There Is No One Like Me

~ ~ ~ I am at the church praying in the darkness. It’s 6 in the morning. Worship music plays gently, but I am in my own world. A world of fear.  Why do I fear so much? And what do I fear?  I know the answer. It’s an abstract fear. It’s the sort that…

Sincerely Yours, Lilyboat

  When a newspaper asked G. K. Chesterton, ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’, he replied with the letter:   ‘Dear Sirs: I am. Sincerely Yours, G. K. Chesterton.’   I heard this story- for the first time! Unbelievable, I know!- from my priest at my parish. He quoted this story in his homily today at the…

Come, Mighty One, Take My Heart

How would you like me to spend this Lent? What would you like me to give up? Yourself. What?!?  Give up yourself. How do I do that? How do I give up myself? The way my mother gave up her womb to make room for me. The way John the Baptist gave up the fame…

The Prayer of Mary by Keith Fournier

  We observe Lent starting from tomorrow. I’ve found a perfect companion for this season. The Prayer of Mary by the author Keith Fournier(also includes some poems by Lela Gilbert) is a devotional book about our Blessed Mother Mary. Mr. Fournier beautifully, and gently walks you through the ways of Our Lady, showing us her…

The Life Mixology

Towards the end of my run, I almost always run all the way to the coffee shop to cool down while reading Washington Post. S is at the bar this morning, and asks if I am working today. “Have you ever seen me work?”, I joke. I’ve just had to defend myself when they harmlessly accused…

Pascal Mystery(The conversion story of Pascal)

November 23, 1654. On that historical November day, Pascal was riding his carriage when the horses bolted, throwing him into the roadway. That night, Pascal had a vision. His room was filled with flooding light. He saw Jesus, and scribbled his ecstatic joy on a parchment which he sewed inside his coat pocket as a…

We Are Family

There’s a new hope rising in my heart. The sun is rising outside the cafe, sky is all pink, its innocent face blushing lightly at the appearance of the commercial prince, the M/S shopping center. The buildings here are slightly designed to resemble medieval castles. It’s a fusion between medieval and modern styles. It’s so…

Let Love Reign

  Greater is love than life and death. It is the power that lets the birds fly, It is the power that lets the humans breathe. It is the power that creates.   When God loved, We became. So we, too, shall let love govern us. Let love reign, and we shall be created in…

Little Girl

One weekday morning in Hawaii, I was walking down the hill for a long walk to have breakfast in the downtown by myself. It was going to be a 30 minute walk in the glorious Hawaiian sun light. I was off from work that day, a free woman with no care in the world. I…