What do you value?

The way we spend our time says a lot about what we value. For me, observation of sunrise and sunset is one of the most valuable times of my whole day. It’s the opening and closing of a very valued book. It is a sacred encounter in the deepest and most meaningful way. The sun was…

Accepting Life through Clear Seeing and Compassion

Peace arises from the acceptance of life for all its glory, pain, suffering, joy, and happiness. This momentary peace won’t last. No one lives in a constant state of peace. Next will come sadness, loneliness, confusion, longing, and wanting. But they too, shall not last. Nothing last forever, unless with God. It is God that…

Let Nothing Disturb You

A book that I have been waiting for is finally here. A morning spent with great teachings of St. Teresa of Avila and a hot mug full of hot chocolate on this cold winter morning is a lot to be thankful for. I am short on time for my writing today, so I replace my…

The Flight

* * * Winter light displays are installed every few feet of the park path. The lights are not on yet. It’s only 9 in the morning on sunday. It’s quiet in the park. I don’t see a soul. Only a flock of birds napping on the lake, gently gliding on the serene glossy water….

A Vision to Save

I think it was about this time last year that I was sitting on my parent’s front porch suppressing my suicidal urge. It was especially intense that morning, and the scary thing was that I was home alone. Well, to the human eyes, I was alone. But I knew I wasn’t. I knew I had…

Maintaining Peace

No one, and nothing can invade your inner space. Let nothing disturb you. Let nothing shatter your peace. Learn to maintain the peace you have. It’s as easy as breathing. If you can maintain your breath, you can maintain your peace. If God who gives life gives you breath, then He who gives peace will…

The Smell of Peace

* * * My 5 year old niece climbs up to the bed I was lying on and lands flat on top of my chest. She has her head directly on my chest and inhales deeply. She says, “You smell nice!” “I do? What do I smell like?” “You smell like imo(means ‘antie’, in Korean)!”…

The Quiet Writing Life

* * * You need to assess the potential of your idea when you start a new business. It can save you from financial ruin by giving you an objective perspective. You must do this before you follow through any business plans, or any careers for that matter because once you are in, you are…

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…