Starting over post-convent doesn’t mean you failed. In fact, it may be one of the best gifts.
by GA – Just like that, my heart was hijacked by grief until I fell asleep in tears at 10:00 pm. Grief is a revolving door.
Leonie was, like those we serve, a woman who wanted to follow the Lord in religious life but encountered many struggles in finding her state-of-life vocation.
Celebrating 10 years since the launch of our website, on the feast of St. Catherine of Siena.
It is comforting to know that we are not alone; Jesus is there with us and for us. Even though the pain (moral, spiritual, or physical) does not necessarily go away, it is through the cross that we unite ourselves to Him.
I’ve chosen to look at the scar as though it were Frodo’s stab wound from Weathertop in The Lord of the Rings. Because the injury profoundly affected Frodo, it occasionally bothers him on anniversaries and other significant days.
Praying with these mysteries has opened my eyes to just how much Jesus can and will heal me. There are ways where spiritually I cannot see, and Jesus wants to heal that blindness. There are times when I want to follow Him, but cannot because of brokenness that is keeping me from moving. He desires to heal that too.
I began to notice the patterns of the animals. I saw squirrels, chipmunks, and various birds like woodpeckers going about their day. But for some reason, I was intrigued by the cardinals, and I began to notice them everywhere. When I saw one, I felt like God was saying “hi,” and they became a little ray of light in my life.
When I am in darkness, when I want light, I sometimes think I find myself asking for the wrong thing. This light isn’t consolation. It isn’t knowing what is going on or where to go. This light is the light of a God who is with me. A God who reveals Himself as Emmanuel. This is the light that isn’t overcome.
How is it possible to make myself worthy of celebrating Christmas when I can’t enter into Advent the way I want to? The good news is: I don’t need to make myself worthy. I don’t earn the right to celebrate the Incarnation by behaving well during Advent. Jesus alone can make me worthy!