Singing Alleluia Through Our Tears


Image by Amanda Rose 2012 Petite Jean State Park, AK Easter is our season to rejoice, for our “Alleluia” to resound after forty penitential days preparing for our Savior’s Passion, death, and resurrection. But can we rejoice when we feel no joy? How do we sing “Alleluia” through our tears?  We each have suffering in our own lives that cannot be measured or compared. Whether it is the physical and emotional suffering experienced by victims of an unexpected explosion, the suffering of a mother holding a terminally ill child, the agony of a body wracked by cancer eating away within…continued

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When You Forget How to Pray


Have you ever walked along the shoreline as the waves push the shells up the shore and then pull them back? The shells travel along the shore, surrendering to the power of the waves, coming to rest wherever they have been placed. I have felt like one of those shells. Sometimes I am able to pray one way, sometimes another way. Sometimes there is copious consolations, and other times great distractions. It gives me comfort to think of myself as a little shell being pushed up and down  along the shore by God’s grace and love and mercy. Wherever He pushes me…continued

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Sustained by God’s Grace


Photo by Amanda Rose, 2012 ” Grant, I beseech You, that my heart may never wander when You leave it in dark distress; but sustained with Your grace, may it persevere in seeking and serving You with good will.”  Divine Intimacy p846, Section 282 on Piety and Devotion Sometimes we may feel like we are going through a dark tunnel. We can’t see much. It is scary. There is no end in sight. We cling to our faith despite the struggle to do so. God’s grace is always there with us, guiding us, just as the lights along the sides of a dark tunnel escort us…continued

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Humility of Heart & Confidence in God

We needn’t be afraid of our weakness, our nothingness. Fr. Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen explains in my favorite book, Divine Intimacy: “…for it is the consciousness of our nothingness which leads us to put all our confidence in God, and the greater this confidence becomes in us, the more convinced we are of our nothingness….I have to acknowledge new failures every day; daily I must begin anew. The more we suffer because of our wretchedness, the more we should run to Jesus, with full confidence in the power of  His Redemption… Let us not be discouraged; if we can humbly acknowledge…continued

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Three Favorite Scripture Verses

Thank you, Anne at Imprisoned In My Bones, for tagging me in my first ever blogging meme. A meme (rhymes with dream) is a blog post topic that is passed around, shared. This time around the theme is “Three Favorite Scripture Verses.” The rules are: 1.Write a post on your three favorite verses from the Bible and why you like them.2. Link back to this post.3. In your post tag three other bloggers to carry this theme forward, link to you and tag additional bloggers. Yes, it is hard to pick a top three, but here are three I love right…continued

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Prayer, Hope, and Mercy

Prayer isn’t always easy. Sometimes it seems as though our prayers aren’t answered despite our insistence. We may feel discouraged, abandoned by God. Other times the prayers become mere obligations to fulfill, and we drag ourselves through saying the simple few that we can. It can be easy to forget what our prayer really means when our feelings are darkened by anxiety or depression and our heart feels unable to respond to God’s love in the ways it has in the past, in the ways it may long to. But we have to remember that our feelings are not facts. Prayer is more than how we feel,…continued

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Don’t Let Go, Lord!

“Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, who has mercy on you.” Isaiah 54:10 Lord, my light and my love, be my Consolation in distress; be my Rock when the waters rage around me; be my Deliverer when the string of confusion tightens around me, entangling me so that I cannot find where it begins or end. At those times I am like a little bird caught up and so entrapped by a piece of thread that I can barely…continued

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