A mindfulness-based meditation, exploring and appreciating the beauty of God’s creation.
What do you see?
I see the hills bumping up against the sky. They’re crowned with trees. A vibrant red dominates the leaves, but it’s softened by warm yellows and oranges. A hint of green still remains here and there, a remnant of the fading summer.
I see the paths cut through the foliage. Cleared away to make room for roads and power lines and buildings. Evidence of civilization. But I wonder what it was like in its original state. A wild sort of order. The chaotic beauty that God created it to be. Continue reading “A Mountain Meditation: practicing Catholic mindfulness”
Today’s the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Find the Mass Readings here: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 10, 2017 Continue reading “#mymasstakeaway 23rd Sunday in ordinary time”
A reflection on Sunday’s Gospel
At that time Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. And behold, a Canaanite woman of that district came and called out, “Have pity on me, Lord, Son of David! My daughter is tormented by a demon.” But he did not say a word in answer to her. His disciples came and asked him, “Send her away, for she keeps calling out after us.” He said in reply, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.” But the woman came and did him homage, saying, “Lord, help me.” He said in reply, “It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs.” She said, “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.” Then Jesus said to her in reply, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed from that hour. – Matthew 15:21-28
What are You trying to teach me, Jesus? Continue reading “Christlike: don’t give them leftovers”
Jesus said, “What good is it to love your friend? Even gangs members do that.” Okay, He really said tax collectors… but I figured gang members would be a modern day equivalent of the cliché bad guy.
Jesus routinely calls us to do more than love our friends. In Matthew 25 He tells us, “Whatever you do to the least of these, you do unto me.” We have to go beyond our comfort zone. We have to have charity that’s wider than our social circles. It doesn’t do us any good to only love the people we know.
We also have to love the stranger. Continue reading “5 ways to see Christ in a stranger”
A prayer modeled after the Dayenu: an ancient Passover prayer celebrating God’s blessings.
God my Father, in Your infinite Goodness You created me out of nothing. You didn’t have to do that. But You did it anyways, because You love me. If You had created me and done nothing more, that would have been enough.
But in Your generosity, You did more. You created this beautiful world and all things in it for my delight. You filled it with incredible sights and sounds. You gave me the changing seasons so I would never get bored. If you had done that and nothing more, it would have been enough.
But You didn’t stop there. Continue reading “It would’ve been enough”
Mary is the perfect spouse of God the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, Spouse of God the Holy Spirit, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Mary teaches me how to love You, God the Holy Spirit, as the perfect spouse, the perfect wife.
The love between a husband and wife is total giving paired with total receiving. It’s a life-giving gift embodied by the marital embrace.
This type of love parallels the Annunciation. You my God, sent Your angel messenger with a proposal for Mary. Will she be Your bride? The mother of Your Son? Unfettered by commitment to any man, Mary humbly accepts.
You, God the Holy Spirit, came upon her. She conceived Jesus in her womb.
Mary’s love for You was truly a spousal love. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect spouse of God the Holy Spirit”
Mary is the perfect mother of God the Son.
Hail Mary mother of God the Son, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Mary teaches me to have perfect love for You, Jesus, the Messiah, the Redeemer.
She first gave herself to love you totally with a vow of virginity. She didn’t let any other person come first in her life, so when the Messiah came she was ready to serve You alone. When the angel Gabriel appeared to announce Your Incarnation, Mary’s faith in Your ability to save mankind from our sins made her willing to believe the impossible. She, a virgin, would bear a Son.
She accepted this without hesitation. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect mother of God the Son”
Mary is the perfect daughter of God the Father. Part one of a series of three reflections on Mary’s love for the Holy Trinity.
I was in high school when I first heard a beautiful rendition of the Hail Mary that made my jaw drop in realization of how perfect Mary’s love for God is.
The Rosary started as usual. Sign of the Cross. The Creed. Our Father. But when we got to the three Hail Mary’s, the leader added something special:
- Hail Mary, daughter of God the Father…
- Hail Mary, mother of God the Son…
- Hail Mary, spouse of God the Holy Spirit…
I was caught off guard. My eyes were opened to the depth of the relationship between Mary and God.
This week, I want to share with you three meditations inspired by these three special prayers.
Today’s meditation reflects on Mary’s love as a daughter of God. Continue reading “Mary: the perfect daughter of God the Father”
A reflection on the gift of friendship.
I left the kids home with my husband for the entire. Saturday. morning. while I went out to Mass, breakfast, and Adoration with another mom friend.
We were able to actually pray during Mass (imagine that). We talked and laughed for over an hour as we ate our entire breakfast without sharing (another miracle). Then we spent a half hour in the adoration chapel in silence (I saw your jaw drop at that one)!
Understatement of the year: We had a great time. Continue reading “The Gift of Friendship”
Today, my God, I don’t ask you for anything. I just want to be with You and adore You in Your majesty.
God, You are beautiful in creation.
Your design is amazing. From the intricate details of the tiniest bug to the great design of the entire universe, Your plan is incredible.
How did you think of so many beautiful things to fill such a blank canvas? You are infinitely creative. Continue reading “A Prayer of Praise to the Holy Trinity”