used (click on the image to buy it on Amazon or read more information about it there.)  Also keep an eye out to see if it is one that is republished by Sophia Institute Press. Van Zeller wrote: “It is important to think…continued

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Living What We Pray

What happens when we live what we pray? Beautiful things happen. Little miracles that are beyond our personal strength. This has been a daily prayer for the last twelve years. I say it. I try to live it. It changes me. Cardinal Mercier’s Secret of Sanctity Holy Spirit, soul of my soul I adore you; Enlighten me, guide me, strengthen me, console me, Tell me what I should do, give me your orders. I promise to submit myself to all that you desire of me, And to accept all that you permit to happen to me, Let me only know your will. This is the prayer…continued

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Sanctifying My Suffering, Holy Week

I had an opportunity to begin the way of the Cross with Jesus in my own little way. I had an arthrogram MRI, which means that first they inject dye into your elbow, and then after waiting for the dye to absorb they perform the MRI. After driving alone to the very painful nerve conduction test I had a few weeks ago, I decided to ask a friend to go with me for this. I was told it would be “uncomfortable.” I just didn’t want to go through it alone, not again. I felt guilty asking a friend to take…continued

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Offering it Up or Sucking it Up?

The world offers us words of wisdom to help us overcome ourselves and do what must be done, to push on beyond what we enjoy or with which we are comfortable. The words “suck it upm” are to be applied when we are a little whiny, or perhaps digging in our heels to resist that which must be accomplished. Now I would never say those words of wisdom from the world to anyone else (except maybe my kids!), but I have said them to myself many times over the years. When I didn’t want to do something but had to…continued

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Precious Little Gifts

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Our sufferings and pains can become little gifts for God if we wrap them in our love for Him, decorate them with our trust in Him, and then approach the foot of the cross to present them to Him with humility. We ask Him to accept these precious little gifts from our small hands as we gaze upon Him in adoration. This may not lessen our pain, but it does sanctify the pain, giving meaning to what we must endure anyway. Whether the pain is physical or emotional – chronic pain, struggles with depression, a broken heart – we can take something that appears ugly and allow…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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Christmas Concert Lessons

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It was a long day, heading into a long evening as I drove to my daughter’s school for the Christmas concert. The car ride gave me quiet time alone, and I enjoyed the silence. I could feel the Holy Spirit inviting me to “enter within” as Theresa of Avila calls it, and so as I drove I turned to Him dwelling within me. I could feel His love, His presence. Arriving at the school early, I was aware that as a divorced mom, I would be there “on my own” and I am not always comfortable with that. Although I…continued

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