I wish I could freeze time. My kids often debate about what superpower is coolest- flying, transporting, strength. Me? I wish I was that girl Evie from the 80’s show “Out of this World” and just put my fingers together to stop the clock from running, then clap when I want it to start again. … More Freeze Time
Trusting God isn’t easy for a girl like me who is always looking forward to the next thing. Anxious for The Next Thing I can’t wait for Friday, till summer starts, to go on vacation, for the weekend, until Christmas. I’ve wanted to know where I’ll go to college, what I’ll do work, whether I’m … More Learning to Trust – what’s around the corner?
I recently stumbled upon a book called, The Power of Vulnerability by Brene’ Brown. It seems that everyone else found out about her before me and evidently she is a beautifully strong voice in the public sphere. As I was listening to this “shame researcher” unveil her findings, many connections popped up with things I’ve … More Wash Guilt and Resist Shame
Judging from my smile, you would never have guessed that I was burning on the inside but, there were a handful of years in my life when vicious words swirled in my mind and anger took the place of peace. Disappointment, lack of sleep, failure and chaos certainly contributed to this mental/emotional state but years … More God Melted my Anger
At a soccer game this weekend, I listened as a lady and her husband lamented that they could not turn back the clock to a few months ago, before their son began playing Fortnite. They wished they could do it differently. These parents longed for the old productive good fun their son had and they … More Surrender your dreams for your family? No way.
Serendipitously, yesterday morning, I was able to go to Mass. Since I had begun writing about the various challenges to the concept of accepting everything as coming from the Will of God, it was on my mind. My buoyant spirit upon embarking this endeavor was slightly checked by a memory of the end of the … More Is Everything the Will of God? -part 2 (a slight pause for humility)
I think often about the “problem of evil.” Probably everyone does. Usually my thoughts are not very clear and I always give up, holding out hope for some future in-depth conversation with a wise friend about it all. In my fantasy, we’ll have the Bible in one hand and the Summa Theologicae in the other, … More Is Everything God’s Will? (part 1)
While trying to explain the “thees”, “thous” and “arts” of the Our Father, my daughter murmured something about a mailbox. “What did you say, Sweetie?” “Does God put us in an envelop and send us away from evil?” “Oh, right. The Lord said, ‘deliver us from evil.’” “Yes, deliver us. The address should say, ‘heaven’.” … More Deliver to Heaven
I’ve found myself feeling pulled in a million directions and failing people at every turn. People who have a legitimate right to my love and attention- friends, parents, children, spouse, neighbors, school administrators… are often cut short and do not get what they deserve from me. This is true also of the orphan, the widow, the … More Give from God’s Strength
This morning on the last block of my run, I saw an old Japanese man shuffling toward me on his own exercise endeavor. Ask just about anyone in this neighborhood and they will know who I’m talking about since he evokes quite a bit of admiration and perhaps even worry. This beautiful man has unmistakably … More High Five the Runner