51 Billion Dollars on one Olympic Celebration. It happens every Olympics, the stories and people forgotten among the grandiose celebration. You don’t have to be a top educated person to look around at the poverty around us to know that has to be one of the most ridiculous insults to every child going to bed with the pains of hunger so deep within their stomach tonight. Homeless Shelters are overcrowded turning people away in the bitter frigid darkness of winter sending fearful families to the streets to find shelter.
The internet is a flurry with discussion and every opinion under the moon on the papal documents, ‘Amoris Laetitia’ or ‘The Joy of Love,’ that was released last week. A simple search can find every angle you could possibly imagine on the document.
You can throw your own thoughts into the never ending discussion threads until everyone tires of their own voice only to realize in the end there is only one bottom line from this beloved Pope; love wins.
"When we recognize the virtues, the talent, the beauty of Mother Earth, something is born in us, some kind of connection, love is born." ~Thich Nhat Hanh
Where do you pray? There was a time when the answer was obvious, Church. But, as centuries go by, life has evolved as do our daily practices.
How good are we to our children if we are only ‘living for them?’
I hear this often, ‘my kids are my everything’ or ‘life just doesn’t exist without my kids.’ I believe we are doing them an injustice with this mentality. I came before my children and I came to them with quite a journey! A journey that deserves to be honored not just for me, but for my children as well.
All Souls Day, Día de Muertos, Day of the Dead…celebrating those loved one’s who have passed from this life; some too soon and others well lived to the fullest. Reminding us through dance, song, prayer and community that death is not to be feared rather respected. There is a circle of life to be acknowledged, to be free to appreciate each moment we are gifted breath.
Today, I believe Gratitude is more important than it ever has been in our lifetime.
Today, I believe Gratitude is what’s going to keep us moving forward each day passionately aware of our country’s needs and progression. Gratitude will hold us accountable for being present to all those who need our love; to be reminded of day to day actions we can do to heal our country.
ec·u·me·nism: “the principle or aim of promoting unity among the world's Christian churches.”
Anam Nostos House is the definition of Ecumenism. It was born out of a long spiritual journey that has gone in many different directions over four decades and rested in a place of unity and peace.
Today I celebrate women…I believe life is to be celebrated daily, blessings are to be counted hourly and not one second of any day should be taken for granted.
I am blessed to have countless amazing women cross my path young and old, living and passed on, personal and strangers within my journey up until this point, for all of them I am thankful daily.
I am thankful for the women who taught me strength by how they mirror their journey for me.
This Triduum I lived Good Friday in its depth. Fifteen years ago I lived a very different life. I was discerning to become a monastic nun, I was coming to the tail end in recovery of an illness that nearly killed me for fourteen years and I was contently single. I honestly could say my faith was the single most important part of my life. I rose before the sun to walk meditatively praying my rosary to church deep in the city of San Francisco.
What do you see as the extraordinary moments of your one amazing life?
Interestingly enough the most extraordinary moments of my life are not the most recognizable to others. Some days I can look back within the past twenty four-hours and find what was extraordinary to me, would undoubtedly mean nothing to another person. Yet, it changed the complete outlook of the days to follow.
Today, simply be aware of every passing hour. Don't miss it. Don't rush. Don't tell yourself, 'Well, that can't be it.' It's your moment, go find it!
Life can be one serious challenge after the next leaving you to ask, 'When is it my turn for goodness?'
Well, I have had my share moments of questioning along the way that at times left me in a darkness I thought I could never recover in order to see the light, the gifts.
I will be the first to share with you...when you take time to pause, breathe, reflect and pray in the darkness you will quickly be able to see the GIFT.
Today, take a moment to think back on those struggles and find the LIGHT, the GIFT in those moments.
When some hear the word ‘journal’ the eyes role, the dread mounts their minds, and the questions of ‘why’ flow like a river.
Journaling is not an easy task for most and for those who do it easily will tell you they still have to make a time plan in order to make it happen.
My dear friend Mike is on a level all his own. Most days we all believe he has one on one's with the big guy for whatever he shares, teaches, or touches is of Grace. He has been living his life in countless ways to list for over 40 years...for others. His heart is so big, none compare.
Today he shared one of his inspiring morning posts and I chose to take these three little words out. They are powerful. They are real. They are Mike. And...they are a challenge.
How can you 'Be the sermon' today?
I lived in the Arizona desert on a few occasions, I find it indescribably spiritual. Each person's experience is different from the next, for its beauty has endless definition.
I was staying in monastery discerning a call to religious life over a decade ago when a powerful monsoon came pounding through.
Each person's road through life is guaranteed not to be a boring road. The possibilities are endless from the day we arrive into this world; the predictable shifts, the drastic turns, the complicated mazes, we are always monitoring the calculations and adventures of our own personal daily script.
Love is so many things to so many people, but in the end it is as simple as you make it. In our home we try to 'take back' holidays from the commercialism that has become our society's fall back. February is our 'Month of Love.' As we begin our day we choose a quote on love for every day of the month, as well each day we all write a love affirmation for ourselves. At the end of the day we put them on our 'love tree' as seen above in the photo.
Can you turn to the person next to you who may be struggling along their own journey and offer peace freely, livingly and willingly without question to be witness to one another?
Can you BE Mercy?
Advent itself is about waiting...waiting for the great miracle of a birth that will bring Light, Love and Joy to all who come to witness. It's a time of giving without expectation of receiving something for a good act. It's about being an active part of that Light, Love and Joy to come!
How will you challenge yourself this time of year to BE a part of the GIVING?
Welcome in Church. Welcome in family. Welcome in social scenes. Welcome in one's heart.
While I don't think others purposefully dismiss those around them, it is easy to forgot to extend the simple kindness of a gesture, a word, an invitation to be present with another.
Just for today; stop in your day and take notice. As dire as a homeless person feeling a welcome smile, to someone within your work day whom you normally see sitting alone needing company. Just stop and be present today. Welcome someone in...
Walk along a solitary nature trail listening to the rustling of the leaves, the birds singing in the trees and know God is speaking to you.
Take a moment to listen in nature today.
Pray in nature today.
Breathe in and give thanks for the beauty that was first given to us by Him.
How have you mentored someone in your life?
How can you participate in your community to become a part of the village?
Mary exuded a faith and confidence that often looks out of reach in our own lives. But if you look closely you will see she too didn't do it alone.
Take some time in prayer to talk to Her about her role as Mother and your role in your life as parent or mentor...
The plan is not about you, rather a reality that is meant to be.
Look in front of you and seek out those who may be alone in their pain today.
BE HUMILITY, BE FAITH IN ACTION
Find Your Voice Project
Celebrating Women in my Tribe
Fall, Letting Go & Attraversiamo
Fall Madly in Love with Yourself
Is it True?
Listening to the Wisdom of Our Bodies
Love your Body (Watch)
Power of Voice
Putting Yourself Back into the Equation
There is a Light in the Darkness (Watch)
A Single Mom's Good Friday
Ecumenism, Unity in Faith
In the Palm of His Hand
Lift Up, Not Down
Living an Authentic Life
Mother Earth's Prayer
Pope Francis’ Joy of Love Wins
Seeing One's Soul
The Beauty of Tears
Repentance, Unworthiness and the Quest for Good
What is your Lamentation?