My Spiritual Annual Report

But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. Luke 2:19 God’s View of 2020One of my favorite hobbies is planning. I love to pick out a cute planner (or four) at the beginning of the year, decorate the weekly pages with cute stickers and washi, and write in my plans with colorfulContinue reading “My Spiritual Annual Report”

Hidden with God in Isolation

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? Psalm 139:7 Entering IsolationThis Thanksgiving, Nathan and I traveled home to Pennsylvania to visit our families. We were so blessed to spend so much time with his family and mine after being away from home for months. Of course, because we’reContinue reading “Hidden with God in Isolation”

This Sunday’s Gospel: November 1, 2020

Matthew 5:1-12 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain,and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.Blessed are they who mourn,for they will be comforted.Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the land.Blessed areContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: November 1, 2020”

The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries

And he was transfigured before them; his face shone like the sun and his clothes became white as light. Matthew 17:2 I used to get distracted throughout the Rosary, and occasionally I still do. I announce the mystery, let my mind wander, and only remember which one I’m on when I pray the ninth orContinue reading “The Fruits of the Luminous Mysteries”

Simply Peaceful: The Holy Life of St. Francis of Assisi

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. The Peace Prayer of St. Francis Leaving Everything to Follow JesusIn the Gospels, Jesus calls us to leave everything behind and follow Him. During His earthly ministry, He called His disciples to leave behind their old life to find new life in Him. They left their families,Continue reading “Simply Peaceful: The Holy Life of St. Francis of Assisi”

This Sunday’s Gospel: October 4, 2020

Matthew 21:33-43 Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:“Hear another parable.There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.When vintage time drew near,he sent his servants toContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: October 4, 2020”

How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall always be in my mouth. Psalm 34:2 Happy birthday, Radiant with JoyI’m not known for making spontaneous decisions, but I made one a year ago today that I’ll never forget or regret. A year ago, I got my rejection email from FOCUS, and IContinue reading “How My 1st Year of Blogging Changed my Faith Journey”

This Sunday’s Gospel: September 27, 2020

Luke 9:43-45 Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people:“What is your opinion?A man had two sons.He came to the first and said,‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’He said in reply, ‘I will not, ‘but afterwards changed his mind and went.The man came to the other son and gaveContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: September 27, 2020”

This Sunday’s Gospel: September 13, 2020

Matthew 18:21-35 Peter approached Jesus and asked him,“Lord, if my brother sins against me,how often must I forgive?As many as seven times?” Jesus answered, “I say to you, not seven times but seventy-seven times. That is why the kingdom of heaven may be likened to a kingwho decided to settle accounts with his servants. When he began theContinue reading “This Sunday’s Gospel: September 13, 2020”

8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day

Prayer is being on terms of friendship with God, frequently conversing in secret with him who, we know, loves us. St. Teresa of Avila Talking to GodIf we want to have a friendship, or any relationship, with God, then we have to pray. As St. Teresa claims, prayer is the way in which we talkContinue reading “8 Ways to Pray Throughout Your Day”