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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Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – The Beauty of Radical Forgiveness

Day Twenty One: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  Sin hurts us and offends God.  Am I humble enough to ask for and accept forgiveness?

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Lives of the Saints

There is Something About Mary Series – All Shall Be Well

Day Seventeen: Ponder, Pray, Reflect, Act

Ponder:  We suffer in the world, but Jesus has conquered the world.

As we look at the final Sorrowful Mystery today, I hope your heart has been opened to Christ’s Passion in a new way. These are my favorite mysteries of the rosary. Many find them hard and difficult. I find them beautiful as they demonstrate God’s profound love for us and the lengths he will go to show us and assure us that all will be well.

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Acts of Goodness

Did You Help Tend to My Souls?

It is no secret that many people are struggling with the label Christian.  In fact, the millennial generation is witnessing the rise of a group sociologists now call the “Nones”—people who proudly boast no religious affiliation.  Young people are leaving Christianity and joining this group in droves. In the past decade alone, this group has grown 40%.  All the while, the quest for spirituality and the practice of mindfulness to find inner peace is off the charts. 

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Guide to Goodness

Good Friday Lord’s Passion: Action Speaks Louder than Words

So much of my life I was caught up in what people would say instead of basing reality on their behaviors.  This likely stems from having significant relationships in my life who were emotionally unavailable to me in my formative years.  This destructive coping mechanism led me into a lot of wishful thinking and living in the hopeful future.  After suffering the consequences of a failed marriage and another long-term dating relationship, I was able to see how this habit was not serving me well and was able to change my mindset to ensure that actions must match words.

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