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Fight For Joy

[…] sounded to her like I was treading water while trying to keep a bunch of balls in the air, which sounds pretty much impossible. That description wasn't news to me. It didn't feel particularly insightful, just observant. But then she went on to say something that really stopped me in my tracks. “I think […]

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When Your Race Has No Finish Line and You Want to Give Up

We sat in the last pew at the back of the Church. Knees to the ground, beads in our hands. This was her idea. “I know this sounds crazy, but would you meet me before Mass tomorrow and pray the Rosary?  Will you let me pray for you?” And when we completed our meditation, […]

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For Your Weekend: When Jesus Doesn’t Heal

[…] every sickness on earth. Oh, no. It was far greater than that. God sent His son Jesus to redeem humanity from sin, to unite God with man, breaking the bonds of slavery so that we can live in freedom as the sons and daughters of God (Galatians 4:1–7).  But let’s be honest. When the […]

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How to Deal with Family Tension at Christmas

Are you worried about how everyone is going to get along this Christmas? Is there a pit in your stomach because you are dreading the interpersonal dynamics that are about to engulf your family? Does it seem like your family members revert back to childhood roles and behaviors when they get together? Is the […]

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Decisions, Decisions

“Are you there, God? It’s me, Kristy. I need some help with this decision and would really appreciate it if you could just tell me what to do. I want to do the right thing, and I don’t know what that is. So, can you please show me?”  *Looks expectantly toward the sky for […]

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For Your Weekend: Improving Our Posture

Dig Deeper into Sunday’s Gospel: Read Luke 18:9–14 Warning: embarrassing confession ahead. I want priests to like me. I want them to recognize my excellent work, think I am holy, notice my attendance at Mass, and hear how saintly I am in the confessional. Why? A small faith and enormous pride hold my face […]

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Unexpected Gifts

Hello Sisters in Christ! The below is one of my early blog posts, published in 2012. I enjoyed re-reading it and I pray it resonates with you this Advent. – Lisa ALL GOOD GIVING AND EVERY PERFECT GIFT IS FROM ABOVE, COMING DOWN FROM THE FATHER. – JAMES 1:17 As Christmas approaches, I’m freshly […]

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For Your Weekend: The Widow Who Never Stops Asking

[…] Read Luke 18:1–8 There was once a time in my life when my prayers to God were bold. I asked Him for everything from revival in the world and miracles in tragedy to things like my sanctification, a husband, acne medicine that I couldn’t afford, and a dirt cheap Patagonia fleece for my birthday. […]

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Made For Mission

[…] because God doesn’t create boring. And everything He creates has purpose and matters. Think about it like this: We are each like a puzzle piece in the world’s greatest puzzle ever. Have you ever worked hard on a puzzle only to discover that you are missing the last piece? It is maddening, isn’t it? […]

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For Your Weekend

[…] 17:11–19 Imagine you are shopping for a swimsuit. It’s January. Your skin hasn’t seen much sun. You’ve enjoyed all sorts of warm breads and festive treats throughout the Christmas season. It’s been delightful. You get into the dressing room with the most unforgiving lights and try the first suit on. The reflection staring back […]

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