Giving Glory to God(everyday)

  This is a daily retreat from Jesuit Ministry(Loyola Press). I found this very apt for today’s reflection. Click for the┬áDaily Retreat(12.31.2012): Son of God, Son of Mary Psalm 96:3 Tell God’s Glory among the nations; among all peoples, God’s marvelous deeds. <text> There are days when we feel God’s presence and want to sing…

Shamelessly Sensitive

The first thing I do once everyone leaves the house on Sundays is to shut all the blinds and drape the particularly bright window in the dining area. On the dining table is where I will be spending most of the day alone, reading, and writing. When D and I were working the other morning,…

Losing One’s Mind

Can one give too much of oneself into a work to the extent of losing one’s mind and become mad? If so, Montaigne seems to think it a waste, to destroy oneself in such a way. Torquato Tasso, the Italian poet, who produced “Gerusalemme liberata(The Liberation of Jerusalem)”, had lost his mind and was confined…

One Pebble at a Time

The Crow and the Pitcher A Crow, half-dead with thirst, came upon a Pitcher which had once been full of water; but when the Crow put its beak into the mouth of the Pitcher he found that only very little water was left in it, and that he could not reach far enough down to…

Chaplet of Divine Mercy

Today, I wake up to a very quiet Christmas day. I feel grateful that God has blessed me this day with so much peaceful solitude. Truly, He gives not like the world gives! Jesus said “I do not give to you as the world gives.” in John 14:27. Ironically, that contrast is most evident during…

Everything to Gain

I am so used to my wretched cry when I kneel to pray that when I am at complete peace during my prayer, I am at a complete loss. Some very dramatic element is missing, so I try to squeeze out some painful memories to produce some tears. But today, I did something that was…

Overcoming Doubt

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. Psalm 23:1 When it feels like God has withdrawn His presence, the days are covered in thick fog that lasts throughout the entire day, and the perception as obscure as the overcast sky. Everything loses its colors and it feels like walking with my eyes closed. So…

Nunc Coepi

“For two years I have been a hermit and have not appreciated the fact, or lived as one.┬áNunc coepi. Father Barnabas Mary, the Passionist in Chicago, wrote to me about Father Charbel who lived as a hermit in Syria- he was a Maronite. Everyone forgot about him. He died. Fifty years later his body was…

Beyond the Moment

  If I defied my fallen nature even for a single day, and lived that day doing the perfect will of God, my life was worth it because of that one day.   If I suffered great pain even for a single soul, and endured it by praying for God’s strength, my soul will be…

St. Mary Di Rosa – Saints & Angels – Catholic Online

When the soldiers came pounding the door to destroy , St. Mary Di Rosa opened the door holding a large crucifix with two nuns at her side with candle lights! At that, the soldiers lost their sinful cause, and they were filled with shame. St. Mary De Rosa fought the darkness with the light, literally….

Blessed

When Mr. Norm told me about the new Graphic Memoir “Marbles” by the cartoonist Ellen Forney, I had to get it right away. This book should be disturbing and sad for me, but it wasn’t. It was more funny than disturbing, especially during her manic stage. I have to say, the depression section was pretty…