When God gave my daughter a cathedral full of light

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My mom and I took my daughters to San Antonio this past weekend. My recent New York trip happened to fall during one of my daughters’ birthdays, so to make it up to her I arranged for a special out-of-town trip to the San Antonio zoo with her three sisters. Since we hadn’t been able… [Continue Reading]

The secret to an intentional Christmas

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I was surprised by the wide variety of reactions that bubbled within me when I read Kendra Tierney’s post about how she’s not giving her kids toys for Christmas. In about three seconds, I went from “THAT’S NUTS!” to “It sort of makes sense but I would never do that” to “Maybe I should do… [Continue Reading]

What I’m learning about choice and gratitude from not skipping songs on my iPod

Blossoms on trees: the kind of thing I've begun to notice now that I'm not fixating on song choices when I'm running.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of my Lenten sacrifices is not skipping songs on my iPod. I can choose the playlist, but if a song does not fit my mood, I can’t skip it. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, part of my inspiration was this 2009 post from Betty Duffy. The excerpt that has stuck… [Continue Reading]

The secret to not being overwhelmed

Shaun the Sheep overdose.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the turning points in my life was an email I received from Fr. Joseph Langford, MC back in 2009. He was close friends with Mother Teresa, and she worked with him to found her order of priests. I had the privilege of getting to know Fr. Langford because I was working with… [Continue Reading]

The courage to rest

Praying the ancient Vespers prayers at sunset. That's the life.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few years ago, I found myself in a state of being perpetually overwhelmed. I mean, I still feel that way a lot of the time now, but back then it was worse. There was more of a sense of hopelessness, a feeling that I was sinking and couldn’t figure out how to pull… [Continue Reading]

When in doubt…GO

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I got a word of the year! The same day I said I wasn’t inspired to do one, God gave me one. It was one of those rare moments of getting a very direct and clear inspiration that definitely did not come from me. I was thinking of something else entirely, then, out of… [Continue Reading]

Your patron saint for 2014!

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It’s that time of year again! I used my week of being under the weather to touch up the Saint’s Name Generator, so it’s all set for another round of saint choosing. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, the Saint’s Name Generator is a simple program I created to choose a… [Continue Reading]

Why a show about meth dealers made me feel closer to God

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I mentioned the TV show Breaking Bad in yesterday’s post, and it made me a little nervous when a few upstanding Christian ladies said that they’d never heard of it but might check it out on my recommendation. It immediately triggered one of my Dominican Sisters nightmares: I pictured one of the sweet nuns checking… [Continue Reading]

21 tips for survival mode

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few years ago I made a passing comment about being in “bare minimum mode” because we had four kids under age five. I was surprised when I opened up email the next morning to have a flood of questions asking me for more details about this concept. Ever since then, any time I bring… [Continue Reading]

Six questions for conquering crazy-think and making good decisions

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I don’t do suffering well. Some generous people said that they thought I handled the pulmonary embolism thing gracefully, but a) they would have retracted all of that and slowly backed away in fear if they could have heard my inner dialogue, and b) sitting in a quiet hospital room and listening to my iPod… [Continue Reading]