An Instrument of God

It has been rather a tough week for me that maybe at some point I will share with my readers. In spite of this, or maybe because of it, I am wanting to make sure I post something. I need to send a little light out into the universe and hope that it will touch…

Cultivating Our Awe of God

Confession I must admit, I am guilty of forgetting the power of God. I become so caught up in my own problems that I forget how great is our God! Contemplation What kinds of things can we do to remind ourselves of the beauty and majesty of our Lord? What things should we consider dialing…

A Mansion on a Hill

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. ~ John 14: 1-2 These words of Jesus have struck a chord with believers throughout the…

Examen in Tranquility

I have been following and exploring the spiritual exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola this month with the Jesuits of Britain Pathways to God. One of the practices that they encourage is to pray the “Examen” which teaches a guided meditation to daily examen your day or your week through prayer. The following phrases and…

Divine Moments

Life is a journey with many passing stages. Each step of our way is filled with its own unique challenges, but also blessings. Can you think of a few? The time of sweetness when we hold a baby for the fist time and let them curl their little fingers around ours. The days of pure…

Remembering Joy

A day of preparation for the celebration to come… A day of remembrance and prayer so that we might understand better that which we are celebrating–a country built on freedom. I relish this pause in our busy schedules so that we might remember, as a country, all of our history. This scene, painted in 1897,…

Getting Away

We all need to get away To find a bit of breathing room New perspectives Time to reconnect with family A break from the day to day Only this year I am struggling with a tailbone injury/issue that isn’t allowing me to sit in the car for longer than a short trip across town. So…

Drifting and planting seeds

Resting in the shade… Escaping the heat of the day. Each in their private meditation. Lost in thoughts… Drifting… We’re living in topsy-turvy times, and I think that what causes the topsy-turvy feelings is inadequacy of old forms of thought to deal with new experiences…you have to stop and drift laterally for a while until…

By the Sea

Recently,  I have been drawn to the paintings of Paul Gauguin. This might seem unexpected in light of his life story that features desertion of his family and the ugly episode the night Van Gogh dislocated his ear lobe. Let’s just say it is easy to judge him harshly because of these stories. Then I…

A Voice Crying in the Wilderness

  Not sure why I am so drawn to this painting, but there is just something about it that really speaks to my soul. So let’s unpack it together. Painted in 1890, it is the last painting Van Gogh produced in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, shortly before he died. It is sort of a last testimony if…