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…

Broken Child of God

One thing I love about living in the country is that my nights here are so quiet and undisturbed except for the sounds of nature. After every one is asleep and all my chores are done, I step outside to finally pause and breathe in the fresh country air. Last night, that moment came at…

Hallelujah

Thomas Merton says, “In a world of noise, confusion, and conflict, it is necessary that there be places of inner silence and peace, not the peace of mere relaxation but the peace of inner clarity and love.” These places of inner silence and peace can have so many personal meanings. I came across this quote…

Staying Centered

“God has not called me to be successful; He has called me to be faithful.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta * * * I am on job search site again at 5 in the morning, trying to find another job. Honestly, it’s been so hard to get up at 4 in the morning to go to…

The Darkest Hour Is Just Before the Dawn.

  Hide, the lead guitarist from X Japan was only 33 years old when he was found dead hanged by a towel tied to a doorknob in his apartment in Tokyo. It was in 1998, the year after they disbanded X Japan to focus on solo projects.  Once the Authorities officially announced Hide’s death a…

Daily Miracle

I was probably not always like this. Mom said that I was the cutest baby, and that I was loved by everyone. You were loved by every one, your dad adored you, baby girl. Mom told me once when I asked her about my early years beyond the power of my memories. Before the memories of…

You Are a Suffering Surfer

  Don’t be scared– Don’t be afraid. You know you are not alone. You can ride it out– one wave after another, one hurricane after another, until the final tsunami comes, until the final wave comes to take you all the way to the shore.   Remember. You are a surfer. You are a suffering…

Prayers for Suffering Souls

Suicide violates the fifth commandment of God “Thou shall not kill.” To kill is a mortal sin. Life comes from God, and it is a grave act of rebellion to take one’s own life, voluntarily rejecting the very gift God gave every human person. But the mentally ill people do not have the knowledge of the…

Life in the Unfolding Grace

A Christian radio program I listen to sometimes has this game where the listeners call to brag about their children named after the people in the bible. They pick different names every day; Luke, John, Joseph, Mary, Jacob, etc. The choices are endless, though it is mostly boy’s names. The name chosen on this particular…

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…