Growing In Good Works

I hope this post finds you settling into your word of the year as well as having a plan mapped out to get to know your Saint buddy. My prayer time this week included a plea for guidance on how to best get to know mine, St. Joseph. The next day, I was listening to the Godsplaining podcast and low and behold, they were discussing the Year of St. Joseph. This conversation gave me a good starting point for my plan. I love how God works! Do you have a plan to nourish your mind this year? Another practice I wanted to share that supports my growth is identifying twelve books that will challenge my thinking. Getting through this stack feels good when I complete in December.

Have you started thinking about Lent? 

Lent is early this year beginning on Ash Wednesday February 17, 2021. Just as Jesus suffered and was tempted by Satan, during Lent we are also called to enter the desert of our own lives. Through the good works of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, God prunes our hearts as we are united to Christ and his suffering. These practices give us the strength to resist sin and follow His counter cultural path of love. If we open our heart and hear His word, we learn how Jesus, exposed in his humanity, rejects sin when confronted with temptations and seeks solace in God the Father. This serves as an example for us in our own personal deserts. We will take the opportunity to unpack each topic of prayer, service and almsgiving over the next few weeks. The 40 days of Lent is a good time to solidify and root these practices in our life.

We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. 

Focus on His truth, Hebrews 10:24

There are many great resources out there to help guide your Lenten journey. Here are a few to explore to begin preparing your heart in what is best for you:

Blessed is She has a new Lent devotional Set a Fire which I will be using in addition to my Magnificat Lenten Journey and Word on Fire reflections.

Walking with Purpose helps to prepare your heart for the triumph of resurrection through several short, powerful bible studies:

Looking to feel revived and refreshed as you grow in the knowledge that you are loved? Choose Living In The Father’s Love.

Need to be awakened to the reality of who you are in Christ? Choose Fearless and Free.   

Desire to learn how all Scripture points to Jesus, and recognize and appreciate God’s plan for your own life? Choose Beholding His Glory.   

Want to counter feeling weighed down by a culture that all too often leaves us feeling empty and dissatisfied? Choose Beholding Your King.   

Dynamic Catholic continues their Best Lent Ever series and you can sign up for free. This year the topic is feeding your soul with prayer. Nothing will transform your life so completely, absolutely, and forever like really learning how to pray. It is not what you give up for lent, it is who you become.

To be Christian is to imitate Christ. Good Catholic and Fr. Ken Geraci are taking a journey through The Life of Christ that promises Christ will become more real to you, in His humanity and His divinity. You can learn more here.

Pope Francis says, the word of God consoles and encourages us. At the same time, it summons us to conversion, challenges us, and frees us from the bondage of our selfishness. For His word has the power to change our lives and to lead us out of darkness into the light.

Let’s use this Lent to walk through the darkness and further into the light being Smitten with His Goodness!

Cynthia

Action: Ready, Fire, Aim or Aim, Ready, Fire?

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Have you ever heard the expression ready, fire, aim?  It seems to me that a lot of our culture operates this way taking immediate action and reacting to something before thinking it through.  If we are not careful and intentional, this behavior can transcend our life, including our spiritual life.

Landing on the word action for my word this year was a bit tricky.  I needed to adjust my mindset around its definition and what act means.  Action is defined as the process of doing something, typically to achieve an aim.  Since I am looking for holiness in my life, I measure success by my relationship with God and spiritual growth year over year.  This is my north star. The way I think, speak and act should align with this aim.  Being out of alignment with my purpose and my values is a recipe for stress and anxiety.  Many people go through life not really knowing what they want, and they drift.  As believers, we have a simple, clear, unambiguous articulation of the end goal of how we should live life.  We can do this by being smitten with God’s goodness.

Do you know the stumbling blocks that keep your eye off goodness?  I stub my toes often on my self-reliance, thinking things are all up to me.  This nasty coping skill was the result of lost connection with my mother from alcoholism.  As I learned later through recovery, I have an overdeveloped sense of responsibility and its easier for me to be concerned with others which enables me to not look to closely at my own faults.  It was easier for me to take on this responsibility and have what I thought was control over my chaotic world.

Our culture glorifies and rewards self-reliance even though it is destroying our relationships and our mental health.  We are called to love God with our whole being. I find myself asking for forgiveness more often than I like.   As humans, we are made for love and connection.  Through learning to do things different, I know the quality of my relationships correlate to my ability to trust and be vulnerable.  If I want to grow in my love with God, my husband, family, friends, and my community, I need to invite others to help and support me.  Self-reliance creates stress and anxiety and robs me of the gift of peace because I feel everything is up to me.  I feel like Atlas, carrying the world on my shoulders. 

With this context, action for me is aim, ready, fire.  This is the right-ordered action.  Since my aim is to do God’s will, I need to get ready through prayer and then fire or act!  It is simple but challenging given my tendencies – I oftentimes bypass the most important step, prayer. 

Whatever I learn, receive, or hear from God or what I see in Him, if I put it into practice peace will live within me allowing me to be smitten with His goodness.  The value of goodness is transcendent!  Goodness is not only a virtue but a practice where I find ways to create good things and make my life better including the lives of everyone else around me.  The gifts and fruits of the Spirit are abundant!

For the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth. 

Focus on His truth, Ephesians 5:9

Being smitten with goodness brings light into the world through partaking in the divine nature by faith and confessing the greatness of the One who created me.  When I am secure in this identity, rather than the old habit of self-reliance, I live a life worthy of the gift I have been given.  I am made capable by doing this by grace and the gifts of his Spirit, which I receive through the sacraments and through prayer.  (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1692

Living a life of virtue is a habit with a firm disposition to do good.  It allows me to not only perform good acts but to give the best of myself.  When I look toward the good with my whole heart, I take concrete steps to grasp beauty around me and have an attitude and disposition that will govern my actions, order my passions, and guide my conduct according to reason and faith. 

In action and goodness,

Cynthia

Do You Have a Word of The Year?

Last year’s word of the year for me was Be.  Upon reflection, Be was the perfect word that fueled my spiritual growth and cultivated my peace of mind.  Flash back to last February.  In my journey to understand love, the way our Creator intended, I stepped away from a 35-year career to support my husband through his lifesaving bone marrow transplant.  Little did I know, we would be contending with COVID the following month to add complexity to his immune compromised state as well as facing a grueling year of multiple complications from the transplant.  Hiring in my field of philanthropy slowed down as well and positions of interest were and continue to be on hold.  Since much of my time prior to the transplant and COVID was focused on working, it was hard to be still and just Be. Being is an uncomfortable space to find yourself in after years of doing.  Through faith and trust, I learned what it meant to Be and was blessed with many gifts through this surrender.  By being still last year, I was able to see and understand God’s grace and His goodness.  I started writing about this goodness which I hope inspires you in your journey.  Have you taken some time to reflect on how God has worked in your life this past year and written a few key moments in your spiritual journey and identified your hopes for the new year? 

St Benedict said, “Whatever good work you begin to do, beg of God with the most earnest prayer to perfect it.”  I am taking some of my dreams to God this year and asking for help to sort out what needs an action plan.  Dreams will never come true if I do not take conscious steps towards making them a reality.  It is the intention of my actions.  What are your dreams?

A few years ago, I started setting a word of the year when I felt called to pay more attention to my spiritual life.  The Spirit always reveals the perfect word when I take notice through specific themes, images, songs, scripture, prayer, or meditations. 

Action is my word this year.   I am excited to see how this theme plays out through my year.  I feel this word will create the conditions conducive for the spiritual growth God desires for me.  I am praying for the courage to take action on what I am called to do and fight the bad habits that sometimes get in my way.  At times, I get lost with distractions and do what is urgent rather than what is important, this keeps me from moving towards my goals and the big picture.  Recently during my holy hour, I found myself spending two hours reading daily meditations, in addition to the daily mass readings and prayers on my phone.  Although these can support my spiritual growth, it did not feel productive.  My spiritual growth is about strengthening my relationship with my Creator which I do through prayer and spending time with Him.  I had the realization, it is not necessarily about what other people’s interpretations are, I need to take action on what I hear in the whispers of prayer to bring to the world.  Contemplation and action are both important and I am looking forward to a flow between the being and doing this year.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do and your plans will succeed. 

Focus on His truth, Proverbs 16:3

Planning is deciding what to change today so tomorrow will be different from yesterday. Our plans help us construct a vision of how we would like the future to be, but only actions will bring these things about.  With confidence in the rightness of our desires, we can be assured that God never gives us a dream we cannot reach.  I want God’s grace to take root in me this year to continue to see His goodness and take action to share this goodness.  I will need to ask for His help and guidance, not carry the weight of doing things all myself and saying no to being comfortable.  This will position me well to fully receive what God has for me in this new word and say Yes!

If you are new to The Word of the Year, check out this Abiding Together podcast for some inspiration and the great journal questions to get you started. 

I’d love to hear your Word of the Year.

Smitten with Goodness,

Cynthia

Shining a Light on Goodness: Prayer Bowls

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Now this is a good summary of new year’s resolutions!

Shining a light on goodness puts the spot light on what others are doing which can help us on our journey to see God’s goodness. A friend recently introduced me to Prayer Bowls and blessed me with a beautiful Serenity Angel for Christmas.

Do you ever find yourself saying “I’ll pray for you” but then it falls off your to do list? You can capture those prayers and intentions by creating a prayer bowl. The founder, shares goodness through her inspirational story of how God worked through her support our prayer lives. God is near to us when we pray. When we commit to pray, we see big changes.

The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call him in truth.

Focus on His truth, Psalm 145:18

Do You Have a Desire to Want Better?

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The start of a new year has always provided me with hope, a chance for new beginnings, a fresh start, and a time to recalibrate.  It is a time when I want to remember to accept what comes my way with joy and peace as well as practice supportive habits.  Attending to my spirit provides a crucial foundation for the way I want to live. The new year touchpoint puts a symbolic distance between us and the year we have had.  This past year which has taken our ordered lives and brought chaos, heartbreak, and uncertainty.  We have all experienced some level of disruption including loss of freedom, of health, of loved ones and our ideas of how things ought to be.  I think you will join me in saying it was a year of disorder.  But with disorder comes reorder.  God is always calling us forward to recalibrate and refocus our vision.  I find it more than a little ironic that 20/20 is perfect vision. 

What does perfect vision look like in a spiritual sense?  It is remaining awake and diligent, proclaiming the light, spreading words of hope, and feeding the fires of joy in our heart.  Here are some practical steps to measure our spiritual foundation and goodness this year:

Be attentive.  Awareness is a superpower in my book. By remaining awake and diligent, I can discern the signs of God’s intention and purpose for me. By spending time in prayer, contemplation and reading His word, I seek and learn my purpose and know His will for me.  I feed myself with the soul food that nourishes and satisfies. God always meets us where we are and provides what we need.

Act.  Once I have discerned my purpose and what I am being called to do, I need to act.  This takes courage.  Sometimes we know what God wants us to do but we do not act, either out of fear, laziness, or bad habits.  Action is my word for this year.  Did you know that the bible defines Goodness as action?  It is not something we do only for the sake of being virtuous.  In Greek, the word goodness, “agathosune” means an uprightness of heart and life.   I am being called to move my 2020 contemplation into greater action, especially for Smitten with Goodness. This action is proclaiming the light and spreading words of hope.

Expect Opposition.  On my spiritual journey, I need to expect opposition.  This can be external and internal.  Because we live in a compromised world, I must accept the reality that I lean toward sin and selfishness.  What does this look like for you?  For me, opposition is leaving my comfort zone and surrendering control.  My co-dependent tendencies of “helping” others can quickly become me “doing” things for them.  I call on the Serenity Prayer and remember wise words like “Don’t do anything for someone that they can do for themselves.” When I really have my control-freak on, I can pray this Surrender Novena which creates a shift in my heart and gives control to the one who is really in the driver seat.  Here is a cool screen saver I downloaded to help me remember “Jesus you are the Lord of my year, you are the Lord of my life.”   

Bring My Best to Christ.  Of course, I can choose to stay in my comfort zone.  When I do, I deprive those I love, and the world, of my best self.  Stress and anxiety raise thier nasty heads because I am not living my purpose.  Several questions that help me focus are:  Am I serving with my whole mind, heart, talents, and abilities and loving with all my strength?  Each one of us has gifts and talents no matter our stage in life, what are the gifts and talents I give away?  Using these talents to fulfill my purpose brings peace to my world and stokes the fires of joy in my heart.  We can be like the magi, the wise ones who seek Him. 

Go a different route.  If I want to change my life, for the better, I usually need to do something different.  When I open my heart to Christ, I can expect change and to walk a different path.  A path of love which is different from our current culture.  In the catholic church, the month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. and today is the feast day of The Holy Name of Jesus, where Jesus receives his name “God Saves.” This devotion was popularized by St. Bernardine of Siena and is often symbolized by the monogram “IHS,” (sometimes called a Christogram), which is the first three letters of the Greek spelling of His name.  Will you let His goodness save your weary, scared, or hungry soul? When I look up to His goodness, it ensures my intention and frees me from my natural impulses.  I acknowledge my dependence on the Spirit within who is eagerly waiting for me to surrender and renew me. 

Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new each morning; great is your faithfulness.”

Focus on His truth, Lamentations 3:22-23

God always wants to bring us somewhere better – the question is will I be drawn to evolve.  I think we all desire to want better for ourselves and the world around us. If we get out of our own way, we can develop, grow, and change for the good.  Let’s use the action of goodness as our measure for a successful year ahead.

Have a great week and be Smitten with Goodness,

Cynthia

Inspiring Goodness: An End and a Beginning

Dear Jesus, I have done so little for you in the past year. I do not know what you have in store for me for this year, yet I accept it with its joys, sacrifices, sorrow, pain, and even death—joyfully—for it is your choice. You will help me to do my part and cooperate with your grace, refrain from my habitual sins, overcome my faults and defects. O Jesus, you know that without you I am nothing. Be with me! Allow me to spend this coming year in your love and service, without counting the cost.

Bless me and my family, those with whom I come into contact—especially those who dislike me. They have good reasons. Bring to your feet those who seek you, groping for your Light. Bless and help the dying, the poor, the sick I deal with. Give the gift of holiness to all the priests I know and also the religious. Bless all those who love me and help me. Give strength, health and wisdom to the pope and bishops. Bless this house and all who are in it. Let me always remember that all that I am, all that I have are yours.

Come, Lord. Visit on us peace that we might rejoice before you.

Focus on His truth, Psalm 106:4-5

Sweet Lord, give me the peace of your Holy Spirit, the peace where nothing troubles me in my tiring day. Grant that when I am overburdened, the thought of your peace may come—beautiful and calming. The little irritations of this world are like needle pricks. Give me the strength not to notice them. Give me the peace of my faith that no worldly assault may shake. Help me. Bless me. Let me radiate your peace, Jesus of Nazareth, that in this impatient world your peace might be the peace of a turbulent sea quieted by your word.  

Sharing the goodness of a meditation by Catherine de Hueck Doherty, from Magnificat.

Awakening My Soul To Goodness

The beautiful nativity gifted to us for Christmas by my sister and brother in law!

Do you need more time like I do to bask in the spirit and joy of Christmas? To invite Christ to be your center and North star?  After the year we have had, I really want this gift of goodness to continue, especially to influence the new year.  Goodness is about tapping into Christ born in us.  It is created by God’s grace and my response to it.  When I respond with tears of gratitude for His love and mercy, that is goodness.  He is always inviting us forward and I can accept that invitation or not.  When I focus on the things that feed my soul, I can see the pathway to holiness a little clearer each year and be Smitten with Goodness.

Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Focus on His truth, Matthew 5:16

Our Christmas journey continues until February 2, we can reclaim daily the Christmas miracle to feed our hearts with joy.   Now that the hustle and bustle of the holiday baking and gift giving has come to an end, the rhythm of my normal routine beckons me.  This includes prioritizing my daily spiritual readings, scheduling more prayer time – the soul food that satisfies much better than the sugar and wine I overindulged in for the past few weeks!  Here are my current goals for the new year:

First, I plan to keep my nativity up through the Feast of the Presentation since it points us toward Jesus’ birth.  The Presentation is celebrated February 2, 40 days after the birth of Jesus.  The Presentation of Jesus is also called Candlemas, since the mini epiphany expresses the Jesus is the Light of the World.  I am praying that I might be able to attend mass in person and take my candles that I will use in my home on the Sabbath or feast days and have them blessed.   

Second, having found that structured prayer time has catapulted my spiritual growth this year, I commit to the following:

  • Continue praying my daily rosary with Many Hail Mary’s at a Time.  There are immeasurable spiritual benefits in praying the rosary.  The Blessed Mother was my 2020 Saint Buddy – she has become a spiritual mother, friend, and all-time role model for me! She prepares our hearts to accept grace!
  • Dedicate time to my Centering Prayer practice.  This is a receptive method of Christian silent prayer in which we experience God’s presence within us, closer than breathing, thinking and consciousness itself.
  • Participate in the By Their Fruits Prayer Pledge.  Every January the Blessed is She community comes together to dedicate the first 31 days of the year to prayer to begin, or reenforce the daily habit of prayer for the rest of the year and hopefully our lives.  This year the theme dives into the fruits of the Mysteries of the Rosary. 

Third, I am excited about Richard Rohr’s daily meditation theme of A Time of Unveiling.  This series is an opportunity to awaken to deeper transformation, love, and hope.  Accepting reality offers us an invitation to depth and to discover what is lasting and what matters. 

Fourth, I love the practice of having a saint buddy each year.  My Saint Buddy for the new year will be St. Joseph.  St. Joseph has been speaking to me throughout this past year but when Pope Francis proclaimed 2021 as the “Year of St. Joseph” that sealed my decision!

Finally, I will continue the path of simplicity.  My tolerance for chaos and clutter has lessened over the years.  Simplifying my life helps me focus on the things important and establishing priorities like my relationships, with my creator, myself, my husband, family, and friends – doing what matters most first is the key to living a busy life with inner calm.  If you are up for taking a Simplicity Challenge, Emily Ley has a great one when you feel you need a little bit of simplicity in your life.  Physical clutter = mental clutter so both are addressed through the challenge and most tasks can be completed in 20 minutes or less. 

Hopefully, my goals might provide some inspiration for you.  Let me know when you finalize yours and how you plan to be Smitten with Goodness.

Cynthia

My Peace I Give To Others

I believe what we hold in our heart is a microcosm of what we bring into the world.  During this fourth Sunday of Advent, we prayerfully light the Angel’s Candle or the Candle of Love in the Catholic tradition.  This symbolizes the Christmas message of the angels “Peace on Earth, Good Will Toward Men.” You can find the full message here. 

As I light the candle, I acknowledge my less-than-perfect preparation of heart during this season of waiting for the coming of Christ.  As much as I try on my own, I fall short.  I am reminded that if I were perfect, I would not need a Savior. It is only when I fully appreciate how flawed I am that the miracle of Christmas becomes personal. It is in Christ that my hope resides, which is what I embrace as I light the candles today. Only He can infuse healing light into our broken hearts, broken bodies, and a broken world, bringing peace and joy regardless of our circumstances. I remember to go back to my Advent mantra, prepare me God, you are my center.

Peace comes when we trust God and say, I do not have a clue what I am going to do about this, but I am going to pray about it because you are in control and you know what you are doing. Jesus tells us to put on his yoke and learn from him when we feel burdened.  This does not mean that we sit down and abdicate all responsibility we still need to move forward and do our part. The critical thing is to determine what we are responsible for and what part is out of our hands. We must trust God with that we cannot control.

Corrie Ten Boom writes that worry is caring tomorrow’s load with today’s strength – carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength and robs us of our peace.  This keeps me from bringing my best self into this world.

Stress, the opposite of peace, is a contributing factor to many physical problems, including diabetes, stomach problems, mental illness, and even tumor development, writes Salleh Mohd Razali in his scientific article on life events, stress, and illness. But the good news is that the amount of stress you have is not what predicts how it will affect you in the long run — it is how you react to the stress in your life that determines how well your body can handle it, say psychologists like Alexandra Crosswell and Dr. Elissa Epel.  There are some practical tips on how to develop a healthy mindset during a very unusual holiday season here, such as changing how you think about stress, assessing your daily habits, getting better support and not letting work consume you.

During this Advent, I have been meditating on Mary’s willingness to say yes. She certainly did not have all the facts, but she said yes in an act of faith.  We can rely on Mary’s example and pray for her grace daily and invite the Spirit to come and mold our hearts, minds, and words – becoming our personal fiat.

Let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.

Focus on His truth, 1 John 3:18

Rejoice, the Prince of Peace is coming bringing a peace that surpasses all our human understanding. Being a peacemaker is a hard job for all of us.  We may not always be successful, but we must remain faithful to this work. It is through this peace of heart that we can bring goodwill to our homes, friends, and communities. 

I hope you will join me in seeking peace on earth, bringing good will toward all, and being Smitten with Goodness.

Cynthia

I’m Choosing Joy!

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Happy Third Sunday of Advent. Today is Gaudete Sunday which means rejoice! Besides lighting the rose-colored candle on the Advent wreath, we celebrate that our hopeful anticipation for the coming of Christ at Christmas is almost over. This beautiful liturgical color signifies joy. 

Color is a powerful tool, evoking certain emotions.  For me, rose is a happy and pretty color and prompts me to feel calm – joyous, especially during this busy time of year when I put undue pressure on myself.  It has been an especially tough year with my husband’s fragile health condition on top of living through my first pandemic.  Choosing simplicity and connection facilitates my joy which includes taking care of my body, mind, and soul.  When I get stressed out it is hard for me to acknowledge my limitations and surrender to my savior.   It helps to get back to the basics like offering my mind, my mouth, and heart to God as I wake up in the morning asking the Spirit to use me and drive my agenda to accomplish His will. 

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.

Focus on His truth, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

I think a lot of us are struggling to find joy in our hearts right now.  Dreaming and joy are intrinsically linked It weighs on us to dream since we do not know when all the heaviness of this year will end.  It was interesting to read this woman’s perspective on how hope can be tangled up in expectant joy, and yet somehow manage to prod at sorrow and those parts of ourselves where we dare not dream for fear of disappointment. 

Do you need encouragement to live joy right now? If so, check out this free mini retreat to ignite hope in your heart.  I’ve been inspired when I can fit the video’s into my day.

Fr. Jacques Philippe, from his teachings on Interior Freedom, says “The most important and most fruitful acts of our freedom are not those by which we transform the outside world as those by which we change our inner attitude in light of the faith that God can bring good out of everything without exception. He is a never-failing source of unlimited riches. Our lives no longer have in them anything negative, ordinary, or indifferent. Positive things become a reason for gratitude and joy, negative things an opportunity for abandonment, faith, and offering everything becomes a grace.”  It took me a long while, but I think I am understanding what he is talking about. 

God comes every day to visit His people, to visit every man and woman who receives Him in the Word, in the Sacraments, in their brothers and sisters Pope Francis says.  Jesus, the Bible tells us, is at the door and knocks… Do you know how to listen to the Lord who knocks, who has come today to visit you, who knocks at your heart restlessly, with an idea, with inspiration?… Be careful, look at what you feel in your heart when the Lord knocks.”

What is tugging at your heart as we wait in anticipation for Christmas? 

The need for rejoicing is stirring in mine. I choose joy and to be Smitten with Goodness,

Cynthia

Inspiring Goodness: Our Lady of Guadalupe

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I was inspired by goodness this morning and my heart was opened in awe while reading about the historical event of the great feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  This was a cultural game changer, opening individual hearts to love and humanity. 

Within ten years of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe practically the entire Mexican people, nine million strong, had converted to Christianity.  And with that great national conversion, the Aztec practice of human sacrifice came to an end. She had done battle with fallen spirits and had won a culture-changing victory for the God of love.

This, my friends, is a tangible and powerful force for change! 

While human sacrifice is not an acceptable practice in our society, a mega trend of dehumanization is.  This is a world where we lose empathy and objectify ourselves and others as I’m learning about while reading Braving the Wilderness.   This is not how we were created to live.  Empathy is when I look a person in the eye and see Gods creation in front of me.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, can I borrow your heart? Teach me, like you taught your son, nonviolent and forgiving love. 

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; My spirit rejoices in God my savior. 

Focus on His truth, Luke 1:46-47

Our world needs you more than ever. Prepare my heart this Advent.   I beg you to allow your goodness to radiate through me!  Amen 

Praying we all choose to be Smitten With Goodness,

Cynthia