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Accepting Mistakes and Making Peace With Your Past

“Terrible” was her response to the question, “How was your afternoon?”  “Oh, no, what happened?” I asked my friend, expecting to learn of an argument with her teenager or a run in with a crazy neighbor. But it wasn't either of these things. It wasn't even an actual thing that had happened. (Not in […]

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For Your Weekend: The Things I Have Failed To Do

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 25:31–46 Have you ever wanted to crawl out of the confessional? I have, just a few weeks ago, when loving words of correction on the other side of the screen were interpreted as, “You idiot, don’t you know anything?” Caught off guard, I debated dropping to […]

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Jesus Is The Prize

[…] to find my head spinning as I try to figure out what He was saying.  One story has left me perplexed for years. It comes from Mat thew 8:  Now when Jesus saw great crowds around him, he gave orders to go over to the other side. A scribe came up and said to […]

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For Your Weekend: The Cry of Trust

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 26:14–27:66 One of my favorite things about being a woman is the way in which our universal experience of both heartache and joy can connect our hearts even when we don’t know each other well. I just had that kind of an experience with a woman […]

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This Too Shall Pass

[…] is not uncommon for well-meaning friends to assure me that, “This too shall pass.” But I have to wonder...will it? I think we say this out of the goodness of our hearts. No one enjoys seeing a loved one suffer. It is good to offer encouragement to a weary soul. However, it is important […]

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Giving God the First Minutes of Your Day

What does it mean to live the good life? How can I be happy? What choices will get me there? How we answer these questions has everything to do with the voices we choose to listen to. A life is formed through many small, seemingly insignificant decisions. Bit by bit, we become the result […]

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For Your Weekend: Time to Prepare

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Mat thew 25:1–13 I remember the first time I heard the phrase, “Lack of preparation on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine.” It seemed to me the wise sort of thing someone says who has very good boundaries. Within that same week, it’s likely I made a late-night run […]

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So tell me what you want, what you really really want

[…] head...what DO you want? What are you longing for? What precious desire of your heart has not been met yet? That’s a sacred space, I know (unlike the space song lyrics from 30 years ago take up in our heads), but I want you to think about it. For me, it’s many things: I […]

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Run Your Own Race and No One Else's in the Spiritual Journey to Heaven

Has God ever asked something of you that feels really hard, and you look around and feel a little singled out? Do you see o ther people who seem to have it easier, and you wonder why He's asking so much of you and seemingly letting them get away with less? God loves us […]

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A Place to Call Home: Franciscan University of Steubenville

I’ve had many spells of homesickness over the years. Typically, I’d try to soothe myself by looking at houses online in the town where I grew up. I imagined what it would be like to move back to Duluth, Minnesota. Could I relive all the comforting memories? Would my desire to belong finally be […]

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