“Every Sunday is a little Easter carried throughout the year. An opportunity to celebrate, and to remember the resurrection … Just as on Easter Sunday we linger over empty plates in good company, so too can we linger at the table every Sunday.” Mary Conway shares another gem here, encouraging us to be Church, apostles of joy.
“I believe loving one another must first begin with our relationship with Jesus. I challenge you the next time you pray, to close your eyes and have a seat with Jesus.” Destiny Welsh shares a new post at The Well’s blog, reminding us the more time we spend developing our relationships with the Lord, the more He will form our hearts to His own.
“Maybe this year you can keep that manger scene up after the Christmas tree has come down. Maybe you can leave those wise men for their own spotlight. They could appear after Christmas and slowly, ever so slowly, make their way to the Christ Child. And during that journey, allow some quiet time for your own epiphany.” – Cindy Clefisch
A lot of what we know about the wise men is from the gifts they brought. In this sense, the wise men’s story can be ours, too. One of the best gifts we can give, to not only Jesus but others, is the gift of our own heart. And when we think of giving hearts fully and freely, we can think of authentic spiritual friendships.
The holidays can create unique pressures on us. There are a dizzying array of demands and decisions to make: travel plans, family preparations, finances, shopping, cooking and cleaning to name just a few. It’s no wonder uninvited guests called stress and depression can find their way into our hearts and homes during the holidays. Today’s five-minute reflection gets to the heart of it all.
“In union with the Sacrifice of the Mass and your own personal prayer, may you know more deeply that you amaze the God of the universe.” Lovely thoughts to ponder courtesy Brooke Miller in her latest contribution on The Well’s blog. “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed…” (Matthew 8:10). I read this phrase for Read more about Linger Here and Rest[…]
Our June blogpost comes from Julie Nelson. I have lived most of my life constantly striving for self-improvement. As I blew out the birthday candles marking my midlife, I hit a wall, straight on, head first, stop me in my tracks type of wall. I have always been a seeker, a learner. I would hunker Read more about Be Joyful In Your Littleness[…]
Our May reflection is courtesy Bonnie Shaw. Sitting on the cork floor of the parish hall during EDGE youth group one Wednesday in March, Scott Froyen’s words during his saint presentation captured my attention. He was speaking of St. Katherine Drexel, a wealthy American heiress who dedicated herself to work among American Indians and African Read more about Uncovering a Legacy[…]
Our April reflection is courtesy Sharon Witty. As I read the entries written for this blog site by YOUNG women, I am impressed by their spiritual knowledge. And I think, Who do I think I am? I’m not on any level with these women. Why did I sign up to write for this blog? And Read more about Inferior? Nah![…]
The Joyful Things At times I’m so discouraged With problems of the day. I fail to see the joyful things That are along the way. When troubles overwhelm me, It’s then my nerves may fray, That’s when I need to take the time To simply sit and pray. Reflecting on God’s many gifts Read more about The Joyful Things[…]