Hope

I’m going for a long walk today. Into the woods, along the lake, muddy trails will guide my path. And on this long, long trail, I finally have time to ponder. I ponder on all the paths that I have taken. I think about how all those small roads have brought me here. It’s a…

Anxiety Turned into Love

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. -Joshua 1:9 Let nothing disturb you, nothing frighten you;  All things are passing; God never changes.  -St. Teresa of Jesus Let us throw ourselves into the ocean of God’s goodness where every failing will be…

Waiting out the Rain

It’s a quiet morning, just waiting out the rain in my car. A brief sunny day after more than a week of rain storms passed quickly and the familiar rain is here again. All morning, I have been hearing depressing stories. Jobs are on the line for two of my direct family members. Basically all…

Fully Human and Fully Spiritual

It was a picturesque evening, a perfect version of a carefree summer evening. Not just the evening, my whole day was perfect as a matter of fact. It was a day well lived in perfect balance and harmony of being human and spiritual at the same time. I have to tell you, it is not…

He makes all things new

I stepped out of the chapel after praying and discovered forcynthia bushes on the way to their fullness. Even though the winter just won’t budge, spring is fighting her way in, spreading its unmistakable hope all over the world. It looks like snow will fall down any moment and I am wearing two thick layers…

Life with a Dog

Between a toddler and a 4 months old puppy, I’ve bad very little time left for my quiet reflections. I do miss my previous life with many pauses and serene and idle moments, but this seems fitting at this moment in my life. Our Buddy fills our lives with so much joy. Truly, dogs are…

Native State

How do you even begin to describe moments like this? When there is such silent pause that you don’t hear a single ticking of the clock, as if you are caught in the sweet web of eternity? The moment feels so ethereal. The words such as rest, retreat, relaxation, surrender fill your mind and you…

Warm Corner

You got to have a warm corner where you can cocoon inside and nurture your soul. I have such several places throughout my small country house. This morning, I found myself curled up here in this comfortable corner of my couch in the living room. Covered in my white winter blanket with white cushion supporting…

Treasures Hidden in the fields

Empower me to be a bold participant, rather than a timid saint in waiting, in the difficult ordinariness of now; to exercise the authority of honesty, rather than to defer to power, or deceive to get it; to influence someone for justice, rather than impress anyone for gain; and, by grace, to find treasures of…

To Learn Something by Being Nothing

The dream of my life Is to lie down by a slow river And stare at the light in the trees- To learn something by being nothing A little while but the rich Lens of attention -Mary Oliver Nothing gives me more happiness than the perfectly timed prose that delights my heart and mind. Such…