When Life is Messy

depression, despair, hope

Sometimes There’s No Happy Endings I have serious issues with unhappy endings, especially those based on real events.  I never even watched the Titanic  because I knew it was just going to make me like characters that would all be killed off at the end. I couldn’t bear it. Maybe because I’ve always struggled with depression and that type of movie doesn’t exactly add to my perkiness factor. I did, unfortunately, watch A Perfect Storm because my mother-in-law raved about how wonderful it was and that it was based on true events. My husband I watched it after the kids had…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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Learning to Love God


Sacred Heart of Jesus, a photo by Lawrence OP on Flickr. Do you long to love God more? Well, here is a little not-so-secret secret from my favorite book, Divine Intimacy in Section 211 Returning Love for Love: “In the Encyclical Annum Sacrum, Leo XIII declares,” The Sacred Heart is the symbol and image of the infinite charity of Jesus Christ, the charity which urges us to give Him love in return.” Indeed, nothing is more able to arouse love than love itself. “Love is repaid by love alone, the saints have repeatedly said. St Teresa of Jesus wrote: “Whenever…continued

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Not Good Enough

Potter Crafting Pot on Potter's Wheel

The Divine Artist Artists often use a model when they create their works. When God created us, He used himself as the model for His most beloved creatures. He made us in His own image and likeness. He loved us so much that He wanted us to be like Him. I’m not making this up! It says so right in Genesis 1:26 that  “ God said, ‘Let us make man in our own image, in the likeness of ourselves’…” Of course, we are born with the stain of original sin that distorts the original perfect image as He envisioned us…continued

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Renewing Our Acceptance of God’s Grace

More to mediate on, to think about in prayer, from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for Lent 2011: Dear Brothers and Sisters, through the personal encounter with our Redeemer  and through fasting, almsgiving and prayer, the journey of conversion towards Easter leads us to rediscover our Baptism. This Lent, let us renew our acceptance of the Grace that God bestowed upon us at that moment [of baptism], so that it may illuminate and guide all of our actions. What the Sacrament [of baptism]signifies and realizes, we are called to experience every day by following Christ in an ever more generous and authentic…continued

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The Purpose of Penance

“The purpose of penance is to overcome evil, which under different forms lies dormant in man. Its purpose is also to strengthen goodness both in man himself and in his relationships with others and especially with God.” On the Christian Meaning of Human Suffering, by Pope John Paul II  Lent is a season of sacrifices, giving up something, or maybe adding an additional spiritual discipline of some type. It can be a real struggle of the will to maintain those resolutions; at least it can be for me. Sometimes I don’t quite succeed as I would like to. There are…continued

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