The secret of discernment

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FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I‘ve been thinking about the topic of discernment again lately (longtime readers know that this is a big area of fascination for me). How do I know what God wants me to do in this or that situation? If I have a bunch of good options in front of me, which one do I… [Continue Reading]

Status in the sight of God

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail I went to confession tonight; well, I tried, anyway. It was one of those big pre-Easter sessions where there were hundreds of people and about a dozen priests. By the time I got in one of the lines there were at least 30 people in front of me, and after waiting a while I… [Continue Reading]

It’s easy to love people far away

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Earlier this week, I had a falling out with a relative. We haven’t spoken since. I’ve been praying about this (though my prayers are admittedly along the lines of “DID YOU SEE THAT?! I am NOT going to apologize. I did not do ANYTHING wrong…”), and I keep getting this nagging feeling that I’m… [Continue Reading]

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A clue.

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail My post from Friday about St. Frances of Rome was supposed to be up on Thursday. After a fun but completely mentally and physically exhausting day, Thursday afternoon I put the kids down for their naps and flopped into my desk chair for my daily quiet time. It was like a taste of heaven… [Continue Reading]

Anxiety is easier

FacebookTwitterLinkedInPinterestPrintE-mail Last week St. Francis de Sales and some bad programming at Google Maps led me to one of the biggest realizations I’ve had this year: that anxiety = not trusting God. For a long time I knew that stress about certain individual matters was due to a prideful insistence that I had the best… [Continue Reading]