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What We Learn from Darkness

“I will bless the Lord who gives me counsel, who even at night directs my heart.” ~ Psalm 16  For decades I’ve called myself a morning person, an early bird. I am drawn to the light for so many reasons. It reveals truth with such clarity. It renews hope. It warms the soul. On the [...]

By | January 3rd, 2018|Faith and Family, Featured, parenting, prayer, spirituality|1 Comment

A Year with Mary

Author Paul Thigpen begins this beautiful classic tome on the Blessed Mother, A Year With Mary: Daily Meditations on the Mother of God, with the timeless quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux: "Of Mary, there is never enough!" Indeed, for converts and cradle Catholics alike, we can never exhaust the breathless mystery encasing Our Lady. [...]

By | December 27th, 2017|Book Reviews, Faith and Family, Featured, prayer, spirituality|0 Comments

The Peace of Christmas

I'm writing this on the infamous Black Friday. Even the name itself gives way to impending doom. It's the one day of year I purposefully avoid the shopping malls, restaurants, retailers, you name it. In fact, I prefer to hole up in our home rather than brave the masses of anxious, angry, and eager shoppers [...]

I Am His Beloved

I paused before exiting the guest bedroom. It was still new to me, since we had moved only a little over a month prior. But the walk-in closet beckoned me to open it, reminding me that I had thrust every photo album, film negative, loose picture, and scrapbook on the shelves in desperation to get [...]

By | November 29th, 2017|Faith and Family, Featured, prayer, spirituality|0 Comments

Flourishing and Dying

About two months ago, our family moved to a new city and home. Life was on the cusp of a spring breakthrough, though we couldn’t yet perceive all of its wonder and glory. Our new backyard was riddled with sticks and brown, parched grass. Heavily pruned and unidentifiable bushes adorned the brick pathway through the [...]

By | November 22nd, 2017|Faith and Family, Featured, prayer, spirituality|0 Comments