Does She See Her Beauty?

I wonder if this rose realizes how beautiful she is? How she inspires my soul and lifts my spirit? Does she know how much joy she gives me? Does she realize how lovely the delicate aroma she exudes is? How she brightens my day with her smile? Does she see her beauty? Or does she…

A Cry of Trust: My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?

“My, God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” ~ Matthew 27: 46 It is sometimes easy to fall into the trap of thinking that true faith means we never have doubts, we are never angry with God or never feel a sense of abandonment- that true faith will never be tested. Yet, the reality…

Can You Experience Fear and Trust in God at the Same Time?

Does trusting in God mean that you never have fear? Right now the world is shrouded in fear from the coronavirus, and yet, we may be tempted to think that trusting in God means we never fear. There may even be some who are not afraid of the coronavirus thinking the whole thing is overblown,…

What You Say to Others, You Say to Jesus. Please Be Kind.

Like many people during this time, I have come to be very concerned about the spread of the coronavirus. How it will affect our economy and our livelihoods. How it will affect those who are most at risk for a severe cases, and how it is going to impact the state of our medical system….

Thirsting for God

“Uggh”, I sat in the middle of my closet floor with ten chocolate wrappers surrounding me, and a now aching belly. It had been a stressful day and as soon as my husband returned home, I retreated to the bedroom closet and broke into my stash of chocolate that I save for just such occasions….

Do You Know Who You Are?

“‘This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him’.” ~Matthew 17:5 Lately, a consistent theme keeps speaking to my heart during times of prayer and reflection- Jesus knew who He was. In the Gospel today of the Transfiguration, God the Father is revealing who Jesus is – His Beloved Son….

A Call To Compassion: A Tribute to My Abuela

“Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, is not pompous, it is not inflated, it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick tempered, it does not brood over injury, it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. It bears all things, believes…

Are You Missing the Point of Lent?

What would you say if I told you that you may be “doing” Lent all wrong? Too often when we think about Lent, we focus on what we are giving up or doing for Lent to become a better person. There have been many times in my life that I would wonder what I should…

Be Perfect?

“So be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is perfect.” ~Matthew 5:48 I’ll be honest, when I hear this reading, my perfectionistic-in-recovery self cringes a little. I have experienced first hand how destructive perfectionistic thinking can be and I can’t help but wonder, why would Jesus say this? My faith tells me though, that being…

Clearing Out The Weeds in My Soul

It’s starting to get warmer here during the day and the rains from the past couple of months are bringing forth an abundance of weeds. While the kids play outside, I start pulling handfulls of weeds out of the soft and moist earth and start reflecting. There is something about pulling out weeds that is…