Order. Disorder. Reorder is the pattern for all human growth. It’s the growing pain of how we mature. It’s the life-giving cycle of spiritual development.
As I slowly open my eyes to the dawn of a new day and its possibilities, I sense God’s nudge and eventually move from my bed to morning quiet time.
Don’t resist your shadow side. Be as open to it as the light within. Let them transform you as you allow the light to shine more and more in the darkness.
Making decisions in life can be complicated, sometimes overwhelming. Wouldn’t it be nice if there were a simple test to help you make the right decision
I’m learning to use the 3 Cs as a self-check. They are a practical path out of my obsessive, ego-based need to fix others.
My mother had a favorite picture of the Sacred Heart of Jesus that hung in our foyer. You couldn’t miss it when you entered the house.
Is the Creator of the universe insecure? Is he incomplete if I don’t honor him? Does he sulk when I forget to praise him? Is God an egomaniac?
The common thread, the story that’s hidden in Mary and Joseph’s lives is the gift of solitude, contemplation. We don’t see it emphasized in scripture, but I have to believe both Mary and Joseph took time each day to remove themselves from the noise of the secular world to ponder and ask God in the silence of their hearts for wisdom to know—and then the courage to do—what God asked of them.
Like those silk webs that come out of nowhere and wrap themselves across our skin, our negative thoughts wrap themselves around our psyche. Soon, a day that started out good gets tangled up in negativity. We begin to grumble, chastising ourselves and others. And like those pesky spider webs, we wonder, “How can we swipe away negative thoughts?”
Perhaps part of the solution to our current disorder might be to pray the news. It might sound simplistic, but prayer contains an energy like droplets of water that evaporate into the clouds and then shower back down upon us with the life-giving energy of love and compassion.