Then a woman said, speak to us of Joy and Sorrow. And He answered: your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the self same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven? — Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

Your diagram for creative living through suffering

An agreement with the concept that God allows suffering or somehow meters it out through the fine science and art of not “giving us more than we can bear” is a cruel, malevolent description of God’s role.

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What dreams will you manifest in 2019?

Endings and beginnings offer opportunities. As you close the books on 2018 and begin your journey into 2019, what vision are you walking towards? Below is a story of the history of dream catchers, as shared from the Akta Lakota Museum Cultural Center. What dreams do you need to listen and pursue more diligently and […]

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God’s foolishness in waiting for you

I attended Christmas Eve Mass with my neighbor, Wendy. As we chatted on the car ride, my phone rang. Despite the Scam label, I answered and heard a smooth voice from the St. Mary’s Prayer Center asking me if I was in urgent need of prayer. Although I was, I clicked the phone off knowing […]

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Received damaged and healed by love

Those look like God’s initials on the sticker. Or at least a nudge from the United States Postal Service to remind me of how God receives me when I approach Him. It’s hard to tell whose initials, though, because of the size of the script. Yet, it’s a reminder of how God communicates to us […]

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What do you do to care for yourself?

I won’t ask you about your “triggers” or how you’re coping or what coping skills you’re using. I won’t ask you because I’ve heard feedback from people who have participated in treatment programs  how unhelpful those phrases are. The first time I heard this feedback it stirred up curiosity as it is fundamental to training […]

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Your Search For Meaning

If you are too young to have experienced George W. Bush as your president, I hope the week’s reflections of his life will give you inspiration to find a way to be of service as a new wave of a “Thousand Points of Life.” If you are old enough to have lived under his presidency, […]

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Find the courage to give up what was lost

I misplaced — or lost — my keys, despite my ever-so-good intention to slow down and be careful. Misplacing keys is common for me. Metaphorically, perhaps I’m afraid of unlocking closed doors to find only skeletons are on the other side. Practically, misplacing my keys causes loss of time and increased distress and anxiety. My distress is even greater […]

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What will you learn by doing?

“You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; and just so you learn to love God and man by loving. Begin as a mere apprentice and the very power of love will lead you on to become a  master of the art.” Francis de Sales […]

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