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Many times I have questioned if the process to discover God’s dream for my life is worth the struggle. I am slowly realizing these struggles are invitations to know Christ’s love for me.
ON THE WAY
I am reminded how God walks with us, stands by us in moments of grief, and delights with us in moments of joy. All we have to do is let ourselves be led.
SEASON OF HOPE
Christ on the Cross reminds us that the battle against sin has been won. God conquered death for love of my heart.
THE DIFFERENCE IN THE RESURRECTION
We all have a story to tell by the way we live. Will it be a story of tragedy or one of hope?
THE IN-BETWEEN PLACE
In this waiting between the Crucifixion and Resurrection, I faced my own darkness and chose to embrace my light.
COME OUT OF YOUR HIDING PLACE
What is it that coils around me, keeping me from freedom? Can I imagine myself giving that to Jesus as I venerate the cross?
Lent reminded me of the truth that my joy is not complete if I am unable to join Jesus in the darkness as well as the light.
Is there anything that I place above God? What do I need to further detach myself from that prevents me from loving and following God completely with all my heart, mind and soul?
KNOWING OURSELVES AS HIS CHILDREN
Jesus knows and loves us, despite our ability (or lack thereof) to act upon our best intentions.
POURED OUT IN LOVE AND GRATITUDE
As we move through Holy Week, we are invited to return to those moments of grace in our lives when Jesus has revealed himself to us in prayer, community, and service.
A CURRENT EVENT
The Passion of Jesus is happening today. The Passion is not a historical account of something that happened 2,000 years ago.
I pray that we may see the workings of an infinitely creative God who dreamed up the fantastic reality of creation.
INTIMACY THROUGH SORROW
Heavenly Father, help me learn to lean on you in my moments of sorrow and trust in your love.
WORD OF LIFE
The more I pray and spend time with him, I realize that Jesus is humorous and he loves me so much.
WHY ME? WHY NOT ME?
People undergoing hardship often ask, “Why me?” But just as valid is the question, “Why not me?”
My prayer for this Lent is that we may receive the grace of awareness of how utterly dependent we are on God and how much He delights in our prayers.
LET GOD CLEAN UP
God knows we are going to make a mess. He loves us anyway. He does ask us to repent, to clean up, but he never asks that we do it alone.
LIVING WITHOUT PREJUDICES IS DIFFICULT
One of the hardest spiritual tasks is to live without prejudices. Sometimes we aren’t even aware how deeply rooted our prejudices are.
A BROKEN HEART IS AN OPEN HEART
I marvel at the idea that it is when our heart is broken open that we have the difficult and beautiful opportunity to let God fill it and work through it.
I am being invited to face the struggles/conflicts and that all of these things make up who I am but don’t define me, just as God isn’t only defined as the God of “wrath and punishment.”
I WILL NEVER FORGET YOU
Since I am a child of God, each day is a new opportunity for me to be part of the creation and “re-creation” of this beautiful, hurting world.
BELIEVING IS SEEING
I see small wonders in sunsets, in kind words, in my health. I recognize the mystery in His mercy, His forgiveness, His peace.
THE LOST ARE FOUND
I am realizing more and more each day that home is so more than just an address.
TO SEE AS JESUS SEES
Together, with Jesus, I can look, cry, smile, and even laugh at my ways because he sees me and loves me in it all.
A HUMBLE GIFT
As Jesus commands us to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, my daunting, out-of-reach expectations are exchanged for the simple beckoning from the Divine.
HARDEN NOT YOUR HEARTS
Lent is an opportunity to break those chains that cause us to harden our hearts, let God into our hearts, and cultivate a deeper relationship with Him.
THE FULFILLMENT OF THE LAW
What injustices burn in my heart today? What can I do to help end injustice to bring about a more compassionate society?
Before I could love others and serve others, I had to forgive myself for failing to love my “flaws.”
JUST AS I AM TODAY
Mary’s “yes” is a model for us to return our focus to the hope that God offers and encourages us to be less consumed by our own concerns.
INCH CLOSER, FATHER
What pure love that we have a heavenly Father who enters into the mess of things and inches closer to his beloved children!
I realized that the greatest risk in life is possibly not taking any risks.
COMPANIONS OF JESUS
Though I came to realize prayers are not answered with a single, dramatic event but through a gradual, sidewinding process.
DEEPLY IN LOVE
How will falling deeply in love with Jesus who is deeply in love with us decide what we do?
“Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have." – Lk. 24:39
HUNTING THE GOD STUFF
It is an Ignatian practice to “find God in all things”. Could this be made easier by finding “good in all things?” Perhaps then, where there is good, there you will find God.
SEEING JESUS THROUGH THE EYES OF MARY MAGDALENE
Let us borrow the eyes of Mary Magdalene so we can love Jesus and be joyous that our dear friend and savior has risen.
As I walk in faith and trust, the path reveals itself beneath my feet.
FAITH IN THE RESURRECTION, OUR SUPERPOWER
Our superpower comes from trusting in God who redeems more than rescues. Our stories will end well because they're part of God’s bigger picture.
SHEDDING LIGHT ON THE PRESENT MOMENT
Where is God revealing Himself in the here and now?
LOOK UPON HIM
What if I imagined Jesus looking at me, addressing me by name, saying: “Jen, take them out. Take out my nails.”
TO SUFFER WITH AND LIKE YOU HAVE
“Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done." - Lk 22:42
I AM NOT DISGRACED
God gives me gifts and talents to be more than I can ever imagine. I am not defined by my sins. I am not disgraced. I am a child of God.
WE ALL HAND OTHERS OVER TO SUFFERING
When we are willing to confess that we often hand those we love over to suffering, even against our best intentions, we encounter God’s forgiving love.
DYING BEFORE RISING
Grace has no context without the honesty of the deep need of it.
WHERE AM I?
Through the years, I have come to greater understanding that in order to live fully, I must allow myself to be seen.
HIDE & SEEK
I’ve been so busy telling God where he is not welcome, that I missed his invitation to “come and just be.”
CALLED TO HOPE
Everything about the readings today speaks of the coming darkness of the end of Lent and Good Friday; however, there is hope.
PROMISES OF LOVE IN AN EVERLASTING COVENANT
God did not make a contract with us; God forged a covenant with us, and God wants our relationships with one another to reflect that covenant.
The peace that Jesus offers is one that transcends the limitations of this world and provides a freedom that glimpses what is to come.
CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER AS GOD IN US
The great mystery of the contemplative life is not that we see God in the world, but that God within us recognizes God in the world.
AWAKENED LIVES: ABRAHAM AND ST. JOSEPH
What are our lives' defining moments? What moved our hearts from stagnation to significance? What is currently moving our hearts?
We may be invited to wait where things seem difficult or painful, yet turn to Christ. The God of surprises will bring greater life in ways we least expect.
STANDING WITH THE MARGINALIZED
I have come to experience that Jesus is always inviting us to gather people, not necessarily ‘convert’ them.
ACCEPTING OUR BROKENNESS - AND LIVING IT
Jesus invited us to embrace our brokenness as he embraced the cross and live it as part of our mission
THE ILLUMINATING PROMISES of GOD’s LOVE
How is God walking with you in the promises he has made to you? In what ways is he cultivating your heart into a garden?
STANDING ROOM ONLY
When my prayer begins to feel like a narrow corner with no escape, perhaps I am the one who boxed God in and not the other way around.
ALLOWING OURSELVES TO BE HEALED
During this Lenten season, let us listen to Jesus’ question, “Do you want to be well?”
SADNESS & JOY
I experienced a joyful funeral that helped me welcome anew other deaths in my life.
JESUS, BE WITH ME
When I position myself to listen and look at Him in the most vulnerable part of my day, I am intentionally and gently acknowledging my friendship and need for Him.
Do I overlook my own sinfulness and control God's favor over me by doing things for Christ instead of with Christ?