The ignorable God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail One of the things that bothered me most when I was first exploring religion was the fact that God is invisible. As I was reading up on Christianity, struggling with concepts I didn’t understand, I would occasionally think in exasperation, “You know, God could make this really easy and just appear to each one… [Continue Reading]

The greatest nothing I ever felt

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail When I first stepped into the chapel at my Christ Renews His Parish retreat this weekend, I felt a sense of nervous anticipation. My eyes gradually adjusted to the candle-lit room as we all filed into the pews for a moment of Adoration, and I gazed up at the monstrance on the altar. The… [Continue Reading]

9 Tips for Spiritual Dry Spells

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail It seems like a lot of people I know are going through spiritual dry spells lately, feeling apathetic about their relationship with God and/or feeling like God’s voice is silent during a difficult time. In case it’s helpful to anyone, I thought I’d post a list of some practical tips I’ve heard on the… [Continue Reading]

More thoughts on spiritual dry spells

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail After my last post highlighting a great email I got about dark nights of the soul and spiritual dry spells, I received this comment which I also thought was worth sharing since it offers another important perspective to consider. I had to smile when I read it, because these are definitely areas that I… [Continue Reading]

Why does God allow us to have spiritual dry spells?

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail A few days ago I got an email from a kind reader named Matthew that I found so insightful and helpful that I asked for permission to re-post it here. This is one of the most clear, concise introductions to the topic of spiritual dry spells I’ve ever read. He writes: I saw you… [Continue Reading]

On being loved: A thought on spiritual dry spells

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail GUEST POST BY STEVE G. A while back fellow convert, regular commenter and occasional guest blogger Steve G. emailed me with some thoughts on a long period of darkness that he experienced. His reflection was so interesting and thought-provoking that I just couldn’t keep it to myself, so I asked if I could share… [Continue Reading]

Time to wake up!

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Tuesday night we went to a dinner put on by the diocese to celebrate the beginning of Advent. It was such a nice evening: a wine and cheese reception (with, in my oenophile husband’s estimation, a very well-chosen selection of wines), a delicious dinner, then a talk about Advent by our bishop, all on… [Continue Reading]

The Saint Diet

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail This post is part of a series about re-thinking my relationship to food, which I call “The Saint Diet” to remind myself that the ultimate goal is deeper union with God. You can read all the posts on the subject here (scroll down to see them all). A couple weeks ago I was talking… [Continue Reading]

Five second prayer

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Getting into a prayer habit after a life of atheism is no easy thing. Up until my late twenties, I’d never said a single prayer in my life. I tried to follow advice like, “Start by committing to only five minutes of prayer per day!” but I actually managed to fail at that. Maybe… [Continue Reading]

AREWP Week 34: Prayer and spiritual dry spells

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail [AREWP stands for A Reckless Experiment With Prayer.] Back in the first few months of 2008, a theme that I wrote about frequently was my “Reckless Experiment With Prayer,” which I originally talked about in this post. The idea was that I’d structure my daily activities around prayer times instead of vice versa. I… [Continue Reading]