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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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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Square Pegs, Round Holes, Blank Paper and God’s Divine Will

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“Lord, do with me what you will…” Sr Carmella of the Holy Eucharist, O.C.D. Blank Paper for God to Write His Divine Will for Us “I think of this new year as a white page given to me by [our] Father, on which He will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, Lord, do with me what You will, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of  [His] divine will. Yes, Lord,…continued

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How to Be an Effective Witness in the New Evangelization

Does the thought of  “the new evangelization make you nervous? Do you feel unworthy and inadequate to share about your faith or your personal witness with others? Well, you’re not alone – but just because you’ve got company with that feeling doesn’t give you an excuse to hide your faith under a rock (or under a bushel barrel!) So read on! Greg Trainor, a Catholic lay missionary once wrote, “Perhaps you have sensed God’s call to evangelize but you feel inadequate for the task. If this is how you feel, you are actually in a very good position. To be…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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Dancing with Despair

It is so easy to lose hope. I see so easily all the misery in the world, the painful or broken marriages, the mothers who mourn as their children make poor life choices, shocking violence and profanity, the degradation of human life. The natural response is to wonder “how could a loving and merciful God permit this to happen?” These things can and should drive us to our knees in prayer. Although that may be one of my responses, so often my other reaction is to dance with despair, to allow the pain I see to fill my heart and push…continued

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A Prayer Response to Psalm 139

“Lord, you have probed me and you know me…” You know me, Lord, my weakness; please be my strength. You know me, my faults; please lead me to salvation beyond these many failures. You know me, my wounds and scars; please heal me gently with Your love. You know me, my sins; please wash me in Your mercy. You know me, every ugliness within me is visible to you, and yet when You look at me you see beauty. You know how weak, scarred and wounded, and yet how prideful I am. Still you bring up handfuls of treasures from Your vast storehouse…continued

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