Looking through lenses of faith during the Feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary makes it easy to see the Holy Spirit at work in the little moments.
The final part of a four part series based on a study session with St Bernard and the Four Degrees of Love.
Mothers are our universe, but dads make or break us.
As this is a continuation of a study group we did on the the article from Soul Shepherding entitled (and linked here) Four Degrees of Love (Bernard of Clairvaux) I recommend you take a look at my previous two posts for parts one and two. I tried to keep these brief and rich so that … Continue reading The Four Degrees of Love: Part 3
Only a humbled heart can experience gratitude because gratitude it directed to something outside of our own doing.
Love is such a simple word but has so many meanings. The degrees to which we are loved and we love is not so simple. Let's take it one degree at a time.
In a culture of comfort we can follow the example of St Junipero in fortitude for mission.
Waiting in the hospital while her husband was in an important surgery, she saw him. He was walking between two armed officers, chains bound his wrists and feet. As he shuffled toward her she noticed his disheveled appearance--tattoos everywhere, long unkempt hair and his prison jumpsuit. Do not avert your eyes....she reminded herself. Last week's … Continue reading The Gaze
Want to make someone's day? This is an easy way to do it.
Here is a book that is based on the teachings of Pope John Paul the Great and Theology of the Body. Fr Martin takes these teachings to a practical level and delves into the WHOLE human and how we love.
Con (with ) Soul (Invaluable individual spirit)...walking with someone without trying to "fix" them. That is to console...
This week's prayer group called us to focus on those who have been entrusted to our care, and the case of a selfless young woman.
By meg God is restoring something in you during these days of change...what is it? I decided to write a love letter to God, thanking Him for these challenging times. I will review it in six months and see what I am leaning about my relationship with God, myself and others. Dear Heavenly Father; these … Continue reading A Pandemic Love Letter
The House By The Side of The Road
By Kristine Bruce, founder of "Praying for Our Prodigals" When thinking about my kids who are away from the church, my “prodigals”, I so want to wake them up to the urgency of getting back into the fold of faith. I know many parents feel this pressing desire. I often feel so burdened not only … Continue reading These Words From Mother Teresa Will Give You Hope
An chapel outpouring for the ones who think they can't, they aren't or they won't.
Everyone matters in this world. Even the Scientific dogs.
When my children were little, we would have what was called a "Book Picnic". Sometimes we would read together in an elaborate "fort" made from kitchen chairs, couch cushions and blankets. Sometimes we would pile all the blankets and pillows on the floor and lay on our tummies together reading our favorite books. My personal … Continue reading Bedtime Stories
"The measure of love is to love without measure..." The latest "soul lesson" for me can be encapsulated best by these cute measuring spoons received as the parting gift at a friend's bridal shower, aptly called "The Measure of Love". I have heard both St Augustine of Hippo and St Francis of Assisi credited with … Continue reading The Measure of Love
The first of spring's warm and sunny days are everyone's joy. They remind us that the sun did not abandon us, but was quietly accompanying us through the long winter days, shrouded by a haze that required our trust in knowing it would come back out again. When our trust is rewarded by those first … Continue reading A Day in the Warmth of the Son
Christ is truly present when two or more are gathered in his name, and we certainly qualified this week as a long awaited reunion took place for several of us. All things come together to glorify God. The difficult but amazing coincidence of several of our members in the past few weeks were no different. … Continue reading The Thinning Veil
Getting ready to head back to school, LB wanted to get a few items to replenish his apartment before senior year begins. "Let's go to the warehouse club...I have coupons!" With that we were off, deliberating through the long isles of bulk grocery and home items, only to find at check out that our coupons … Continue reading Membership
Cradle Catholic I am a cradle Catholic, which means I was brought up in the church; but for many Catholics this is a catch phrase for "I don't' know what I am doing here" or "My mom made me come". Until I became a young adult, I fit into this category (going to church but … Continue reading God Said No