The cure for loneliness.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 7, 2021”
Let’s Celebrate Our JoyContinue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 6, 2021”
Immersed in joy.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 5, 2021”
Today I choose You, I choose joy!Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 4, 2021”
Does your soul proclaim the greatness of the Lord?Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 3, 2021”
The Spirit dances. Let Your good Spirit lead me on a joyful path.Continue reading “Gift of Goodness – August 2, 2021”
As we mature in our spiritual journey, we realize that it is the little things that mean the most. When we live in a manner worthy of our call, we trust completely in the Lord’s goodness, thanking him and blessing Him, with nothing wasted. Our call is to love and live in the spirit of love. Our purpose is to share the love of Christ that we have received with others. When we stand on this firm foundation, we find life’s meaning in living with a purpose.
Today, we explore the second fruit of the Spirit, joy. Life is going to give us trials and tribulations, but we can have joy when our life is eternally ordered. When our eyes are fixed on pure love, we can’t help but have a grateful heart, full of joy. God protects those who hope in Him, and His holiness provides our firm foundation, bestowing abundant mercy upon us. With Him as our ruler and our guide, the smallest moment is not wasted. The littlest acts of love include such things as deferring to another, or offering words of encouragement, a smile, or some hope. Nothing is wasted. Through this purpose and meaning, our moral life as Christians is sustained, we grow in holiness or wholeness and bear good fruit.Continue reading “Finding Life’s Meaning. Fruit of the Spirit: Joy”
Another blow. Why can’t we catch a break? These were my thoughts as I drove my husband to the emergency room. He had only been home from the hospital 20 days after previous admissions adding up to more than 200 days following his bone marrow transplant last year. Sometimes it is just too much to be surrounded by all the suffering, the uncertainty life brings, and waiting in the fear of the what ifs. The blanket of heaviness can descend upon me covering me in darkness when all I want to do is bask in the light.Continue reading “Reclaiming Peace”
Today’s post is written by a guest contributor Jacquelyne Rocan. Jacquelyne has been a spiritual sister to me throughout the years and I am pleased to introduce you to her!
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent and I find myself recalling this time last year. While there were certainly reports of the new coronavirus circulating in more and more communities, I celebrated Ash Wednesday in 2020 in many of the same ways that I have always marked that day — attending Mass, receiving ashes on my forehead, fasting, and setting in place plans for experiencing a holy and spiritual Lenten season. This included plans for additional prayers, readings, and attending Stations of the Cross. I marked times for all of the Holy Week services on my calendar — the Easter Triduum of Holy Thursday Mass, Good Friday service, and Easter Vigil Mass. It was important to me to fully participate and prepare by attending these services, as much as I could (especially through many years of serving on the RCIA team in my parish). My Lenten and Easter seasons have felt incomplete when I have been unable to prepare and attend the Easter Triduum services.Continue reading “Hope is Not Canceled”
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.Continue reading “Do You Have a Desire to Want Better?”