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Our Neediness is a Nativity

My dear friend sent me an instagram post the other day: "Your neediness is a nativity." Wow. That’s what my heart longs to hear. I know the need is real. Glory be to God that it can be a birth place! Our poverty, our lack, our weakness, the cry of our heart, our deepest ache and need, our longing – this is the place where little Jesus wants to be born this Christmas. This is His manger. Our need, when opened to the Father, becomes the seat of glory, the throne of the living God, the crib for the newborn…

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Called to Be Like Mary, Mother and Bride

Through the seasons of my life as a wife for 29 years and a mother of 9 children, Mary has journeyed with me. In her faithful companionship, I found the tender, wise, prayerful and loving mother my heart and soul longed for. Mary as my heavenly mother was a relationship that grew and blossomed so naturally and effortlessly. And then my journey took an expected and surprising turn and I was introduced to Mary as Bride and Jesus as Bridegroom.  Four years ago, words like bride, bridegroom, and wedding evoked in my mind and heart only images and feelings of…

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Wound to Wound: A Meditation on the Sacred Heart

In this month of the Sacred Heart, we are invited to nestle into the safe refuge of Christ’s pierced Side, our fountain of healing, merciful love, our home and our resting place Recently a friend took my hand and looking intently and gently into my eyes, asked, “What is the pain of your heart? I long to know it. If you can, if you feel comfortable, please would you share it with me?” This friend received me with such tender love and honoring. This beautiful and healing experience was an encounter with Jesus’ Sacred Heart. Jesus so longs to receive…

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Divine Mercy and Mary, Mother of Mercy

Throughout the centuries and even before the birth of St. Faustina, our Lord has been sending us the message that Mercy is His greatest attribute. Repeatedly, He has told Saints and sent Mary, Mother of Mercy, to plead with us to trust in His Merciful Love and to be merciful to others. Mercy is the key that unlocks all our hearts, even those hearts most hardened by sin and disbelief in a loving God. The wounds we inflict on one another necessitate a mercy far beyond what our weak and impure human hearts can muster. And so, we must continually…

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Via Lucis: The Way of Light

Blessed Easter to each of you! Isn't it awesome that our Church celebrates the Resurrection for 50 days (Easter Sunday through Pentecost) after our 40-day Lenten fast? Our Lord shall not be out done in generosity! During Lent, you may have prayed the Stations of the Cross (Via Crucis), where, through 14 stations, we walk with Christ and meditate upon His passion and death, from His arrest through His being laid in the tomb. In this post, I want to share with you the next 14 stations, called the Paschal Way of the Light or Via Lucis. The stations of…

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Healing the Roots of Sin

We are now two weeks into Lent 2022. How is it going for you? Honestly, it took me a while to land on the particular fast our Lord was asking of me this season. There was the obvious fast from food and other material comforts, but I sensed He was pointing me towards a more meaningful interior fast as well. I read an Instagram post where a priest called for a fast from sin and I thought, well duh, aren’t we trying to do that all the time, regardless of the Liturgical season?! The Lord stirred up the question in…

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Beauty and Intimacy with God

Brutal. The only word to describe that interchange between my spouse and me years ago. A lifetime of unexamined wounds punching hard, my tender places receiving their blows... I was in tatters, grieving past all grief. With the lens the Theology of the Body has given me, I have words for that agony: when the rocket engines of spousal union which were designed to point us to heaven are inverted, they point us to hell. Hell it was. My heart was in shreds. I finally fell off to sleep in the basement where we had escaped after supper to assure…

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