Sometimes you have to put the anchor in the water.

From my Facebook time line this morning, written by a mom of teens: “When do the growing pains of your children stop hurting and stressing you?” My response to her was: Sweetheart. I am with you. Trust. Trust in your mothering instinct. Trust in your gut. Trust in love and grace. Trust in hope. Trust in…

Sweetheart, fellow mom, you are not alone

Righteous Cause Monday. I found this on my Facebook feed about a young mom who wanted to quit being a mom, a blog post from the website “Finding Joy”. Sweetheart, fellow mom, you are not alone, we, moms of older children, feel your pain, understand your pain, had lived your pain, and survived/thrived and grown…

First FYI Wednesday Answers: Marisa’s children and prayer question.

Vicky (19) relating her first remembrance of God, about age three: I remember thinking that He would keep all the babies in a pocket next to his heart and he would hand pick the parent of each child. I believed that he would sit on his throne in heaven looking down on everyone and that you…

Video: I’m a spiritual director

This the first video for Spiritual Lives Of Women.  I am using these animations to bring an other aspect to the ministry.  It is my hope that I can begin to broadcast an every Wednesday a Q &  A video.

This is extremely important. He had to learn! He isn’t doubting Thomas. He is learning Thomas.

An addendum to Thomas. A All day I have been dealing with these thoughts rolling around in my head; so I thought I would let them out. A Earlier I wrote about Thomas and comparing his experience with those of our children learning to navigate the world. In that comparison I used the words “quell…

Thomas isn’t doubting, he is doing what we all must do

Mommy Mantra July 3, 2014: Feast of Saint Thomas It would be just too easy to write on doubt, but today I feel called to write about Jesus’ response: “Peace be with you.” A   Oh Lord, do I wish I could react to “surprising” parenting situations like that! In all the parenting classes I…

Amos and Jesus

Mommy Mantra July 1, 2014: Amos 3:1-8; 4:11-12, Matthew 8: 23-27 For those of us with older children, tweens, emerging adults, these readings can speak volumes. The Prophet Amos is coming down hard on Israel. Jesus is in the boat asleep when a huge storm threatens to swamp it. The two readings seem to have…

Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary

We are going to a birthday party for our Godson; it will be his first, and an exciting time for family and friends. It is a time for us to rejoice in this little boy’s life, looking back at all the milestones, not just the little boy’s but the parents as well; and with today…

Responsorial Psalm June 27, 2014

I have a friend who posts wonderful posts on Facebook that are filed with gentle wisdom about love, parenting and life. Today she posted the following which just rang in my heart as a prefect modern understanding of today’s readings but most specifically the Responsorial Psalm: Responsorial Psalm PS 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 10 Not according…