Originally written: February 26, 2015 I went to a talk today given by a young man who's been through a lot. Since the age of 18, he has experienced constant pain behind his eyes. He's been to 60 or more doctors...and they still don't know the exact cause of his pain. He's grown through this … Continue reading What Do You Have Right Now?
Sometimes we reach a point where every single fiber in us is crying. Not literally, but it still feels like it. Our bodies ache, our heart aches, our very souls seem to ache. No matter what we do, no matter how much we try to push past the ache, to accept and move on, to … Continue reading When Everything Hurts
Fitting in. Sound familiar? I know that at least once in your life time (I know I have countless times) wanted to fit in to a certain group or activity. This isn't a bad desire. In fact, it is good to want to be a part of something, to be connected to others. Here is … Continue reading Fitting in: The Question of the Modern Christian
An absent glance. A tired or careless voice. A sigh. A failure to make eye contact. A lack of enthusiasm. Impatience or frustration. Each and every one of these things can, and often does, initiate a misunderstanding. We have all been misunderstood by someone in doing these things ourselves or misunderstood someone else who did … Continue reading Dispersing the Dark Cloud of Misunderstandings
This isn't a set the tone. This isn't a mocking pre-phrase before a debunking. This is a challenge. A request. Let's be who we truly are, what we truly are, let's be real. It's so easy these days to be fake. Filters, editing programs, online interaction, all of these things and more lend to ease … Continue reading Let’s be Real
I was reading a book the other day, Follow the Cloud (a very interesting book, in case you were wondering), and I came across a story that really struck me. The author of the book was sitting in his car with his young daughter. This little girl had her favorite doll with her in the car, a … Continue reading What’s in a Name?
Last night I was thinking about St. Therese of the Little Flower (my confirmation saint), and a thought suddenly occurred to me. I remember while reading various books about her a number of years ago that St. Joan of Arc was her favorite saint. Both of them lived in France and Therese seemed to feel … Continue reading Finding Greatness…in the Nothings?
That very day, the first day of the week, two of Jesus' disciples were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their … Continue reading Misunderstandings
Have you ever met someone who keeps telling you how you're this or that? Or kept hearing that you're this or that? Sometimes the words are good words: confident, smart, generous, kind, intelligent, pretty, understanding. Other times they aren't. So often though, I think that these words start to feel like a trap. Is that all … Continue reading Defined by Adjectives?
Hold up. I know the title has you girls super excited (maybe), but I'm probably not talking about Cinderella's in the same way you have in mind. Let me start with a reference too the original Cinderella. Cinderella was practically an orphan girl. The parents she loved and the only people who truly cared for … Continue reading We Need More Modern Day Cinderella’s