To be known is not simply understanding preferences, social inclinations, goals and desires...to be truly known requires an exposition of the heart... It requires a turning inward into the deepest recesses of our heart...an opening of oneself vulnerably, first and foremost, to a God who fashioned us entirely out of love. As much as we … Continue reading Known
In the fulfillment of your duties, let your intentions be so pure that you reject from your actions any other motive than the glory of God and the salvation of souls.St. Pope John Paul II One of the gifts I cherish the most is God's mercy in continuing to call us to himself despite our … Continue reading Mission Before Vocation part 2
"Perfect friendship is the friendship of men who are good, and alike in excellence; for these wish well alike to each other." - Aristotle Aristotle seems to think that friendship is just short of being as important as a life of contemplation. Contemplation ultimately leads to Happiness and according to Aristotle, friendship is necessary in … Continue reading Friendly Talk
"Take delight in the LORD, and he will grant you your heart’s desire."- Psalm 37 What is your personality type? Mine is a little bit of melancholic, with a lot a bit of sanguine. But there is an influential share of phlegmatic tendencies in most everything that I do. So in other words I love … Continue reading Virtuous Personality
For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save the lost ". (Luke 19:10) The current pandemic is a reality we are sadly having to embrace. And it has dragged on longer than any of us had expected. The struggle that comes with it is not the virus itself but the ripples … Continue reading Heaven
"The greatest obstacles to holiness are discouragement and anxiety." - Jesus to Saint Faustina What is it that we look at or think of when we are triggered into discouragement or anxiety? What is that one turning point for you and I that often sends us into a whirlwind of webbed preoccupations with life? Unlike … Continue reading What is it?
"Freedom exists for the sake of love" -St. John Paul II If you go to an ice cream shop you will soon find yourself struggling to decide between the 40 different flavors in front of you, the server will eventually ask "what will it be?" He is not asking "what do you think?" He is … Continue reading The Gift
If something is presented to the senses, which is not solely for the honor and glory of God, give it up, and deprive yourself of it, for the love of Jesus Christ, who, while on earth, had and desired nothing but to do the will of his Father." -St. John of the Cross We have … Continue reading Loosen Your Grip!
"Joy isn't found in the material objects surrounding us, but in the inner recesses of the soul. One can possess joy in a prison cell as well as in a palace." - St. Therese of Lisieux It is a gift that most everyone cherishes. When it is genuine it carries with it a happiness that … Continue reading Joy
Photo by Brittany Kahl "The spirit of Carmel is a spirit of childhood, of original life, of newness, of immediate proximity. . . it drinks of the torrent. . . it passes into human beings, renewing and in truth creating them." Paul-Marie of the Cross, OCD Creativity always achieves a higher level of originality when … Continue reading Creative Encounters with God