Holy Spirit

“How do you speak about the Holy Spirit in such a way that it is clear and has something to do with my concrete life experience?” -The Genesee Diary, Henry J.M. Nouwen It’s six O’cock and it’s still dark. It would have been five in the morning just a couple of weeks ago before the…

Count Your Blessing

The other day, I did a small activity suggested by my good friend, and a Stephen Ministry counselor, P. Make a list of 10 positives in your life, she suggested to me as my mind was overly focusing on the negatives of my current life. I was entering my third week here in the new…

You are Free from your Infirmity

“Woman, you are free from your infirmity”, told Jesus to the woman with a double bent back for 18 years. “Immediately, she straightened up and praised God”, I read in today’s reading (which was yesterday, by the way). Infirmity. That one word penetrated right into my heart. I was full of it. Weaknesses of all…

Stairway to Heaven

What is it about steps that makes you want to sit still and stare down? The long staircase that leads you down to the floor below lies right before your eyes. One step at a time, I climbed to reach the top where my two bedrooms are. After I finally put my daughter to sleep,…

Magical Things

The Third Charm. It’s the title of a Korean soap I am watching currently. I normally don’t watch television shows. But I do once in a blue moon when I feel like my creativity has dried out. I asked my Korean friend for a suggestion and this was what she suggested. The Third Charm. Biblically,…

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…

Moving Right Along

It is hard to imagine me living in the city once again, not waking up to the sounds of chirping birds and taking in the fresh breath of the crisp morning air. My mind and heart automatically remember the peace of this place and I am saddened by the first thought that wakes my emotional…

Everything Is Grace

I had just finished praying the rosary. Tears flooded down my face wetting the floor. I could hardly open my eyes after crying for a couple of hours. Lord, help me finish this life, not by my own power but purely by your grace. When these words poured out of my mouth, my tears finally…

The Storms of Our Lives

Was it a vision? Or my imagination? I still try to find an explanation for that night. It was sometime between 2 and 5 AM when my sleeping daughter kicked her cute chubby leg up into the air only to have it land on my belly. At that moment, I was awakened instantly and had…

A Sense of Belonging

“Captain Benwick reading poetry aloud while Captain Harville mends his fishing net is a little image of how she imagined a secure home and a sense of belonging.” I read this morning, sitting under the parasol on my yard. The early morning breeze tells me that the autumn is not far off. I can taste…