Bringing Light into Suffering with the Basilica de la Sagrada Familia

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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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“God, Do You Hate Me?”

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The Bunion-Freedom Saga Continues Remember that foot surgery I said wasn’t going to be a big deal, even though it was going to hurt REALLY badly for a bit?  The pain was surprisingly mild the day of the surgery. I was even able to write about it while  in a minimally medicated state in the post  My View from a Room  a week ago.  The pain didn’t stay mild, and I stopped being able to think well enough to write. By day two post-surgery  the pain had definitely kicked into high-octane-not- laughing-at-the doc’s-warning-anymore-pain.  Don’t Waste the Pain There was plenty of pain to offer…continued

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My View From a Room: Post-Surgery

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I’ve been looking forward to this day for almost 30 years. The actual date was set about six weeks ago. Maybe it says something about how this year has been going for me so far that this will probably one of the highlights (definitely exceeded by my daughter’s confirmation last week, which I will likely tell you about sometime soon!) Today was Bunion Freedom Day! At least it was for me. My feet have been “old” feet since I was in my twenties and got my very first set of custom-made orthotic inserts.  My mother tried to convince me to wear…continued

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St. Therese of Lisieux and Her Little Way

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St. Therese of Lisieux, the Little Flower, is patroness of this blog. She is a French Carmelite nun who died in 1897 at the young age of just 24. In 1997, Pope St. John Paul II declared St. Therese to be a doctor of the Church. You can read more about St. Therese here at CatholicCulture.org .  We celebrate her feast day October 1st. (Happy almost-feast-day St. Therese!) St. Therese had total trust in the mercy of God and His love for her. According to The Society of the Little Flower, “Her “little way” is about child-like trust and gentle love.” Her Little…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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The Value of Suffering?

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*The excerpts in italics are from Divine Intimacy, Section 127: The Value of Suffering, by Fr. Gabriel Magdalen, O.C.D. Suffering is No Big Deal? What exactly is suffering? Can we only call it suffering when there is some great tragedy in our lives? Some people do not like to call the little pricks of life “suffering,” but Fr. Gabriel of St Mary Magdalen, O.C.D. described it this way: ” Suffering is the disagreeable feeling which we experience when something – a situation, a circumstance – does not correspond to our inclinations, our needs, or our hopes, which does not harmonize with…continued

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My Story of Post-Concussion Syndrome

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More info about Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) at www.cdc.gov/HeadsUp/ It’s now been five months since I injured my brain. This is my story of Post-Concussion Syndrome, the result of a mild traumatic brain injury/concussion. Post-Concussion Syndrome (PCS) is one of the “invisible illnesses.” It can be hard for others to understand just how debilitating these injuries-that-can’t-be-seen are for those of us who suffer with them. The Great Snail Battle In mid-October 2014 I came home one dark night to find our front porch swarming with giant snails (okay, it was a small swarm of about 3-4,…continued

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