It was cloudy when I left home. By the time I reached Punta Gorda, I could see dark clouds ahead of me, with rain dropping from one particularly dark cloud. I drove straight through the downpour. Thankfully, in less than five minutes, I had driven through the storm. I am staying once again at the … More Sanibel Island Retreat 2017
Earlier this month, I posted “Culture and Christian Spirituality (1)” based on the book Living Mission Interculturally: Faith, Culture, and the Renewal of Praxis (2015) by Professor of Theology and Culture Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp. In Chapter 5, Gittins focuses on four major cultural variables that shape our faith and spirituality: 1) social location and … More Culture and Christian Spirituality
Cloudless sky, birdsong Sun coming up over trees A bit of heaven. Good coffee, good books Me here, still in pajamas A bit of heaven.
I celebrated a milestone birthday this week with a lavish party surrounded by family, colleagues, neighbors, and lifelong friends. And topped if off with a day at Disney’s Magic Kingdom with two 3-year-olds! It was the “best-ever” birthday! In the months leading up to the celebrations, I picked up once again a book called Living … More Culture and Christian Spirituality (1)
A week ago, I celebrated a significant milestone in my physical and spiritual development. February 6th marked the 20-year anniversary of the surgery to end my first breast cancer episode. (I will celebrate again on April 30th to mark the 10-year anniversary of the surgery to end my second breast cancer episode.) The physical milestones … More Praying with Confidence
My joy is returning! In one morning, I browsed the shelves of the public library, wandered around a favorite bookstore until I found four books I just had to have, bought local fresh produce at the downtown farmers’ market, “traveled the world” in our local fair-trade craft store, and enjoyed a tall-decaf-skinny-chestnut-praline latte. So many … More My Joy Is Returning
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. (Luke 6:36) Pope Francis called for “an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy”, which began on December 8, 2015. He desired that this Jubilee Year would be steeped in mercy, and be an extraordinary time of grace, so that we could go out to every man, … More Year of Mercy Coming to a Close
I was first introduced to Joan Chittister’s The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully (BlueBridge, 2008) about seven years ago when I first moved to Florida. I remember enjoying the reflections on aging, yet I realize now that I had read them as descriptions of my mother and other women whom I considered to be … More Dreams