Let’s pray that encouragement is always truly genuine.

I have many friends who are alternative healers and many of them do a wonderful job at helping others, but I have found, and here I am also speaking for myself as a Catholic Spiritual Director, that we, healers of all stripes, can get a little myopic, meaning we have difficulty seeing clearly.   What…

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…

What? Me? No Way, I Am Too Young!

Mommy Mantra July 23, 2014: But the LORD answered me, Say not, “I am too young.” To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. Jeremiah Chapter 1: 7 That sounds so much like when…

A Fresh Start, A New Beginning, A Do Over

Mommy Mantra July 11, 2014: Responsorial Psalm ps 51:3-4, 8-9, 12-13, 14 and 17 a The Responsorial Psalm really spoke to me today. Have you ever felt that way: like what you are hearing at Mass or reading at home is being said directly to you? That is the amazing thing about the Scriptures. a…

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…

Righteous Cause: Fighting to help our teen daughters stay confident

This is a commercial from Always, but it does focus on a very interesting aspect of growing up female.  It begins with young adult women being asked how it is to do whatever as a girl: throw, run, fight.  Then the same question is asked of young girls, ten and slightly younger.  The older girls…

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…

My day: Be aware, make changes, improve your life

For some reason the past few days I have been majorly grumpy for seemingly no cause at all.  But of course there is always a source, a trigger. Taking the time to think about it and pray over it; those are two of the steps in discernment, I have been trying to determine God’s calling to…

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