Own Your Belovedness

Megan beautifully presents the important challenge of owning our own belovedness and opening our hearts that we might see the belovedness of others, even those who cause us difficulty or annoyance.

Everything I Need, I Have

De shares the reminder she received from the Lord: relief from emotional suffering is found interiorly, in His ever-abiding Presence.

Open the Door to Healing

I experience a deep peace when I shift my perspective and see my physical and emotional pain as the doorway to healing.

The Healing Gaze of Christ

Laura expresses how the gaze of Christ penetrates right to our souls...accepting, cherishing, healing.

Dazzling Femininity

“There came a time when I truly recognized the genius of woman and, as it were, was dazzled by it’s light.” – St. John Paul the Great Just recently, I came across this quote from Saint John Paul the Great in a footnote to his teaching titled “Meditation on Givenness”. My immediate response was, “Whoa! I just love this man!” And then I thought, “How have I never seen this amazing quote before?” After meditating on his beautiful words for a few days, I have to say that my initial responses still hold true and my further reflections are not much more profound.  I can best describe my understanding of what St. John Paul II calls “the feminine genius” with the spousal love analogy. A woman’s body is the visible sign of her feminine genius and her heart. Her body is designed to be open and...[Read More]

Unchangeable Dignity

If you are a victim of any form of abuse, struggling to hear the voice of your gentle Savior calling you His Beloved, this post is for you.

Overcoming Darkness with the Light of Love

“I have often drawn attention to the fact that in woman is contained, as it were, the final word of God, our Creator. For womanhood denotes the future of man. Womanhood denotes motherhood, and motherhood is the first form of entrustment of one man to another. The word “entrustment” is especially important here. ‘God wants to give another person to you’ means that God wants to entrust that other person to you. And to entrust means that God believes in you, trusts that you are capable of receiving the gift, that you are capable of embracing it with your heart, that you have the capacity to respond to it with a gift of yourself.” – Saint John Paul the Great Every new life, from the moment of conception, is gift from God. Every woman whom He chooses to entrust with His precious gift has ...[Read More]

He Loves Me Into Full Bloom

Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the desert, and speak tenderly to her heart. – Hosea 2:14 I have never been to an actual desert and yet I do not need to use my imagination to visualize this verse from Hosea. There are physical, geographical deserts and there are spiritual deserts. Christ the Bridegroom is our Living Water so any place, even our own hearts, devoid of His Presence is a barren desert. My Egypt and my desert was my 29 year marriage; a land barren of love and devoid of any shade from the scorching sun of another’s wounds and brokenness. What thirsting I endured! Such a thirsting and searching for even just a dew drop of compassion. Four years ago, God asked me if I was willing to trust Him to lead me out of Egypt even though the journey to the lan...[Read More]

Dry Bones Came Alive

The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he led me out in the spirit of the LORD and set me in the center of the plain, which was now filled with bones. He made me walk among the bones in every direction so that I saw how many they were on the surface of the plain. How dry they were! He asked me: Son of man, can these bones come to life? I answered, “Lord GOD, you alone know that.” Then he said to me: Prophesy over these bones, and say to them: Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: See! I will bring spirit into you, that you may come to life. I will put sinews upon you, make flesh grow over you, cover you with skin, and put spirit in you so that you may come to life and know that I am the LORD. I, Ezekiel, prophesied as I had been told, and ...[Read More]

Heart speaks to Heart

This I know to be true: Jesus desires a relationship with me even more than I desire one with Him. I also know that the foundation of all relationships is frequent honest communication; speaking and listening heart to heart. My relationship with my Lord must be no different than any of my other relationships. In fact, I realize now that how Jesus and I communicate, (speaking, listening, and sitting together in silence) needs to be my model for how I communicate with everyone. Honest communication with my Lord means I am safe to share all my thoughts, emotions, desires, and fears. Jesus longs for me to talk to Him about every detail of my life including my inner self-talk and painful emotions. He can even patiently listen to me tell Him that I am angry with Him, that I don’t understand Him,...[Read More]