• Ashamed.

    I am not proud of myself when long stretches of time slip by during which I have neglected both the blog and the website in general. When this site was first put together, I had quite the vision of a multipurpose website that could accomplish a few different things. First, it would be a clearing house for information about the workshops and talks that I deliver, so that those who ask for notes, information, or summaries, could access and download that information online in a neat and concise format. Second, it would host a blog where I could share tidbits of information, insight, humor, and more. And then third, it…

  • Knowing God

    To Know: to perceive, understand as TRUTH; to apprehend clearly and with CERTAINTY. Fixed in the mind or memory. How do we come to “know” anything? We come to know over the course of time, through experience, practice, study, relationship, the opening of oneself, sharing. In the same way, we come to know Christ, and note that TRUTH and CERTAINTY speak in terms of absolutes! By knowing Christ, we know God, God who became man. And we know them as TRUTH, with CERTAINTY. We, the image and likeness of God, because we know Christ (and therefore know God) can also know ourselves and know what God intended for us. Jesus…

  • Easter Morning … John 20:1

    Mother Teresa, in her “Instructions”, from 1994, gives us some food for thought. She urges us to look at Mary Magdalene; who was so in love with Jesus that she went early in the morning to see him (visit his tomb). And then she challenges us to ask ourselves if we, too, are that much in love with Christ? Do we race to see him, our hearts racing, on our way to Mass? Are we anxious to speak to him in prayer? Do we have a sense of eagerness to share every moment possible with him — to RUN to him, just to be near?

  • Quotable: Corrie Ten Boom

    “This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” I’d love to give you some commentary on this, but how can I even dream of adding to what is already perfectly and succinctly expressed?

  • A Great Time to be ALIVE

    Over the past handful of weeks I’ve received emails or other sorts of notifications about new types of services (and technology) that’s available for my use – and I have to admit that now that I am looking these options over, it’s a bit mind-boggling! But boggling in a good way of course.  There’s just SO MUCH out there intended to assist us in our day to day living and new conveniences seem to be showing up each day in my inbox.  I will be the first to admit that when not used properly, many (if not most) of these conveniences can contribute to a sense of laziness or even…

  • Book Recommendation

    Over the summer I have been flying through the books – rekindling my love of reading which was, for several years, a bit stifled or limited — relating only to my studies or my work.  I was determined that over the summer months I would expand my horizons once again and I have found myself pouring through books of many different genres from fiction to memoir, fable-based to mystery, historical to enlightening.  I am pretty pleased with my picks!  I wanted to take just a moment to recommend one of the books that I brought home mid-summer that I had been considering for a few months (not sure when or…

  • Deliberate Derailment

    Just when I get on a roll and feel like everything is falling into place and a good routine is established, I get derailed.  I have often thought of this as a flaw of my nature, being unable to continually follow through with whatever I know should be a practice in my life – whether that’s praying the rosary each day, publishing a blog post, exercising, or daily meditation.  Perhaps you find this to be an issue as well.  As the days, months, and even years roll by, you can’t help but notice the cycle of ‘having your act together’ and then not.  Or maybe you view it as a…

  • Coincidence?

    I’ve had quite a bit of time this week to ponder quite a few things – some relevant to day to day life, others to my spiritual life, and still more that are tied to my life and journey in general – and I keep finding myself coming back to this one, singular, complete thought (not something new, but a reminder, so to speak):  There are no coincidences. Life is not random; full of chance encounters and events.  If we carefully contemplate our life, all of our choices and the many paths and pursuits we’ve dabbled in, we must admit to ourselves that God has His hand in every aspect…

  • Your “Sparkle”

    I was gifted this trendy little ‘sign’ this past Christmas – note what it says – “Don’t let anyone dull your sparkle”!  Like so many other catch-phrases, logos, slogans, and pep-talks, it seems to imply that you have a special sparkle, no matter who you may be, and that you shouldn’t let anyone put a damper on that.  Let it all hang out — shine baby shine — you be you!  Perhaps there’s something to be said for that.  It certainly sends a positive message in a manner of speaking.  Not long ago I was inspired to actually hang it up (it had previously been relegated to a shelf with…

  • The little bit of Pilate within.

    I have had this thought on my brain all day today — and I really need to get it out.  It’s getting late and I haven’t even had time to make dinner yet.  The stomach is growling.  But the thought persists and will not be denied!  Bear with me here while I fill you in. This morning while walking and pondering the sorrowful mysteries as I said my mental rosary – I had one of those ‘ah-hah!’ moments that have been popping up quite frequently lately.  Moments where I gain insight based on looking at something from a perspective that I hadn’t considered before.  This morning that perspective had to…