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Light in the Darkness

“I feel like I’m in hell.” During times of intense suffering, it is not uncommon to hear someone relate their experience to being in hell. In fact, I hear it said often in the course of ministry to those recovering from the effects of traumatic circumstances. Of course, we understand the essence of what is being conveyed by using this cliche, but a particular sentence from a reflection I read recently jumped out and got me thinking… “You may be experiencing a sort of hell on earth. Nevertheless, think of what hell really is. The Church teaches that hell is…

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Blues Dancing With the Bridegroom

“Wait for the Lord, take courage; be stouthearted, wait on the Lord.” ~ Psalm 27:14 Apparently this “waiting” in the original Greek means “intertwined.” The invitation then is to be intertwined, mingled with the Lord, so that when He runs, we run; when He stops, we stop. It is like a three-legged race, or even more, like a partner dance. I love to blues dance. It is a form of partner dancing in which the duo is very sensitively attuned to one another’s core, the breath, the subtle movements. The man leads, and the woman follows. The woman must be…

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Roses in our Vineyard

Many years ago, when my husband and I were in Germany, we were given a tour of a local vineyard by a very eager and chatty winemaker. He was excited to give us a thorough wine education, including information on soil quality, when to plant and how to prune, determining the time to harvest, and more. He also told us about the rose bushes, planted at the head of every row of vines. Wine and vineyards are mentioned throughout Sacred Scripture, most often as symbols of joy, abundance, and the richness of God’s overflowing love. In the Song of Songs…

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In the School of the Bridegroom

“Our couch is green; the beams of our house are cedar, our rafters are pine.” Song of Songs 1:17 What a curious Scripture to come to my heart as I gazed upon the crucifix above the tabernacle after daily Mass. As I pondered this and asked Jesus to help me understand why He was bringing this to my heart, He was quick to respond and affirm His love for me. His desire is to make me feel secure in His love, and to acknowledge that He is with me always. I am comforted in this affirmation from my Bridegroom, but…

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Being the Bride of Christ Our Bridegroom

I am a bride. Christ is my Bridegroom. The Bridegroom of my soul. My eternal Bridegroom. No matter what my vocation or state in life. What do these phrases, these realities stir up in your heart and mind? Do we believe we are bride, and that Christ is our Bridegroom? For some of us, to think of Jesus Christ as our Bridegroom is very new and may strike us in a strange way. To understand this transcendent, infinite, omnipotent God of ours, He came down to us and took on our flesh, our humanity, so we could touch and know…

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Companions for the Journey

Growing up as a child in a family who did not practice any sort of organized religion, I have come to know and understand many things of Christ only through the eyes of an adult. This has had both positive as well as negative influences on my Catholic journey. Things that children learn growing up in the Catholic faith were not the things that I learned as a child, but I came to understand and appreciate them as a mom. When my oldest child was in kindergarten, I remember hearing him recite the Guardian Angel prayer. I recall how touched…

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Conceived in Darkness

“I just can’t sense Jesus. I cannot feel Him close to me. I don’t sense our relationship sometimes,” I said through tears. “It is because He is supporting you from behind that you cannot see Him.” This is what Mother Cecilia from Christ the Bridegroom Monastery recently shared with me. “He can better support you that way. So just lean back and let Him carry you.” Sometimes it is when Jesus is the closest to us that we cannot sense Him, cannot see Him. That is when we are truly one with Him. He dwells within us, closer than our…

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Seeing the Suffering of Our Neighbor

I stood in the grocery line and wondered why the cashier was ignoring the customer ahead of me. With her head turned away from us, she was obviously more interested in the conversation happening two aisles over. “Hello!” I thought, annoyed. Finally, she turned to the woman ahead of me saying, “Excuse me, I have to go give that man a hug.” I watched her approach the man two aisles over. “I’m so sorry,” she said, embracing him. He rubbed his eyes and told her the viewing and the burial were later in the week. Whoever the man had lost…

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Queen of All Hearts

This week we celebrate the Queenship of Mary. Mary is our Mother and her royalty is manifested to us most powerfully in how she tends to our needs with such solicitous, knowing, maternal care. When I was 10 years old, my parents moved from Maryland to Pennsylvania. It was late August, and there was a severe time crunch so my brother and I could begin the school year in our new location. My parents didn’t know where we’d live. My Mom tells the story that it was the feast day of the Queenship of Mary. She got down on her…

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