Encouragement in These Uncertain Times

“I plead with you—never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire, and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” ― Saint Pope John Paul II, Pope John Paul II: In My Own Words   The rapid spread of the Coronavirus is a pertinent reminder to all of us just how quickly life can change in aContinue reading “Encouragement in These Uncertain Times”

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Giving Up Worry for Lent

That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change, but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent.”  – Chinese Proverb Anxiousness has journeyed with me for as long as I can remember, for various reasons, becoming crippling at certain points in my life as I enduredContinue reading “Giving Up Worry for Lent”

Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle

Silence, I learned, is some times the most beautiful sound.”  ― Charlotte Eriksson “Slowly, simply, silence, stillness” was my Lenten mantra, my focus, my goal for the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter morning. A lofty goal, yes. Yet, I was convinced this intentional journey would yield the peaceful rewards I was seeking in myContinue reading “Resting in the Stillness After Personal Struggle”

Why My Forehead is Clear of Ashes Today

“Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God.” ~ Pope Francis Today is Ash Wednesday. The Christian’s forty days of Lent has begun as it does each and every year. AsContinue reading “Why My Forehead is Clear of Ashes Today”