"The greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and anxiety." - Jesus to Saint Faustina What is it that we look at or think of when we are triggered into discouragement or anxiety? What is that one turning point for you and I that often sends us into a whirlwind of webbed preoccupations with life? Unlike … Continue reading What is it?
"Freedom exists for the sake of love" -St. John Paul II If you go to an ice cream shop you will soon find yourself struggling to decide between the 40 different flavors in front of you, the server will eventually ask "what will it be?" He is not asking "what do you think?" He is … Continue reading The Gift
If something is presented to the senses, which is not solely for the honor and glory of God, give it up, and deprive yourself of it, for the love of Jesus Christ, who, while on earth, had and desired nothing but to do the will of his Father." -St. John of the Cross We have … Continue reading Loosen Your Grip!
"Joy isn't found in the material objects surrounding us, but in the inner recesses of the soul. One can possess joy in a prison cell as well as in a palace." - St. Therese of Lisieux It is a gift that most everyone cherishes. When it is genuine it carries with it a happiness that … Continue reading Joy
Photo by Brittany Kahl "The spirit of Carmel is a spirit of childhood, of original life, of newness, of immediate proximity. . . it drinks of the torrent. . . it passes into human beings, renewing and in truth creating them." Paul-Marie of the Cross, OCD Creativity always achieves a higher level of originality when … Continue reading Creative Encounters with God
The ever ancient ever new call to respond to God’s will is an invitation that keeps on giving. Thus, the Lord continues to direct us and guide us toward a more perfect response. A response that can eventually be made with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our mind. There is … Continue reading RESPOND
"Holiness begins from Christ; and Christ is its cause. For no act conducive to salvation can be performed unless it proceeds from Him as from its supernatural source." Jesus says: "Without me, you can do nothing." -Pope Pius XII I was watching a short film the other day called The Butterfly Circus, it was a … Continue reading Preserve Me From Grace
There are many ways to say the same thing in the English language. It is a never ending vocabulary of similarities. The word good, for instance, can be expressed in various ways depending on its context, great, awesome, wonderful, excellent, etc. and indifference is no exception. The phrase holy indifference does not simply mean I … Continue reading Holy Indifference is the Amen to Purity of Heart.
Manifestation of the Heart The inevitable call to love resounds in the heart of every human person who is capable of loving. This excludes no one. It is the desire to come out of oneself in order to give of oneself. It is the desire to be filled to the brim with perfect joy. This … Continue reading Manifestation of the Heart
"we can only learn to know ourselves and do what we can- namely, surrender our will and fulfill God's will in us." - St. Teresa of Avila Peace and clarity in life are not always united. But peace can often confirm a sense of clarity. Is this from God or is it from me? Life … Continue reading Peace and Clarity Are Not Always Two Peas In a Pod