Inspiration

Are You Living Dead or Alive?

Recently I have noticed being stuck in a rut.  As much as I love the comfort of a routine, I am realizing that this can create a deadness in me. So, I have decided to switch it up.  When I say my daily rosary, rather than praying with community, I walk in silence observing nature.  I am throwing some Pilates in with my yoga practice.  I am re-committed to tracking what I eat.  And I am actively calling the Holy Spirit to be with me throughout my day.  These small, intentional changes help me live more fully alive, feeling inspired rather than in the deadness of a rut.  Next step will be to add some creative spice.  My needlepoint is calling me again.  It is a two-fer – I can enjoy nightly Netflix with my husband, and I can keep my fingers busy and the snacking at bay!

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Guide to Goodness, Shining a Light on Goodness

Lessons from a Dead Tree

This week has been a life-giving week of self-awareness and understanding the destructive nature of my self-reliance.  Who knew that a dead tree would help me let go of a little piece of the lie I tell myself that “It’s all up to me?” 

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Inspiring Goodness

Five Words That Can Change the World

Living through the pandemic and all its challenges that have been exposed has been tough.  From job loss, health crisis, identity crisis and watching the social injustice, it is easy to become hopeless and feel like there is nothing one person can do.  But there is.  Each and every one of us can say these five words which will profoundly impact our world:

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Shining a Light on Goodness. The Empty Tomb: Easter with Mary Magdalene and Elizabeth Ann Seton

With St. Mary Magdalene, let us accept Christ’s ‘Do not touch me’ with the certainty that His words give us a new mission, and a new way to be with Him, just as St. Elizabeth Ann Seton met the hardships of her life with renewed faith and strength. Written by Lisa Lickona from the Seton Reflection published last year.  

Christ’s Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection, Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov (1806 – 1858)

This year we celebrate our great and holy Feast, the Resurrection of Our Lord, in the most unexpected circumstances, most of us separated from physical participation in the Mass and the opportunity to receive Communion.

We are cut off from our family and friends and our parish communities. And we wonder: how can we live in this new situation, separated from the Body of God—both in the Eucharist and the living Church?

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Shining a Light on Goodness: We Adore You, O Christ, and We Praise You

One of the drawings created by the children
of the “Mater Divini Amoris” Family Home and the “Tetto Casal Fattoria” Family Home

As was the case last year during the beginning of the pandemic closures, this year’s Stations of the Cross (or Via Crucis) presided over by Pope Francis were held in the quiet and virtually empty St. Peter’s Square.  This year, though, the mediations and prayers for each Station were prepared and read by children from Rome and other Italian cities.  The faith and hope expressed by these children are profound and moving and are worthy of further reflection during this Easter season.  As a complement to the text of the meditations and prayers provided here, you can watch a video of the Stations and hear the children’s sweet voices, as well as see several of the children greet Pope Francis with hugs after the Stations concluded. 

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Shining a Light on Goodness: A Pattern We Can Trust, A Richard Rohr Meditation

All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing will be well.
Julian of Norwich, Showings, chapter 27

Today we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which allows faithful Christians to trust that, indeed, all will be well. I like to think of the resurrection as God’s way of telling us that God can take the worst thing in the world—the killing of the God-Human Jesus—and change it into the best thing: the redemption of the world.

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Shining a Light on Goodness: He is Risen

By Amy D’Ambra, Founder of My Saint My Hero
My Saint My Hero Blog Posted on April 04 2021

You, Jesus, love us by dying, by suffering abandonment, by bestowing Your spirit unto us, by doing the Father’s will, by offering everything up for our sins, and trusting in the greater plan of GOD. 

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