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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What Was I Saying? Oh yeah…Pink Birds!

I haven’t been writing much here, but I have still been writing. Just not on paper. I write in my head when I’m driving, washing dishes, waiting. Unfortunately this writing never actually gets written down and it just flows away like a little stream passing my buy with just a little trickling sound here and there…sometimes I’m left feeling as though I just can’t squeeze out a thought…I don’t even bother sitting to write because I’m already at “what was I going to say???” So today, driving home from the grocery store I know there was something I was “writing”…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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Can You Love God for Just One Minute?

We may think we want to do great things for God, but sometimes it is the little things that make all the difference. Fr. Rick Pilger gave a small challenge to the parishioners of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church  a couple of weeks ago – spend one minute a day telling God you love Him. Just one minute and no one was off the hook. He explicitly said that those who already practice other devotions or prayers should still do this. It’s just one minute, after all. It doesn’t sound like much does it? In fact, it sounds like such a little…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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The Holy Guest of Our Souls

Blessed Elizabeth of the Trinity wrote, “We must become aware that God dwells within us and do everything in Him, then we are never commonplace, even when performing the most ordinary tasks.” This sounds like such a simple practice, and it is simple…but not easy. It is so hard to remember, but the more we do remember that God, the Most Holy Trinity, dwells within us and recall His presence as we go about our daily mundane and not-so-mundane tasks, the more our lives will be transformed. We will become more and more like the One who created us, more…continued

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Evangelization Part 2: Changing Our Culture

Now we are looking at the second and third elements of “evangelization” as defined by Father John Hardon’s Modern Catholic Dictionary. “ Evangelization is a zealous proclamation of the Gospel in order to bring others to Christ and his Church.”  It includes: 1) interior conversion to Christ and his Church 2) affecting not only the individual person but the whole culture 3) as a result, changing this culture and its institutions to make them Christian and Catholic. Our inner conversion – change, awakening to Christ – this naturally affects not only us as individuals but also the whole culture as we connect…continued

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